Raptors Rumors & News

  • Why DeMar DeRozan is the most polarizing player in the NBA

    Sporting News "As a three-time All-Star with averages of 23.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game since 2014, DeMar DeRozan checks out as one of the best players currently in the NBA. And yet, he hasn’t been recognized as such for the second offseason in a row. Despite being named to the All-NBA Third..." September 19

  • Bob Delaney will no longer oversee NBA's game officials

    ESPN "Bob Delaney, the NBA's Vice President for Referee's Development and Performance, will no longer oversee the league's game officials, league sources tell ESPN. The NBA has been pursuing a more data-driven and analytical management structure over the NBA's referees, integrating searching more..." September 18

  • NBA Releases ‘I’m Why’ Commercials To Preview the 2017-18 Season

    SLAM Online "With a series of new documentary-style commercials, the NBA launched the next chapter of the “This Is Why We Play” campaign on Monday. The new series entitled “I’m Why” portrays the unique perspectives that make NBA basketball special. " September 18

  • ACL injury in NBA athletes not associated with number of minutes played

    Healio "Results published in Orthopedics showed the risk for ACL injury among players did not increase with the number of minutes played in a single National Basketball Association game. To determine the influence of minutes played on injury risk, researchers assessed minutes played in the injury game,..." September 18

  • Report: NBA commissioner may soon have power to fine teams for resting players

    CBS Sports "The NBA may soon have new rules for the draft lottery. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday that the competition committee has sent the reform proposal through to the Board of Governors, who will vote on the issue at the end of September. Much of the focus of that report is on the..." September 15

  • Report: NBA Would Prefer Teams Lie About Injuries

    Deadspin "Adrian Wojnarowski has another scoop related to an upcoming NBA board of governors meeting, during which potential rule changes will be voted on, and this one makes the league look pretty stupid This is in response to the occasional fits the league gets thrown into when a (not coincidentally)..." September 15

  • NBA board of governors to vote on draft lottery reform Sept. 28

    ESPN "The NBA's Competition Committee has recommended the league's proposal on draft lottery reform, sending it to the board of governors for a vote on Sept. 28, league sources told ESPN. The draft reform changes would start with the 2019 Draft, if passed by the board of governors. Among proposed..." September 15

  • Raptors GM: We’re not expecting players to change overnight

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors enter the 2017-18 season with a fairly prodigious task: to change without making real change. When team president Masai Ujiri met with the media following a second-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers, his message was blunt, stating that the franchise needed a..." September 14

  • DeMar DeRozan takes issue with Sports Illustrated player ranking once again

    Larry Brown Sports "There’s no offseason tradition quite like DeMar DeRozan feeling disrespected by his annual Sports Illustrated player ranking. The Toronto Raptors shooting guard was revealed on Tuesday to be ranked No. 36 in SI’s yearly list of the top 100 players in the NBA. Shortly thereafter, DeRozan sent..." September 12

  • NBA lottery changes would be nice, but will not fix the league's real problem

    CBS Sports "The NBA lottery system is again under scrutiny, and it looks like this time, there may be some real change. A report last week from ESPN outlined myriad changes the competition committee and NBA Board of Governors were to examine this week to the NBA's system for determining draft order. Among..." September 12

  • Raptors’ Lowry could earn an extra $2 million in incentives

    Sportsnet "Former NBA executive and current ESPN scribe Bobby Marks has details on a number of contract incentives around the league this season. Players can earn bonuses for a number of reasons— everything from all-star appearances, to total games played, defensive production, and reaching certain..." September 12

  • Is there a fit for Vince Carter to return to Raptors?

