Raptors Rumors & News

  • 5 Players Who Should Be on the Trade Block After 2018 NBA Draft

    Bleacher Report "Now that the 2018 NBA draft has passed, the offseason's other big shoe, free agency, is ready begin its descent July 1. In the interim—or even afterward—trades could keep things interesting.  Some teams could feel pressure to deal a critical player..." June 25

  • Raptors To Sign Rawle Alkins To Camp Deal

    Hoops Rumors "Rawle Alkins is expected to head to training camp with the Raptors this fall, according to Jeremy Woo of SI.com, who reports (via Twitter) that Toronto agreed to sign the Arizona guard to a camp deal. Alkins, who wasn’t picked on Thursday night, entered the draft..." June 22

  • Despite pick tipping, NBA Draft draws fifth best overnight rating on record

    Awful Announcing "Thursday night’s NBA Draft was not the spoiler-free affair the league hoped for, but that doesn’t seem to have held back ratings much. Austin Karp of Sports Business Daily reports Friday that ESPN and ESPN2’s draft coverage combined for..." June 22

  • Raptors could be looking at major off-season changes

    Sportsnet "It is the beginning of the NBA’s off-season, arguably its best season, when everyone around the league sits back and waits to see what outrageous gifts the league that never sleeps will bestow on its fans, franchises and television partners. It kicks off with Thursday’s..." June 21

  • Raptors 905 hire Jama Mahlalela as new head coach

    Raptors Republic "Jama Mahlalela is set to become the third head coach in Raptors 905 history, the Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday. With Nick Nurse being named the Raptors’ head coach and Jerry Stackhouse departing for the Memphis Grizzlies, a shake-up was bound to take place. Nurse has spoken..." June 19

  • Report: Raptors gauging trade interest in Norman Powell

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors need to shed some salary off the books ahead of an uncertain offseason. Toronto already has $126 million devoted to 11 players with the luxury tax set at $123 million for the upcoming 2018-19 season, and so it's no surprise that the front office has..." June 19

  • Raptors GM: RFA VanVleet Is ‘Our Highest Priority’

    Hoops Rumors "An undrafted rookie two years ago, Fred VanVleet emerged as one of the Raptors‘ most important players during the 2017/18 season, leading the second unit and playing crunch-time minutes for the club. Now, he’s eligible for restricted free agency, and the Raps sound..." June 18

  • Report: Raptors looking to trade into lottery to draft Gilgeous-Alexander

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors are without a pick in Thursday's NBA draft, but they're hoping to acquire a first-rounder via trade and reportedly have a specific target in mind if they manage to do so. The Raptors are hoping to find a deal that nets them a pick high enough to..." June 18

  • Jonas Valanciunas unlikely to be traded this summer

    Clutch Points "  It is no secret that the Toronto Raptors could potentially make some substantial changes to their roster. As a result, center Jonas Valanciunas has arrived at the forefront of trade rumors given new head coach Nick Nurse’s affinity for running..." June 15

  • Clippers Hire Rex Kalamian As Assistant Coach

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to hire Rex Kalamian as assistant coach. Kalamian was an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors  " June 14

  • Assembling new staff 'first priority' for new Raptors coach Nurse

    Yardbarker "Assembling a staff will be the first priority for Nick Nurse, who was officially hired as the Raptors’ new head coach earlier today, writes Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun. With many of Dwane Casey’s assistants possibly following him to Detroit, Nurse, an assistant in..." June 14

  • Report: 'No love lost' between Casey, Nurse amid Raptors' coaching change

    The Score "Despite a largely successful partnership during their time together with the Toronto Raptors, Dwane Casey and Nick Nurse might be happier they'll reside in different cities next season. In a report from Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star, league sources say the newly..." June 13

  • Raptors' Ujiri doesn't think Colangelo deserved to lose job

    The Score "Masai Ujiri was targeted by burner Twitter account diatribes traced back to Bryan Colangelo's wife, but the Toronto Raptors president says he harbors no ill will toward his former superior. "To me, my thoughts are with Bryan and his family, honestly," Ujiri told The..." June 13

  • Raptors Hire Nick Nurse On Three-Year, $10M Deal

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors have agreed to hire Nick Nurse as head coach on a three-year deal worth nearly $10 million. Dwane Casey was making a little more than $6 million per season. " June 13

  • Why Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas, Masai Ujiri are relying on Nick Nurse for future success

    Sporting News "If you’re going to change from a coach who just led you to 59 wins and is a favorite to win Coach of the Year in the NBA, then conventional logic would dictate that you should probably veer in a different direction altogether. That’s what it looked like the Raptors might be doing..." June 12

  • Raptors To Hire Nick Nurse As Head Coach

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors are hiring assistant Nick Nurse as their new head coach, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reports (via Twitter) that the two sides are finalizing the details of a contract. The report comes on the heels of Marc Stein of The New York Times..." June 12

  • Raptors Down To Two Coaching Finalists?

