Raptors Rumors & News

  • 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

  • Raptors Trade For Serge Ibaka... Because of Kevin Love Injury News

    The Big Lead "The Toronto Raptors have made the first major trade of the NBA season by sending Terrence Ross and a 1st round pick to the Orlando magic in exchange for Serge Ibaka. The Raptors should like this move short and long term. Toronto went 56-26 last season and finished a game behind the Cleveland..." February 14

  • Report: Raptors to acquire Ibaka from Magic for Ross, pick

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors are finalizing a trade with the Orlando Magic to acquire Serge Ibaka in exchange for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first-round pick according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports." February 14

  • Magic, before trading Serge Ibaka to Raptors, feared he’d leave as free agent

    Pro Basketball Talk "Remember when, upon being traded to the Magic last summer, Serge Ibaka said he wanted to stay in Orlando forever? A 21-36 record and an overcrowded frontcourt comes at you fast. The Magic traded Ibaka to the Raptors today, in part, because his feelings about Orlando appeared to..." February 14

  • Recently traded Terrence Ross thanks Raptors fans on Twitter

    Sportsnet "Terrence Ross took to Twitter to thank Toronto fans shortly after it was announced he was being traded to the Orlando Magic for Serge Ibaka. The Toronto Raptors drafted Ross with the eighth-overall pick in 2012. He averaged 9.5 points per game of 42.2 per cent shooting for his career with..." February 14

  • A promise left unfilled, Vince Carter and the Raptors

    Yardbarker "When people think of Vince Carter's time with the Toronto Raptors, they think of his legendary performance at the 2000 Slam Dunk Contest or his 50-point outburst in Game 3 of the 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals against Allen Iverson and the 76ers. Maybe they think of his infamous graduation day..." February 14

  • Ibaka? Gallinari? Gibson? Struggling Raptors weighing options

    Sporting News "Kyle Lowry knows it. DeMar DeRozan knows it. The rest of the league knows it. The Raptors’ artfully named mascot, The Raptor, knows it. Toronto’s got a hole in the roster at power forward, and it needs to be filled. And as the trade deadline approaches, it needs to be filled quickly. That..." February 13

  • Lowry sounds off after another Raps meltdown: 'Something gotta change'

    Raptors Republic "We don’t normally throw up post-game quotes just as they are, but Kyle Lowry’s comments following Sunday’s frustrating loss to the Detroit Pistons were interesting – and biting – enough to warrant sharing. We’ll post the video when it’s up on YouTube in a bit, but here’s the transcription of..." February 13

  • Pistons use fourth-quarter rally to beat Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has had better shooting games. The Detroit Pistons guard made the shots when he needed to on Sunday night, however, including a 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds left in the game in the 102-101 win over the Toronto Raptors. "I was just hoping it would go..." February 12

  • Raptors, Clippers among teams keeping tabs on Gallinari

    Bleacher Report "Stein reported there is a "growing belief" Denver will trade its leading scorer based on the likelihood of his opting out of the final year of his contract at season's end. The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers are considered two likely destinations. Gallinari is currently averaging 17.2..." February 12

  • Raptors interested in Serge Ibaka

    Sporting News "The Toronto Raptors continue to look to improve this season and according to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, that improvement may come in the form of Orlando Magic big man Serge Ibaka. Although Jonas Valančiūnas is enjoying a much-improved season, the Raptors are still struggling trying to find..." February 10

  • NBA, Take-Two to Create Professional Videogame League

    Fox Sports "Think you’re one of the best NBA 2K players on the planet? Now, you’ll be able to prove it — and maybe even make a living doing it. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced plans Wednesday to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional..." February 09

  • Jones, Wiggins deliver late in Timberwolves' victory

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Timberwolves squandered far too many double-digit leads throughout the course of the 2016-17 season. On Wednesday, Minnesota decided to flip the script. The Timberwolves battled back from 13 points down and held on to beat the visiting Toronto Raptors..." February 08

  • Adrian Wojnarowski Is Close To Joining ESPN

    Deadspin "NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski is close to an agreement to leave Yahoo and join ESPN, according to multiple sources, a huge shakeup in the basketball reporting world that will have a wider-reaching effects beyond where you get your news. And according to one source, Wojnarowski isn’t the only..." February 08

  • Report: NBA also reduces projected 2018-19 salary cap to $103 million

    Pro Basketball Talk "Adam Silver said he dislikes the 1+1 contracts signed by players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The NBA commissioner might soon see players lock into longer deals more often and switch teams less often. Not only does it now project the 2017-18 salary cap to reach just $102 million, the..." February 07