    Sportsnet "Maybe it was the giddiness of the moment. Or maybe Masai Ujiri has something up his sleeve. But Vince Carter was once again making news as it relates to the Toronto Raptors on the weekend. On stage at the Princess of Wales Theatre Saturday were some of the biggest figures in pop culture, let..." September 11

  • Proposal for NBA draft lottery reform to disincentivize tanking, set even odds for worst teams

    USA Today "When the NBA’s competition committee meets to discuss lottery reform later this week, it will be presented with a proposal designed to disincentivize the race for the league’s worst record and best odds to win the draft lottery. The proposal has three main elements, four people with direct..." September 11

  • Raptors' Ujiri: 'Vince Carter will be home in Toronto'

    Clutch Points "Even at the age of 40, Vince Carter remains a relevant figure in the NBA. While it’s no longer mostly because of what he could bring to the court, his legend has grown so much that people are still talking about the 19-year veteran of the league. Carter is unlikely to stay in the NBA for long,..." September 10

  • Raptors Hire Former SI Writer Luke Winn As Director Of Prospect Strategy

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors have named Luke Winn as the club’s Director, Prospect Strategy. Winn joins the Raptors after working at Sports Illustrated for the past 15 years, most recently as a senior writer covering college basketball. Winn brings with him an extensive knowledge of basketball..." September 08

  • GMs say tampering is part of the NBA: Not cheating means 'not trying'

    CBS Sports "Tampering is a part of the NBA. This is a common fact that has become more accepted over the years. General managers and agents around the league work behind the scenes to get deals done before they're technically allowed to. This is why contracts are agreed upon the second free agency begins, and..." September 06

  • Kevin Durant’s been studying DeMar DeRozan’s ‘amazing’ footwork

    Sportsnet "Standing at six-foot-11 (don’t believe the six-foot-nine listing) and boasting a career shooting line of 48.8/37.9/88.2 to an average of 27.2 points per game, it’s pretty safe to say that Kevin Durant is among the most gifted talents in the NBA today. Turning 29 just before the regular season..." August 28

  • Raptors SF removed from Brazilian National Team for ‘act of indiscipline’

    Larry Brown Sports "Toronto Raptors small forward and Brazil native Bruno Caboclo is apparently stirring up a bit of trouble on the international basketball circuit. Renato Lamas, manager of the Brazilian National Team, spoke with FIBA.com over the weekend and revealed that Caboclo has been removed from the team..." August 28

  • Raptors’ Bruno Caboclo removed from Brazil national team at Americup

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors small forward Bruno Caboclo has been removed from the Brazilian national team competing at the FIBA Americup after an act of indiscipline during the team’s game against Mexico on Saturday. According to Brazil’s team manager Renato Lamas, who spoke with FIBA.com, Caboclo twice..." August 27

  • Raptors choose Kyle Lowry as their 2017 Teammate of the Year

    Sportsnet "Kyle Lowry was voted the Toronto Raptors‘ 2017 Teammate of the Year by the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA). Lowry’s teammates chose him for the award for the second consecutive season. Westbrook also came away with the Hardest to Guard and Best Dressed awards. LeBron James was..." August 19

  • Raps sign McDaniels to one-year deal

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors have signed guard K.J. McDaniels to a partially guaranteed one-year deal, reports ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal was seemingly confirmed by McDaniels' management team in a tweet by ASM Sports." August 17

  • Raptors Sign Kyle Wiltjer

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have officially signed Wiltjer, the team announced today. His deal will include a partial guarantee, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN (Twitter link). 9:10am: A month after being waived by the Clippers, Kyle Wiltjer has landed with a new team, according to Oliver Maroney and Robby Kalland..." August 15

  • Raptors contacted Cavaliers about Kyrie Irving

    Sportsnaut "Despite signing All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry to a lucrative three-year contract this summer, the Toronto Raptors are potentially looking to add another star to the mix. General manager Bobby Webster just recently indicated that the team has talked to the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading for..." August 15

  • Raptors assistant Jamaal Magloire morphs into a leader for Caribana

    Sportsnet "On most days as he’s patrolling this city, Jamaal Magloire is fielding questions about his day job. Will Serge Ibaka start at the five? What is the ceiling of Jonas Valanciunas? How is Jakob Poeltl’s progress coming? Who is the next great Canadian big man? These are the questions that get..." August 13

  • OG Anunoby spotted wearing Raptors’ new jersey with Sun Life patch

    Sportsnet "OG Anunoby has helped provide a glimpse into how the Toronto Raptors‘ jerseys will look for the 2017-18 season. During a photo shoot with fellow rookies, the NBA captured a couple of photos of Anunoby wearing a red Raptors jersey made by Nike that also includes their new Sun Life sponsorship..." August 11

