Raptors Rumors & News

  • John Wall shares Drake’s bad prediction about Wizards/Raptors series

    Larry Brown Sports "The Washington Wizards have only evened their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series with the Toronto Raptors, but in a sense, John Wall has already gotten something of the last laugh. Wall said Monday that he’s excited to return to Toronto for Game 5 so he can see Drake, who he claims made a..." April 23

  • Raptors’ Fred VanVleet doubtful for Game 4 vs. Wizards

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet is doubtful for Game 4 against the Washington Wizards on Sunday. VanVleet missed all of Games 1 and 3, and played just under three minutes in Game 2 due to a right shoulder injury suffered during the last game of the regular season. The 24-year-old..." April 22

  • Raptors’ Anunoby thriving, unfazed by bright lights of the playoffs

    Sportsnet "Less than three minutes into Friday night’s 122-103 Washington Wizards win over the Toronto Raptors, OG Anunoby got switched on to Markieff Morris as he chased Bradley Beal around the floor. This is exactly what the Wizards wanted. Anunoby had done a terrific job of limiting Beal in the first..." April 22

  • Raptors’ bench missing in action through 3 games vs. Wizards

    Sportsnet "What happened to the bench? That’s one of the bigger questions the Raptors are left to ask themselves after falling 122-103 to the Washington Wizards Friday night. It’s not just about one game. The Raptors were always going to face adversity at some point in the playoffs, and this loss is much..." April 21

  • Kenyon Martin Says 85 Percent of NBA Smokes Marijuana

    SLAM Online "While the NBA bans the use of marijuana, Kenyon Martin estimates that “85 percent” of the League continues to find ways to smoke marijuana. In a roundtable discussion with B/R Mag’s Master Tesfatsion, Matt Barnes added that not only the players—but coaches and executives—smoke weed. “Some of..." April 20

  • Adam Silver: 'We Should Be Compensated' If Sports Gambling Is Legalized

    Bleacher Report "NBA commissioner Adam Silver reiterated Friday the league believes it should receive compensation if sports betting becomes legal in the United States. Silver explained his stance during an appearance on ESPN's Get Up!, per Andrew Joe Potter of The Score. "We've joined the fray ... and we..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on NBA’s handling of tanking incentives: ‘We’re not there yet’

    Pro Basketball Talk "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has defined tanking so narrowly – a team purposefully losing – he can deny it happens. A team sitting good healthy players? Not necessarily tanking. A team using suboptimal lineup combinations? Not necessarily tanking. Players giving less effort as they feel..." April 18

  • NBA owner reportedly berated coach for not tanking

    Larry Brown Sports "As long as the NBA keeps its draft system the way it currently is, tanking will always be a huge issue across the league, particularly late in the season. For at least one team owner, tanking was an absolute must down the stretch. In the latest edition of his podcast with Bobby Marks, ESPN’s..." April 17

  • Wizards stars John Wall, Bradley Beal say refs missed calls in Game 1 loss to Raptors

    ESPN "Washington Wizards All-Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal felt there were a few officiating calls missed against them during Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors, and they are ready to adjust to that for Game 2. Beal said Tuesday that the Raptors were especially..." April 17

  • Big Pay Raises Coming for G League Players

    New York Times "The N.B.A. is instituting a long-anticipated salary increase in its developmental league, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans. Effective next season, players signed to G League contracts will earn $35,000 — or $7,000 per month — in addition to housing and insurance benefits..." April 17

  • NBA Leaves 18-19 Cap Projection At $101M, 19-20 At $108M

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA has not changed their preseason salary cap projection of $101 million for the 18-19 season and $108 million for 19-20 in a new memo to teams." April 17

  • Kyle Lowry sticking with Game 7 treatment for Game 2

    Larry Brown Sports "Treating Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals as a Game 7 worked for Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors, so the point guard is doing it again for Game 2. The Raptors, who had a long history of struggling in Game 1s, beat the Washington Wizards 114-106 in the series opener on Saturday...." April 16

  • Jerry Stackhouse To Interview With Hornets, Magic, Knicks

    Real GM Basketball "The Charlotte Hornets and Orlando Magic plan on interviewing Jerry Stackhouse. Stackhouse will also interview with the New York Knicks" April 16