    Hoops Rumors "Spurs assistant Ettore Messina had a second interview this week for the Raptors’ head coaching vacancy and is believed to be a finalist for the job along with Toronto assistant Nick Nurse, tweets Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports. " June 10

  • Jerry Stackhouse joins Memphis Grizzlies as assistant coach

    NBA.com "After making the rounds in early head coaching interviews, Jerry Stackhouse will reportedly take an important step toward ultimately earning that position. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday that Stackhouse, a former NBA All-Star and standout head coach in the NBA G..." June 10

  • Lonzo Ball, JR Smith Lead Betting Odds for Next NBA'er Busted for Burner Account

    Bleacher Report "Burner social media accounts are apparently all the rage in the NBA. Just ask former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Bryan Colangelo and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant. And now, you can bet on which player will be caught using one..." June 08

  • Raptors Mentioned As Potential Dark-horse For LeBron

    Real GM Basketball "Chris Haynes was asked for his gauge of LeBron James' free agency plans. "I don't think it's anything serious to where he will actually think about signing there," said Chris Haynes of James and the Warriors during an appearance on Tim Kawakami's podcast...." June 08

  • Raptors face luxury tax issue and no clear path to contention

    Yardbarker "After a record-breaking regular season, the Raptors once again laid an egg in the postseason, leading to the firing of Coach of the Year candidate Dwane Casey. Now, barring any trades, the team is faced with a potential luxury tax issue with a roster that cannot seem to compete in the weaker..." June 06

  • Potential Trade Packages and Landing Spots for DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry

    Bleacher Report "The 2018 NBA offseason could see some major shakeups throughout the league. There are big names on the free-agent market (LeBron James, Paul George, DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan), the looming Kawhi Leonard situation in San Antonio and possible trades involving oft-rumored names like C.J...." June 06

  • Report: Nurse remains frontrunner for Raptors' head coaching vacancy

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors are leaning toward assistant Nick Nurse as the favorite to land their vacant head coaching job, league sources told TSN's Josh Lewenberg. Nurse has already been interviewed for the post, and a report last month indicated the Raptors..." June 06

  • Raptors Trade Rumors: Nobody on Toronto Is Considered Untouchable

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Raptors are reportedly open for business. Appearing on ESPN Tuesday night, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski (h/t DefPen Hoops' Rob Lopez) disclosed the Raptors won't be making anyone untouchable in trade talks this summer.  "One thing about Masai..." June 05

  • Raptors Interview Sarunas Jasikevicius For HC Job

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have interviewed Zalgiris head coach Sarunas Jasikevicius for their open head coaching job, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link). A former NBA player, Jasikevicius spoke to Toronto president of basketball operations Masai Ujiriabout..." June 05

  • What's up with the Raptors coaching search?

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Raptors fired head coach Dwane Casey shortly after another playoff elimination at the hands of LeBron James. After the team conducted a few interviews in May, though, the search for his replacement hasn’t drawn much attention. Mike Budenholzer emerged..." June 04

  • NBA To Experiment With Coach Challenges During Summer League

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA will use this July’s Las Vegas Summer League to test out a new coach’s challenge system for referees’ calls, sources tell ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. According to Windhorst, league officials are still working out the exact details of how the system will work,..." June 04

  • Mike Budenholzer Chose Bucks Over Raptors Due To Difference In Expectations

    Real GM Basketball "Mike Budenholzer chose the Milwaukee Bucks over the Toronto Raptors this offseason. The Raptors are still conducting their head coaching search. According to an NBA insider, Budenholzer chose the Bucks over the Raptors due to the expectations that would greet him with..." June 04

  • Vince Carter will never forget what started ‘Vinsanity’

    Sportsnet "It happened in Oakland but it’s clearly one of the most electrifying nights in Toronto sports history. Even Vince Carter himself admits it jump-started the "Vinsanity" portion of his career. The dunk contest was dying a slow death by the turn of the century, as the..." June 03

  • NBA Explains Why They Will Seek Royalty From Sports Betting

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver expounded on the NBA's position on seeking a royalty from legal sports betting now that it will be widely legalized in the United States. "One of the issues we had on the table and have been seeking is a so-called integrity fee," said Silver. "And the..." June 01

  • Bryan Colangelo's alleged burner account calls Raptors' Masai Ujiri 'a trust fund baby'

    Sporting News "The Internet was set ablaze Wednesday night when The Ringer published a piece diving into alleged burner accounts created by Philadelphia 76ers team president Bryan Colangelo.  In an extensive expose, Colangelo is revealed to have been critical of his current team,..." June 01

