Raptors Rumors & News

  • DeRozan, Raptors rally past Heat

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- The Toronto Raptors seemed headed to another double-figure visiting loss against the Miami Heat until DeMar DeRozan had other ideas. De Rozan scored 40 points, and the Raptors rallied from an early 15-point deficit to defeat the Heat 101-84 Thursday night. DeRozan shot 14 of..." March 23

  • March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M

    Real GM Basketball "March Madness generated $1.24 billion in advertising revenue for CBS and Turner in 2016. The two networks pay a combined $800 million per year to broadcast the NCAA tournament and that figure will increase to more than $1 billion beginning in 2024. The advertising revenue generated for CBS and..." March 23

  • Chicago Bulls' Robin Lopez, Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka each suspended one game

    NBA.com "Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. Raptors assistant coach..." March 22

  • NBA takes wrong approach to scheduling issue

    USA Today "There’s well-meaning, and then there’s meddling. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s letter to owners, urging them to get more involved in the decision to rest key players and warning of “significant penalties” for teams that flout league rules, will do little to stem the growing problem and might..." March 22

  • Raptors' Serge Ibaka, Bulls' Robin Lopez ejected after exchanging punches

    Sporting News "The Raptors and Bulls came to blows when a shoving match broke out during their game Tuesday, resulting in a pair of ejections and multiple technicals as officials attempted to sort through the fracas. The scuffle began with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter when Raptors center Serge Ibaka..." March 22

  • Steve Kerr, Rick Carlisle, Gregg Popovich agree rest unrest fixable

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he would be willing to cut his own salary if the NBA shortened the schedule as a potential solution to the issue of stars resting during regular-season games as preventative maintenance. "I wouldn't be opposed to it, even at the expense to my own..." March 22

  • DeRozan's 42 point help Raptors solve Bulls in OT

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors showed fight in more than one way Tuesday night. They fought back from 15 points down in the fourth quarter and won 122-120 in overtime over the Chicago Bulls, led by 42 points from DeMar DeRozan -- one shy of his career best. In gaining their third..." March 21

  • DeRozan leads Raptors past Pacers

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors got physical with the Indiana Pacers Sunday night. The Pacers did not shove back. Toronto applied pressure defensively, and again Indiana did not respond. The result was predictable, a one-sided game. Led by 22 points from DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors..." March 19

  • Has Drake Been Missing From Toronto Raptors Games? Other Fans Think So

    Complex "Drake almost never misses an opportunity to shout out Toronto. Whether he's rapping about running through the Six or putting on local artists, his love for his hometown has rarely been in doubt. The Canadian rapper is a Global Brand Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, and one of the perks of..." March 19

  • Raptors Hold Lengthy Meeting Following Blowout Loss To Thunder

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors held a lengthy postgame meeting following their 123-102 loss at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Dwane Casey didn't address the media until 38 minutes after the game ended compared to his typical 10-15 minutes. "That exhibition of basketball was unacceptable," Casey..." March 17

  • Raptors overcome fourth-quarter deficit against Pistons

    The Sports Xchange "AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Their big-time scorer was silenced in the first half. They struggled to get any easy baskets. Their floor leader remained out of action. The Toronto Raptors had plenty going against them on Friday night but they never got flustered. Their defense remained solid until..." March 17

  • Westbrook's 34th triple-double leads Thunder past Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Russell Westbrook did what he does best by posting yet another triple-double in a dominating performance. He had plenty of help from his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates in a 123-102 dismantling of the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. "I thought we did a good job..." March 16

  • Lowry progressing; no change in timeline

    TSN "Kyle Lowry is in New York City to get a routine checkup on his wrist two weeks after having surgery. According to TSN's Raptors reporter Josh Lewenberg, the point guard is progressing well, but there is no change to the timeline of his return date. Lowry has started rehabbing the wrist with..." March 15