  • NBA expected to approve player-resting rules

    Chicago Sun-Times "NBA owners are expected to approve player-resting rules in September designed to cut back on teams benching healthy players for regular-season games, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak..." August 10

  • Raptors' Wright on Carroll's criticism: 'He knew what he was getting into'

    Sportsnet "One of the most intriguing Toronto Raptors players to watch this season is Delon Wright. The University of Utah product has shown glimpses of being an impactful NBA contributor, but hasn’t had the minutes to solidify himself in coach Dwane Casey’s rotation. With the departure of Cory Joseph..." August 02

  • Don't expect Raptors to completely change playing style: DeRozan

    Toronto Sun "DeMar DeRozan has heard the talk and he wants to set the record straight. According to the longest serving Raptor, anyone expecting huge changes to the way the Raptors play basketball is basically talking through their hat. “I think the media kind of blow it out of proportion like it’s..." July 27

  • NBA Sees Expansion As Inevitable But Not Sure On Timeline

    Real GM Basketball "In an interview in June with C.J. McCollum for The Players Tribune, Adam Silver talked about expansion. "I think it's just a question of when's the right time to seriously start thinking about expansion," said Adam Silver. "Think about the state we're in the league right now, where amazing to..." July 26

  • Raptors Sign Lorenzo Brown To Two-Way Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have filled the second two-way contract opening on their roster, announcing today in a press release that they’ve inked free agent guard Lorenzo Brown. Malcolm Miller received the club’s other two-way deal earlier this month. Brown, a second-round pick in 2013, appeared in 63 total..." July 25

  • Paul Pierce, Stephen Jackson rip Carroll’s criticism of Raptors

    Sportsnet "DeMarre Carroll‘s comments on his way out of Toronto have caused quite a stir. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey may have refuted any idea that there was mistrust in his locker room last season, but that hasn’t stopped fans and media alike from weighing in on the matter from all corners, including..." July 21

  • Dwane Casey wants to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said Tuesday that he has plans to give DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard position in 2017-18 season. “We got to have a better mentality of ball movement, man movement and spacing,” Casey said on Wednesday while on The Andrew Walker Show on Sportsnet..." July 20

  • Adam Silver predicts legal sports gambling ‘in the next few years’

    Larry Brown Sports "Long bullish regarding the prospect of legalizing sports gambling in the United States, NBA commissioner Adam Silver thinks it will happen sooner rather than later. Silver said Wednesday that he expects sports betting to be legalized within a few years, saying it would provide “enormous..." July 20

  • Stephen Jackson Said DeMarre Carroll Isn’t ‘Good Enough To Have An Opinion’

    Uproxx "DeMarre Carroll was traded from the Raptors to the Nets this offseason after two disappointing seasons in Canada. Carroll had injury issues that kept him from being on the floor consistently and Toronto and Carroll both seemed to need to move on from each other. Now in Brooklyn, reunited with..." July 20

  • DeMarre Carroll: Nets a better fit for me than the Raptors

    New York Post "DeMarre Carroll may be a southerner at heart, but the newest Net says coming to Brooklyn will be like a family reunion. And coach Kenny Atkinson is that family. By far the two best seasons of Carroll’s career came in Atlanta while Atkinson was the Hawks’ lead assistant. After the small forward..." July 19

  • Dwane Casey refutes claims that Raptors had trust issues

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey says recent comments from DeMarre Carroll about locker-room dysfunction are “overblown” and maintains that his team was unified this past season. “I would challenge anyone to say when the Toronto Raptors stepped on the floor, that we were not a team,”..." July 19

  • NBA eliminates home and road uniforms, teases new Nike jerseys

    CBS Sports "NBA games will look a lot different next season, as the league has uniform major changes planned as they begin their partnership with Nike. One of the big changes in store is that the league is doing away with home and away jerseys, so expect to see plenty of color vs. color uniform matchups..." July 18

  • As Raptors seek new identity, efforts to deal Jonas Valanciunas still come up short