  • 2018 Pre-Lottery NBA Draft Order

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA conducted its draft tiebreakers on Friday evening, further cementing the draft order for 2018. While we’ll have to wait until the lottery to determine the exact order for this year’s event, we now know what most of the 60 selections look like. Listed below is the pre-lottery 2018 NBA..." April 16

  • How Raptors intend to slow down Wizards dynamo John Wall

    Sportsnet "Spirits are high for the Toronto Raptors, and perhaps more so their perpetually distressed fan base, following Saturday evening’s Game 1 victory over the Washington Wizards. And they should be. The Raptors hit a boatload of threes, won the rebounding battle, and overwhelmed Washington’s defence..." April 15

  • How Raptors killed their playoff demons and proved their new look works in Game 1 vs. Wizards

    CBS Sports "At halftime, the takes came flying in: Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan can't get their act together in the playoffs. The Playoff Raptors are back. It is a Game 1, so of course Toronto is losing at halftime. Déjà vu! Indeed, the Raptors trailed the Washington Wizards after 24 minutes at the Air..." April 15

  • Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet out for Game 1 vs. Wizards

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet will not play in Game 1 against the Washington Wizards, coach Dwane Casey confirmed before tip-off Saturday. VanVleet hurt his shoulder during Wednesday’s regular season finale against the Miami Heat Wednesday and was forced to exit that game in the..." April 14

  • Raptors, Maple Leafs viewing parties cancelled due to poor weather

    Sportsnet "Both the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Maple Leafs viewing parties outside Air Canada Centre in Maple Leaf Square have been cancelled Saturday due to inclement weather. The Raptors are set to kick off their 2018 post-season against the Washington Wizards at 5:30 p.m. ET. and will be without the..." April 14

  • Raptors’ DeRozan: Not reaching NBA Finals is ‘waste of a year’

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are going for it all. Long criticized for not having the ‘it’ factor, four time all-stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are inviting the pressure this time around. Making a guest appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, the pair told host Rachel Nichols that anything less than a shot..." April 14

  • Raptors' first attempt at offensive overhaul taught Toronto important lesson

    Sporting News "There was a time, under coach Dwane Casey, when the Raptors entered a season hoping to completely alter their offensive approach. But no, this was not last October — it was back in 2012, the final season of Raps general manager Bryan Colangelo’s tenure. It didn’t go well. As the Raptors get..." April 14

  • Van Vleet questionable for Game 1

    TSN "Toronto Raptors key reserve guard Fred VanVleet is questionable to face the Washington Wizards in Game 1 of his team's first-round series on Saturday. VanVleet was declared day-to-day after incurring a right shoulder bruise in the team's regular season-finale Wednesday night. Raptors head coach..." April 13

  • Kyle Lowry says Raptors' Game 1 against Wizards is 'our Game 7'

    CBS Sports "The Toronto Raptors are holders of one of the most bizarre losing streaks in the sporting world. Entering their first-round series with the Washington Wizards, which starts on Saturday afternoon, the Raptors have lost 10 straight Game 1s. Making it even stranger is the fact that six of those..." April 13

  • Three teams interested in hiring Jerry Stackhouse as coach

    Larry Brown Sports "The hot coaching candidate in the NBA this offseason appears to be former guard Jerry Stackhouse. According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Stackhouse has already been contacted by the New York Knicks, and the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets are also interested in speaking to..." April 13

  • Raptors ready to test new offense in championship-or-bust playoffs

    Pro Basketball Talk "Raptors president Masai Ujiri spent a lot of time talking about a "culture reset." Players debated how significant the change was for Toronto – which kept coach Dwane Casey and stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan – and whether it would stick. Then, the Raptors spent all year proving their revamped..." April 12

  • Wizards 'not scared' and 'relieved' to draw Raptors

    Washington Post "The inconsistent season had crawled to a close. Inside Amway Center visitor’s locker room in Orlando, Washington Wizards backup center Jason Smith picked at plate of chicken thigh meat. As Smith waited for his meal to cool, he salivated over the taste of the playoffs. “This is fun time now,”..." April 12