  • Vince Carter Says He Would Beat Michael Jordan in Dunk Contest

    SLAM Online "If time travel existed, and both guys were back in their athletic primes, Vince Carter thinks he would defeat Michael Jordan in a dunk contest. Carter concedes that MJ was the better player, but likes his chances in a dunk-off against Jordan or anyone else for that matter. The 40-year-old..." March 15

  • DeRozan leads Raptors past Mavericks

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- It starts with getting stops. Then the offense can do its thing, getting out and running. It worked for the Toronto Raptors Monday night when they defeated the Dallas Mavericks 100-78 led by 25 points, six rebounds and two assists from DeMar DeRozan. "It makes the game a lot..." March 13

  • Red-hot Heat rip Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "MIAMI -- Heat point guard Goran Dragic, his right eye swollen shut due to an orbital contusion, left the game 41 seconds into the third quarter, never to return after getting elbowed accidentally by Cory Joseph. But even though Miami lost its top scorer and leader in assists -- Dragic looked..." March 11

  • Hawks clamp off Raptors for 105-99 win

    The Sports Xchange "ATLANTA -- If Atlanta and Toronto tie for fourth place in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks will have the tiebreaker for home court over the Raptors thanks to an edge in the season series. The Hawks put the defensive clamps on Toronto in the fourth quarter and took two of the three..." March 10

  • Valanciunas powers Raptors past Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- Toronto coach Dwane Casey utilized a three-day minicamp in Miami to iron out some kinks in an offense decimated by injuries to All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry and forward DeMarre Carroll, forcing the Raptors to think of other ways to score rather than just rely on the scoring muscle..." March 08

  • Raptors' Lowry opens up about wrist surgery: 'It’s a 10-year process'

    Toronto Sun "Kyle Lowry confirmed something we suspected since he underwent surgery: The wrist problem that eventually resulted in surgery was not something that happened at once. It was a problem he had been dealing with over time and it got to the point where he was no longer able to be effective..." March 07

  • Raptors' Carroll suffers ankle sprain vs. Bucks

    Toronto Star "The Toronto Raptors have no true, consistent second offensive option these days — no one knows which player will shine from one game to the next — and may have suffered the loss of a potential candidate for the role. DeMarre Carroll, who can every now and then alleviate some scoring pressure..." March 05

  • Middleton, Hawes pace Bucks over Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- A little more than a month has passed since Spencer Hawes joined the Milwaukee Bucks and all he had to show for his time in the Brew City was three minutes of action at the tail end of a rout of the Clippers. But that all changed Saturday night, when Hawes scored 16 points as..." March 04

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver says All-Star Game needs 'reset'

    ESPN "NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Friday that changes will come to the league's All-Star Game next year. Chris Paul, the National Basketball Players Association president, called Silver to discuss changing the league's showcase game shortly after the Western Conference raced past the Eastern..." March 04

  • Terrence Ross Wrote a Heartfelt Letter to Toronto

    Complex "Terrence Ross may have been traded away from the Toronto Raptors, but the player isn't planning to forget the organization or its hometown anytime soon. The 26-year-old took some time out this week to express his love for the city of Toronto, a place he called home for almost five years. It's a..." March 03

  • DeRozan helps Raptors avenge loss Wizards

    The Sports Xchange "WASHINGTON -- The Toronto Raptors' second unit couldn't have played much worse in Wednesday's loss against the Washington Wizards. When the teams shifted their home-and-home series below the border, their production pointed straight north. Having All-Star DeMar DeRozan save his best for last..." March 03

  • 11-year-old fan sends letters to all 30 NBA teams urging them to draft her favorite player

    SI "Monmouth senior Justin Robinson is the leading scorer in the MAAC, but at 5'8" he’ll need a little extra help to make it to the NBA. That’s where 11-year-old Monmouth fan Erica Schaeffer comes in. The Schaeffers are season ticket holders and Robinson is Erica’s favorite player. When her..." March 02

  • Bogdanovic, Wizards down Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Bojan Bogdanovic is proving to be an important addition for the Washington Wizards, already. The guard/forward, playing his fourth game since being obtained in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, scored 27 points off the bench Wednesday night and the Wizards defeated the Toronto..." March 01