  • Pitbull, Travis Scott and 'Inside the NBA' live will be at All-Star Weekend

    USA Today "TNT wants to party with you in New Orleans. The cable network is throwing a four-day bash for NBA All-Star Weekend, starting Thursday night with a free show from rapper Travis Scott and continuing all the way to Sunday. It's the "NBA on TNT Road Show," an extension of the branding the league..." February 07

  • DeRozan returns to lead Raptors over Clippers

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan returned to the Toronto Raptors' lineup Monday night and had an instant impact, scoring 31 points in a 118-109 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. "It puts things back in the pecking order," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "It's funny how things go when you have..." February 06

  • Raptors’ Cory Joseph will not complain about demotion because it would be “un-Canadian-like”

    Toronto Sun "These are trying times for the Toronto Raptors, losers of eight of their past 10 games ahead of a matinee at Brooklyn on Sunday. Injuries keep testing the club’s depth, and the wins that came so frequently earlier in the season have become far more difficult to come by To a man, the players..." February 06

  • After singer flubs 'O Canada' lyrics, Raptors troll Nets on Twitter

    ESPN "The anthem singer for the Toronto Raptors- Brooklyn Nets game at Barclays Center Sunday struggled with the lyrics to "O Canada," and the Raptors responded by tweaking the Nets on Twitter. Amber Iman, a member of the national touring cast of the Broadway hit "Hamilton," couldn't remember the..." February 06

  • Raptors beat Nets as Lowry records triple-double

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK –- For the Toronto Raptors, part of this weekend was spent talking about their frustrations with a disappointing stretch. The weekend ended with the Raptors talking about playing better defense and Kyle Lowry getting a triple-double despite feeling "under the weather". Lowry..." February 05

  • Magic knock off Raptors 102-94

    The Sports Xchange "ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic were clinging to a four-point lead with about two minutes to play as All-Star guard Kyle Lowry began to size up C.J. Watson at the top of the key. One more shot could break the team's will and open the path for the Raptors to steal a win on the road. The..." February 03

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry participating in three-point shootout

    Sportsnet "Aaron Gordon has unfinished business in the All-Star dunk contest. The skywalking Orlando Magic forward is one of the four selections for this year’s contest, to be held on Feb. 18 in New Orleans on All-Star Saturday night. DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers, Glenn Robinson III of..." February 03

  • Thomas leads another 4th-quarter Celtics' comeback win

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- The way things are going for Isaiah Thomas, the last thing he needs is extra motivation. Wednesday night, Boston's little big man had not one, but two sources of motivation that may or may not have led to his latest explosion that produced the Celtics' latest win. "Honestly,..." February 01

  • Lowry lifts Raptors to OT victory over Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- One overtime period was enough for Kyle Lowry. The Raptors point guard made a 21-foot step-back jumper with 4.3 seconds to play in OT, and it was the difference in Toronto's 108-106 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night. The Pelicans had one last chance, but..." January 31

  • Raptors’ Ujiri, Lowry among sports figures no longer able to stay silent

    Sportsnet "If you ever wanted to hear what athletes think about sensitive political issues, the kind of hot-button topics that commonly would have been no-go zones even a few months ago, this is a golden era. However the fast-moving policy train that is the Donald Trump presidency ultimately shakes out —..." January 31

  • Kyle Lowry Offered A Blunt Response To Donald Trump’s Travel Ban: ‘It’s Bullsh*t’

    Dime Magazine "At the rate we’re going, the “Stick to sports!” crowd is going to be exhausted from the NBA’s ongoing assault on President Donald Trump by mid-week. Just as Steve Kerr already blasted the president’s travel ban for “going against the principles of what this country’s about” and “breeding anger and..." January 30

  • Magic hold on to beat Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The difference for the Orlando Magic was a 19-0 run in the second quarter. It turned a 10-point disadvantage into a nine-point lead and, as it turned out, was the only quarter in which Orlando outscored the Toronto Raptors. The 33-15 second-quarter surge was barely enough..." January 29

  • Lowry helps Raptors end five-game skid

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- If someone was going to snap the Toronto Raptors out if their funk, it figured that Kyle Lowry would be the guy. "Kyle told us it's much more than words, it needs to be actions," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "And in that first quarter, showed us what you needed. Words are..." January 27

  • Gasol's 42 points carries Grizzlies past Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Scoring his team's first 16 points should have been the tipoff. Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was going to be a challenge for the Toronto Raptors to defend Wednesday night at FedExForum. When the final horn sounded -- a few seconds after the Raptors' Kyle Lowry..." January 26

  • Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas lead All-Star Game reserves; Joel Embiid left off list

    Pro Basketball Talk "After the fans/media/players picked the NBA All-Star Game starters, the tough job falls to the coaches: Pick the seven reserves for each side. Hard because each squad has about a dozen deserving guys, and while a few on each side are no brainers it also means some difficult cuts. Cuts will be..." January 26