  • Knicks to contact Raptors 905 coach Jerry Stackhouse

    Sportsnet "The New York Knicks are planning on contacting Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse as part of their search to fill their vacant head coaching position, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Stackhouse joined the Toronto Raptors as an assistant in 2015, and has been the bench boss of..." April 12

  • NBA viewership up year-over-year on both ABC and TNT

    Awful Announcing "It has been a good year for the NBA. Both conferences have featured more exciting races than expected, with mildly surprising results atop the standings and all kinds of unexpected outcomes (Jazz! Blazers! Pacers!) just a bit lower down. Superstars have played like superstars, young players have..." April 12

  • Raptors To Sign Lorenzo Brown For Remainder Of Season

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors will sign Lorenzo Brown for the remainder of the season, according to Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic. Brown is currently on a two-way deal with Toronto. The point guard won the G League’s Most Valuable Player Award this season, appearing in 32 games for the Raptors 905. He..." April 11

  • Raptors Convert Lorenzo Brown To Standard NBA Contract

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors have converted guard Lorenzo Brown to a standard NBA contract. Brown, who signed a two-way contract July 25, 2017, is now eligible to participate for the Raptors in the playoffs. Brown has appeared in 14 games with the Raptors this season. Averaging 2.3 points, 1.1 rebounds..." April 11

  • Lorenzo Brown Named G League Most Valuable Player

    Real GM Basketball "Raptors 905 guard Lorenzo Brown was named the 2017-18 NBA G League Most Valuable Player in a vote by the league’s 26 head coaches and general managers. Brown (6-5, 187, North Carolina State), who signed a two-way contract with the Toronto Raptors last July, averaged team highs of 18.8 points,..." April 10

  • Raptors' DeRozan, Valanciunas sitting out Sunday vs. Magic

    Sportsnet "DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas will rest for the final home game of the Toronto Raptors regular season to be played against the Orlando Magic, according to Eric Koreen of The Athletic. The Raptors have already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference but have yet to find out who..." April 08

  • Raptors 905 claim second straight G-League Eastern Conference title

    Sportsnet "Raptors 905 defeated the Erie BayHawks 118-106 to win their second Eastern Conference title in as many seasons on Friday and advanced to the G-League Finals. Lorenzo Brown scored a game-high 28 points, while Aaron Best recorded a season-high 23 points. Shevon Thompson added 16 rebounds in the..." April 07

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry can’t shake addiction for the links

    Sportsnet "Kyle Lowry ponders the question. “How badly are you addicted?” Lowry comes clean. “You know how they say cocaine is a hell of a drug?” the Toronto Raptors all-star point guard says. “Well, golf is a hell of a drug.” Lowry got turned onto it when he was young by someone he trusted, and..." April 07

  • How Dwane Casey plans to keep his Raptors sharp for the playoffs

    Sportsnet "If you’ve spent enough time listening to Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey speak publicly, you’re surely familiar with his favourite expressions. “We were playing through mud.” “It’s a make or miss league.” “Our passes need to be on time and on target.” When part of your job is..." April 07

  • Ever-improving DeRozan an embodiment of how far the Raptors have come

    Sportsnet "When DeMar DeRozan was 21 and in his second NBA season, he started all 82 games for a deeply flawed Toronto Raptors team that won only 22 times. He played nearly 35 minutes a night, averaging a little more than 17 points. The spectacularly enigmatic Andrea Bargnani led the team in both those..." April 07

  • Raptors beat Pacers to clinch No. 1 in East, set record for franchise wins

    Toronto Star "DeMar DeRozan remembers too many losses and too many struggles and too much disappointment not to revel in being with a Toronto Raptors team that once again has made franchise history. In his ninth season, a career that included an ugly 22-win second campaign, DeRozan has now seen the best year..." April 07

  • Stephen Curry, LeBron James Headline US Men's Basketball National Team Roster

    Bleacher Report "USA Basketball announced its 35-player roster for the 2018-20 international basketball schedule on Friday, with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder's reigning MVP Russell Westbrook among the notable..." April 06

  • Report: Raptors weren't thrilled with Kyle Lowry attending NCAA final

    The Score "There are some in the Toronto Raptors organization who were reportedly not pleased with Kyle Lowry flying to San Antonio on Monday to watch his alma mater, Villanova, play in the NCAA championship game, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg. Lowry's trip came the night before a crucial game against..." April 05