  • Lakers reportedly expected to target Kyle Lowry over summer

    Larry Brown Sports "Steve Nash and Gary Payton are the only All-Star point guards that the Los Angeles Lakers have had on their roster in the 21st century, but that could change as soon as this offseason. According to a report by Sean Deveney of the Sporting News on Tuesday, the Lakers are expected to target..." February 28

  • DeRozan rallies Raptors past Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- For DeMar DeRozan, the moment of hitting a game-winning shot might as well resemble a quiet afternoon inside a silent gym during the middle of the summer as opposed to a road arena with the game on the line in the middle of a tight playoff race. Pressure? If there was any,..." February 27

  • Raptors announce Kyle Lowry to undergo wrist surgery, hopefully return for playoffs

    Sportsnaut "Kyle Lowry will undergo surgery to remove loose bodies from his right wrist. The Toronto Raptors hope to have him back by the start of the playoffs. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports Lowry could return for regular season games before the playoffs. This is a massive hit to Toronto’s..." February 27

  • DeRozan leads Raptors over Trail Blazers

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors may be a different, tougher team with the recent additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker. They may have been without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry, who has missed the past two games with a wrist injury. They still have All-Star shooting guard DeMar..." February 26

  • NBA: Isaiah Thomas didn’t intend to make gun gesture at Raptors’ Carroll

    Sportsnet "When Isaiah Thomas hit the floor late in the second quarter of Friday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors, victim of a hard foul delivered by the Raptors’ DeMarre Carroll, he didn’t take the matter lying down. The tiny, high-scoring Boston Celtics guard jumped to his feet, rushed to..." February 26

  • DeRozan, Raptors race past Celtics

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard, could not play Friday night because of a sore right wrist. That was a cue for the Raptors' All-Star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan to take matters into his own hands. DeRozan was up to the task, scoring 43 points to lead..." February 25

  • Raptors' Lowry to be further evaluated after wrist injury

    Bleacher Report "Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has a wrist injury that could keep him out for multiple games. Per the Raptors' official media relations Twitter account, Lowry will not play on Friday against the Boston Celtics and "will have further evaluation over the weekend." Blake Murphy of..." February 25

  • Kyle Lowry competed at All-Star Weekend with injured wrist

    Larry Brown Sports "Toronto is feeling the post-All-Star blues in more ways than one. Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was ruled for Friday’s game against the Boston Celtics due to a right wrist injury with head coach Dwane Casey saying that he will be re-evaluated next week, per Josh Lewenerg of TSN. Casey also..." February 25

  • Isaiah Thomas on Carroll flagrant: 'Guys who aren't factors in games do that'

    Mass Live "Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas ripped into DeMarre Carroll after the Toronto Raptors wing delivered a hard flagrant foul Friday night. With 2:23 left in the second quarter, Carroll shoved Thomas to stop a fast break. After leaping to his feet, Thomas ran toward Carroll to state his..." February 25

  • Suns' Booker told Tucker he wouldn't be traded - right before he was traded

    Bleacher Report "The NBA trade deadline struck at 3 p.m. ET. Of course, news of some finalized deals occasionally funnels through the grapevine after the window officially closes. At 3:04 p.m. ET, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the Phoenix Suns had dealt P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors. If..." February 24

  • Raptors To Acquire P.J. Tucker

    Hoops Rumors "2:21pm: The two picks heading to the Suns in the deal are the Raptors’ unprotected second-rounders in 2017 and 2018, tweets Gambadoro. 2:04pm: The Suns will trade P.J. Tucker to the Raptors, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports. In return, Toronto will send Jared Sullinger and two future..." February 23

  • Raptors Debating Whether To Trade 1st Rounder To Suns For P.J. Tucker

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors are considering whether to give up a first round pick in a trade for P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns. The Raptors would likely include Jared Sullinger as salary filler in the deal." February 23