  • Five NBA Players Who Won't Be Traded—But Should Be

    SI "The NBA trade deadline is roughly a month away, and that means we're about to enter peak rumor season around the league. It's already begun, really. In the past week, we learned that Ricky Rubio is reportedly on the block, and that the Pistons and Wolves were discussing a Rubio-for-Reggie Jackson..." January 25

  • Spurs keep winning without key players

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills talked about just trying to hold things together until some of his more prominent teammates return from injury. Mills, who scored 18 points coming off the bench, and his Spurs teammates are doing a good job of it. Led by 21 points and..." January 24

  • Police Sources: NBA Star Kyle Lowry Victim In Multi-Million Dollar Jewelry Burglary Ring

    CBS Philly "A multi-million dollar jewelry burglary ring is cracked in the Delaware Valley as investigators are trying to recover all the jewels stolen from victims, including an NBA star player. CBS 3 watched as a team of investigators sorted through hundreds of pieces of jewelry inside V Jewelers in the..." January 24

  • Raptors' DeMar DeRozan: Sprains ankle in Sunday's loss

    CBS Sports "DeRozan injured his ankle after landing on Jonas Valanciunas' foot in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 115-103 loss to the Suns, eventually heading to the locker room inside the last two minutes. He finished the game with 22 points (6-17 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 10-11 FT) while adding four assists, three..." January 23

  • DeRozan will miss 2 games with ankle injury

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors will be without the services of their top scorer for the next two games. The team announced on Monday that will miss games this week with the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies with a right ankle sprain. He will be reevaluated prior to a Friday night visit by the..." January 23

  • Bledsoe's 40 lead Suns over Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Phoenix Suns were the team that was playing for the second night in a row. The Toronto Raptors, who rested on Saturday, only looked as if they were. The Suns overcame an eight-point disadvantage 45 seconds into the fourth and outscored the Raptors 33-18 in the final..." January 22

  • Walker, Hornets walk over Raptors 113-78

    The Sports Xchange "CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte Hornets coach Steve Clifford has a simple explanation for why his team has suddenly righted the ship. "They got sick of losing, and now they're playing better," Clifford said bluntly after the Hornets routed the Toronto Raptors 113-78 on Friday night at the..." January 20

  • LeBron James, Stephen Curry lead NBA All-Star starters to New Orleans

    Pro Basketball Talk "The fans had their say — they wanted Stephen Curry as a starter in the All-Star Game and they got it. But that leaves Russell Westbrook on the outside looking in. The NBA All-Star Starters for the Feb. 19 game in New Orleans were announced Thursday. Remember, the fan vote — which used to be the..." January 20

  • There Were Two Egregious Snubs On The NBA All-Star Starters Roster

    Uproxx "Normally, the conversation surrounding All-Star “snubs” takes place after full rosters are announced in any sport. On Thursday, the NBA announced only the 2017 starting lineups for both the East and West and, in something of a rare twist, the outrage machine got a very early start. This time,..." January 20

  • TNT planning "Players Only" broadcast night with analysts doing play-by-play

    Awful Announcing "Sports networks are experimenting all the time with new ways to deliver games to viewers. We’ve seen special camera angles, special megacasts, special things done with announcers, we’ve even seen First Take make an appearance during halftime of Monday Night Football. Ok, maybe that last one wasn’t..." January 19

  • Sixers stay on a roll with 94-89 win over Raptors

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers' march to respectability has been long and difficult, but they are finally starting to reach some milestones. On Wednesday night, they beat the Toronto Raptors for the first time in exactly four years, 94-89, behind 26 points and nine rebounds from Joel..." January 18

  • Joseph's career game pushes Raptors past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- On Monday, Cory Joseph found out there was a possibility he would start for a resting Kyle Lowry. A day later, possibility became a reality for Joseph. And a player not known for scoring put on a superb impersonation of Lowry. Joseph scored a career-high 33 points,..." January 17

  • Raptors' Lowry focused on winning, not free agency

    ESPN "When it comes to admiring the staggering numbers that Russell Westbrook and James Harden are putting up nightly, Kyle Lowry is like the rest of us. He too is in awe of the "ridiculous numbers" and admits it has been "unbelievable to watch." But don't let Lowry fool you. Quietly, the Toronto..." January 17

  • Adam Silver addresses George Karl's suggestion of PED use in the NBA

    USA Today "NBA commissioner Adam Silver says that while he has no evidence that performance enhancing drugs are a problem in the league, any suggestion that it might be will be taken seriously. Silver was asked about a wide range of topics at his press conference in London Thursday, which came before the..." January 17

  • DeRozan leads Raptors past Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors believe their third-quarter showing on Sunday afternoon against the New York Knicks was an example of what their team is capable of when their offense and defense are clicking simultaneously. Toronto outscored New York 27-8 in the third quarter, paving the way..." January 15

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