    Sporting News "Back in 2012 at the London Olympics, Lithuania national coach Kestutis Kemzura expressed some of the concerns he had about his young big man, Jonas Valanciunas, who was then 20 years old and coming into his first season in the NBA. Valanciunas had struggled in the tournament, and Kemzura told..." July 17

  • Justin Hamilton waived and en route to China

    EuroHoops.net "The 27-year-old center was sent to the Raptors via a trade with the Brooklyn Nets but Toronto decided to waive him in order to earn some cap space by getting rid of his three-million guaranteed contract. While Hamilton was a primary target of Panathinaikos in the case of Chris Singleton’s..." July 15

  • Raptors Reportedly Have Interest in Boris Diaw

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Raptors reportedly have inquired about Utah Jazz power forward Boris Diaw, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune. Diaw, 35, averaged 4.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 73 games with the Jazz last season." July 13

  • The NBA Is Reportedly Moving Up The Trade Deadline Next Season

    Dime Magazine "The NBA trade deadline has, for years, happened after the NBA All-Star break. The weekend breeds trade rumors as executives have the chance to meet in person and reporters dig for details of those discussions amid the parties and festivities. Then, the week after celebrating the league’s best,..." July 13

  • Adam Silver: Changing NBA playoff structure 'not at top of agenda right now'

    CBS Sports "There has been talk for years about disregarding conferences when it comes to the NBA playoffs and seeding the teams 1-16 based on records. The idea resurfaced recently, after All-Stars Paul George and Jimmy Butler were traded to the Western Conference, making it even more formidable than it..." July 12

  • Olympic Channel to air all original broadcasts of 1992 Dream Team's gold medal run

    SI "We live in an endless era of basketball debates—LeBron versus Durant, should you or should you not trust The Process, and is Danny Ainge crazy or crazy like a leprechaun? Here’s the one thing most pro basketball fans can agree on is this: The 1992 United States Olympic Team is the greatest in the..." July 12

  • DeMarre Carroll: ‘Lack of trust’ among Raptors last season

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors had a breakthrough season in 2015-16, winning a franchise-best 56 games and reaching the conference finals for the first time ever. Last season, however, the club took a step back, winning 51 games and getting swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second-round of the..." July 11

  • Breaking down Raptors roster after Carroll, Joseph trades

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors roster is taking shape for the 2016-17 NBA season. Having already locked in Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka to three-year deals, the team freed up much-needed cap space by trading DeMarre Carroll to the Brooklyn Nets, and then swapping Cory Joseph for Indiana Pacers forward C.J...." July 10

  • DeMar DeRozan fires ball at ref’s head during Drew League Game

    Yardbarker "Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan is playing in the Drew League this summer in an effort to stay in shape ahead of the 2017-2018 NBA season. But on Sunday night, the 27-year-old appeared more well-suited for a game of dodgeball on ESPN 8-The Ocho than a game of basketball. Upset with..." July 10

  • Carroll trade gives Raptors more flexibility, more holes to fill

    Sportsnet "Ever since Chris Bosh left for Miami and, more recently, with the emergence of DeMar DeRozan as one of the NBA’s elite two-guards, the Toronto Raptors have struggled to populate their two forward positions. DeMarre Carroll was supposed to fix that problem, but he didn’t. Even as the NBA..." July 09

  • Raptors To Waive And Stretch Justin Hamilton

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors will waive and stretch Justin Hamilton. The Raptors agreed to acquire Hamilton as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade with the Brooklyn Nets. " July 09

  • Raptors acquiring C.J. Miles in sign-and-trade deal with Pacers for Cory Joesph

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have agreed in principle to acquire veteran guard C.J. Miles in a sign-and-trade with the Indiana Pacers, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting. Miles, a free agent, will reportedly sign a three-year $25-million deal with a player option. According to an earlier..." July 09

  • Nets absolutely bamboozled Raptors in DeMarre Carroll trade

    Sportsnaut "The Brooklyn Nets made their second absolutely shocking trade of the summer on Saturday night, reportedly acquiring veteran wing DeMarre Carroll as well as a 2018 first and second-round pick from the Toronto Raptors for reserve center Justin Hamilton. This comes on the heels of Brooklyn..." July 09