  • NBA Commissioner Adam Silver: No anthem policy alterations needed

    San Francisco Gate "NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday the league has no plans to change its longtime policy requiring players to stand for the national anthem, in the wake of the NFL adopting a similar rule last week. The NFL’s decision followed a tumultuous season in which several players..." June 01

  • NBA Still Not Interested In Pursuing Expansion

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA continues to resist the idea of expansion despite an obvious location in Seattle and strong candidates in Las Vegas, Mexico City and Kansas City. "As I said before, expansion is not on our agenda right now. We may turn back to it at some point," said Silver when..." June 01

  • Bryan Colangelo was reportedly suspected of having burner accounts with Raptors

    Larry Brown Sports "Had the Philadelphia 76ers done more research before hiring Bryan Colangelo, they may have learned that operating burner accounts on social media and other websites is something the general manager has a history with — allegedly, of course. On the “Sixers Beat”..." May 31

  • Joel Embiid, DeMar DeRozan to headline NBA Africa Game 2018

    247 Sports "The NBA released some details about the third NBA Africa Game on Thursday, including the date and location of the event.  From the NBA:  "The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)..." May 31

  • Raptors Interview Messina, Udoka For Head Coach Job

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors officially interviewed Spurs assistant coaches Ettore Messina and Ime Udoka for the team’s vacant head coaching position, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Messia interviewed on Thursday while Udoka met with the Spurs on Friday, Wojnarowski notes. With several..." May 26

  • Raptors Will Explore All Trade Options In Offseason

    Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors will explore all options on the trade market this offseason, according to multiple sources. The Raptors parted ways with Dwane Casey, which could decrease the odds of a major overhaul of the roster . " May 25

  • Valanciunas committed to joining Lithuania for third window

    Sporting News "Jonas Valanciunas has been Lithuania's number one fan during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers. Jonas Valanciunas has been Lithuania's number one fan during the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 European Qualifiers. Watching his countrymen in action..." May 24

  • James Harden, LeBron James headline 2017-18 All-NBA First Team

    Sporting News "The NBA on Thursday announced James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant have been named to the 2017-18 All-NBA First Team. May 24

  • Report: Dwane Casey top candidate to be Detroit Pistons coach

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Pistons reportedly have identified former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey as the top candidate to replace Stan Van Gundy as head coach.  ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported to news Thursday, citing an anonymous league source.  The Pistons have..." May 24

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet receive NBA all-defence team votes

    Sportsnet "The NBA announced its all-defensive teams for the 2017-18 regular season on Wednesday. To no surprise, Utah Jazz centre Rudy Robert led all vote-getters with 94 out of a possible 100 votes for first-team honours. Gobert led the league in defensive win shares, while finishing third..." May 23

  • Raptors’ All-Star Kyle Lowry could reportedly be traded this summer

    Sportsnaut "It’s rather clear that firing head coach Dwane Casey was only the first in what promises to be a long line of moves for the Toronto Raptors after they were embarrassed by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Semifinals earlier this month. Without a whole lot of room..." May 23

  • Gobert, Davis, Oladipo, Holiday, Covington On 2018 NBA All-Defensive Team

    Real GM Basketball "Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz and Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans lead the 2017-18 NBA All-Defensive First Team. Gobert was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the second year in a row, as selected by a global panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters.  The..." May 23

  • Cryptic Instagram post inspires concern about DeMar DeRozan

    Yardbarker "DeMar DeRozan earlier this year exhibited tremendous courage by opening up about struggles with depression and mental health issues. Now a cryptic Instagram story posted by the Toronto Raptors superstar has inspired some concern among the team’s fans. The Toronto Raptors star,..." May 22

  • Mitchell, Simmons Voted Unanimous All-Rookie First Teamers

    SLAM Online "Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and Sixers guard Ben Simmons were voted as unanimous NBA All-Rookie First Team selections, the NBA announced on Tuesday. Celtics wing Jayson Tatum would have been unanimous First-Team, if not for one Second-Team..." May 22

  • NBA playoffs mired in worst pre-Finals competitive-game drought ever

    Pro Basketball Talk "Exciting games. Clutch plays. Close finishes. Remember those? The NBA playoffs have hit a lull. It has been 11 days since the last game decided by fewer than 10 points. Longer competitive-game droughts have occurred – though not many, and never before..." May 22

  • Can Raptors move top stars on trade market? NBA exec weighs in

    Sporting News "  Hard to believe, but it has been only two weeks since the Raptors last took the floor with the hopes of salvaging some sense of dignity against the Cavaliers, who’d steamrolled Toronto in their semifinal matchup. The Cavs KO’d the Raptors in a stunning sweep, of..." May 22

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