  • With less than 24 hours left, NBA trade deadline heats up

    KSL "We're not under 24 hours until the NBA's trade deadline. Here's what's going on with the Jazz and around the NBA. Derrick Favors trade looks unlikely Monday, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that the Jazz have tested the market for Derrick Favors, seeing what kind of interest there is in the Jazz's..." February 22

  • Potential NBA trade deadline deals that should scare Raptors fans

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have done trade deadline work early this year. Even though they are still in the market for a swing man, their pre-all-star break acquisition of Serge Ibaka has made them intriguing down the stretch. If Ibaka re-signs this summer and makes them a legit challenger to..." February 22

  • Wizards, Jazz, Others Interested In P.J. Tucker

    Hoops Rumors "P.J. Tucker‘s name has been coming up in trade rumors for over a month now, and with less than 48 hours to go until the deadline, the Suns swingman appears to be receiving interest from several potential suitors. Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders (Twitter link) identifies the Raptors, Wizards,..." February 21

  • Andre Drummond Trade Pitched by Raptors Reportedly Included Jonas Valanciunas

    Bleacher Report "Prior to swinging a deal with the Orlando Magic for forward Serge Ibaka, the Toronto Raptors reportedly offered the Detroit Pistons a trade for center Andre Drummond involving Jonas Valanciunas. According to Jake Fischer of SI.com, the Raptors are "skeptical" about Valanciunas, which is why..." February 21

  • Ending Contracts To Watch At The Deadline

    Basketball Insiders "The Ending Contracts With the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline approaching on Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. EST, there is more and more chatter in NBA circles, and the biggest questions facing NBA teams is what to do with their ending contract or possible ending contract players. The bulk of deals..." February 21

  • Big questions, lots of answers before NBA trade deadline

    ESPN "Only a week or so ago, most league executives anticipated a quiet deadline. So many teams were in desperate win-now mode, few would sell off quality veterans to the grease the trade wheels. Teams just outside the contender circle wouldn't mortgage the future for a suicide mission against Golden..." February 21

  • How a rookie snub forged DeMar DeRozan into one of the NBA’s elite

    Sportsnet "There are 24 all-stars gathered in New Orleans, ten of them starters, of which DeMar DeRozan is one. And while none of them are what you would call an underdog in the classic sense of the term – no matter how hard a road an NBA player had to walk to reach the peak of the sport, they started..." February 18

  • Some Magic players happy to see Serge Ibaka traded

    Sportsnaut "It really shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the Orlando Magic traded Serge Ibaka for pennies on the dollar. He simply didn’t fit in with the team after being acquired from the Oklahoma City Thunder during the summer. Now comes this report suggesting that certain unnamed Magic..." February 16

  • Ujiri: I wasn’t waiting for Raptors players to tell me we need help

    Sportsnet "Much has been made about the recent ominous comments by DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry about the state of the Toronto Raptors and their current slide down the standings. Some have even gone as far as to suggest the club’s deal with the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka was an immediate reaction to the..." February 16

  • Lowry helps Raptors storm past Hornets

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors and the Charlotte Hornets are two struggling teams. At least the Raptors can go into the All-Star break with a winning feeling after coming back from a 17-point deficit, while the Hornets continue to flounder. Kyle Lowry broke a tie with a driving,..." February 15

  • Raptors may not be able to retain Serge Ibaka, Kyle Lowry in offseason

    Sporting News "Tuesday’s acquisition of Serge Ibaka helps give the Raptors versatility on their front line and also creates one of the league’s most interesting summers depending on how the remainder of this season turns out. Ibaka is about to be an unrestricted free agent for the first time. He signed an..." February 15

  • Butler returns to help Bulls beat Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jimmy Butler says there are different ways to change a game. Butler saved his game-changing -- or rather game-saving -- performance for the end as he hit seven free throws in the final 1:48 to help the Chicago Bulls hold off a late rally for a 105-94 win over the Toronto Raptors..." February 14