  • Lowry denies San Antonio trip hampered play vs. Cavs: 'I just missed shots'

    The Score "Kyle Lowry wanted to go to San Antonio last summer. He went this spring, instead. The Toronto Raptors point guard and Villanova alum opted to be there in person Monday to witness his alma mater's second NCAA championship in three years, then turned in one of his most ragged performances of the..." April 04

  • Nurse, Vanterpool Top List Of Rising Head Coach Candidates

    Hoops Rumors "No NBA head coaches were replaced during the 2017 offseason, but that’s very unlikely to be the case for 2018. Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post and Chris Mannix of Yahoo Sports suggest that as many as 10 or 11 teams could be on the lookout for a new head coach this offseason. That list of..." April 04

  • Jerry Stackhouse, thriving in G-League, could be Knicks candidate

    New York Post "Maybe there’s a silver lining to the disappointing night suffered by the Westchester Knicks, who were eliminated from the G-League playoffs Monday in the first round by the Raptors 905. For the second straight season, the Raptors 905 have been guided by head coach Jerry Stackhouse, who may get..." April 04

  • Raptors have complete faith in Miles

    Toronto Sun "It’s been a while since CJ Miles had one of those CJ Miles nights where he fills up the basket from beyond the arc. Saturday in Boston it was downright un-Miles like as he took and missed five attempts. The game before that it was just 1-for-7 from distance for the man who has made his name..." April 02

  • Revolution Interrupted: Why Has the NBA's Effort to Hire Female Refs Stalled?

    Bleacher Report "Twenty-one years ago, the NBA broke the gender barrier when it hired Violet Palmer and Dee Kantner, becoming the first major U.S. professional men's league to hire women as full-time officials. But what was once seen as a sign of progress has not ushered in the cultural shift many expected. Today..." April 02

  • NBA Teams That Will Be Most Active on Trade Market This Summer

    Bleacher Report "Trade speculation is rampant during the NBA offseason—for good reason. Every team is, ostensibly, granted a fresh slate each summer. Breaks in the action allow them to decide what's next. Where are they headed? Where do they want to go? Squads can kick around rebuilds. They can chase instant..." April 02

  • Brad Stevens thinks Dwane Casey should win Coach of the Year

    Larry Brown Sports "Brad Stevens is at the forefront of the Coach of the Year discussion this season, but he actually thinks that another candidate is more deserving. Before the Boston Celtics played the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, the Celtics head coach said that he “could care less” about the award and that..." April 01

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry reflects on early Villanova lessons

    Sportsnet "Often referred to as the kid from North Philly, Kyle Lowry sure knows where his roots lie. In an exclusive for The Players’ Tribune, the Toronto Raptors all-star reflected on life growing up in Philadelphia, and how his perspective of Villanova changed over time. According to Lowry, ‘Nova..." March 31

  • NBA teams break league-wide 3-point record for 6th consecutive year

    The Score "NBA players are digging the long ball more and more. Teams combined to break a league-wide record for the sixth year in a row Friday night courtesy of the 23,749th made 3-pointer, surpassing the 2016-17 total. With 93 games remaining, players are drilling threes at more than eight percent above..." March 31

  • Raptors’ reserves rolling, and they don’t plan to let playoffs stop them

    Pro Basketball Talk "Fred VanVleet remembers sitting on the end of the Raptors bench with teammates like Delon Wright, Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam last season. None held a permanent rotation spot, and they discussed what they would do better if they got an opportunity. “If you’re made of anything, nobody likes..." March 31

  • Raptors’ DeRozan: ‘As long as we win, that’s all I care about’

    Sportsnet "Do you remember the last time DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points in a game? It was nearly a month ago, on March 7, when the 28-year-old went off for 42 against the Pistons in Detroit. He’s played 10 games since and is averaging just 19.2 points per night. In fact, he’s surpassed 30 points in a game..." March 30

  • DeRozan (personal) excused from practice

    TSN "Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan was excused from practice on Thursday for personal reasons. TSN's Josh Lewenberg reports DeRozan has flown to Los Angeles to be with his family and his ailing father, Frank. The Raptors are not in action again until Saturday against the Boston Celtics and..." March 29

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