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  • NBA Superstars Who Will Be on Trade Watch by Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Another star is always on the verge of being traded in the NBA. Even if he needs to come out of nowhere, the league always has a next man up. This summer alone is proof. The New Orleans Pelicans shipped Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers. The Oklahoma City Thunder..." July 20

  • Raptors Sign Oshae Brissett To Exhibit 10 Deal

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have signed undrafted rookie forward Oshae Brissett, a Toronto native, to an Exhibit 10 deal, reports Blake Murphy of The Athletic. Brissett attended a pre-draft workout with the defending champions back on June 11 before playing with the Clippers during summer..." July 20

  • Report: Raptors to submit claim for Kostas Antetokounmpo, brother of Giannis, off waivers

    Yahoo! Sports "The Toronto Raptors plan to submit a claim for Kostas Antetokounmpo off waivers, Varlas Nikos of Eurohoops.net reports. Kostas is the younger brother of NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Raptors were previously interested in signing Kostas Antetokounmpo to a two-way..." July 19

  • NBA Power Rankings Post-Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "OK, what just happened? That seismic shift you just felt on the NBA landscape? That was one of the wildest months in NBA history shaking up your favorite team; your parents' favorite team; your uncle's favorite team; heck, even the cat's favorite..." July 19

  • Best contracts of 2019 NBA free agency: Lakers, Warriors find bargains during busy offseason

    Sporting News "Roughly 40 percent of the NBA entered free agency this offseason. Yeah, that's a big number. With so much talent flooding the market, some free agents were inevitably going to be signed to cheaper deals than expected. Which GMs managed to snag valuable players on bargain..." July 19

  • Worst contracts of 2019 NBA free agency: Hornets, Kings weren't only teams to hand out bad deals

    Sporting News "Early in the 2016 NBA offseason, it became clear teams were passing out crazy contracts to average-at-best players. That's what happens when the league sees an unprecedented salary cap spike. Over the past three years, some general managers have gotten smarter with..." July 19

  • NBA Rumors: 30 Free-Agent Targets for 30 Teams Next Offseason

    Bleacher Report "Following a summer that saw Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Al Horford, Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis, Mike Conley and more change teams, 2020's free-agency class looks a bit sparse by comparison. That's not meant as a slight to players..." July 18

  • 10 NBA stars facing the most pressure in 2019-20

    Sportsnaut "Now that most of the pieces have been moved during what has been a frantic summer around the NBA, it’s time to look forward to the 2019-20 season. The Los Angeles Lakers added Anthony Davis to team up with LeBron James, creating a ton of pressure for both..." July 18

  • Kyle Lowry undergoes surgery to repair thumb injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry played through a significant amount of pain during his team’s championship run, and he ended up having to go under the knife because of the thumb injury. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Lowry underwent a procedure to repair a..." July 18

  • The NBA's Supermax Is Doing What It Was Supposed To

    Deadspin "The provisions of a collective bargaining agreement can be tricky things. After all, by definition they’re negotiated and agreed upon by parties with different and largely opposed interests, who will want different and often directly conflicting things out of them. The purpose or intent..." July 18

  • 5 NBA Players Poised for a Breakout Year in 2019-20

    12 Up "1. Lonzo Ball The NOLA Bayou is a far cry from the bright LA lights, which is perfect for Lonzo Ball. Ball came in with immense expectations, and like D’Angelo Russell, can thrive with a change of scenery as a former No. 2 overall pick. Zo hounds his opponents on defense while..." July 18

  • Report: Raptors agree to 2-year deal with Cameron Payne

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors and point guard Cameron Payne have agreed on a two-year contract, sources told The Athletic's Shams Charania. Payne's deal with the defending champions comes with a partial guarantee in the first season, Charania adds. " July 17

  • Raptors To Sign Devin Robinson

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors have agreed to sign free agent wing Devin Robinson to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, reports Blake Murphy of The Athletic (via Twitter). It’s not clear if it will be an Exhibit 10 deal, but it sounds like it could be. Robinson..." July 17

  • Raptors’ player development record ‘really big’ for Stanley Johnson

    Sportsnet "Shortly after news broke that Kawhi Leonard was heading to the Los Angeles Clippers, it was reported the Toronto Raptors were bringing in swingman Stanley Johnson on a two-year contract. Without Leonard in the fold, the Raptors appeared to be on the cusp of a season that would see the..." July 17

  • Nick Nurse on how he’ll coach Raptors without Kawhi Leonard

    Sportsnet "Nick Nurse went 58-24 and won a championship with the Toronto Raptors in his first season as an NBA head coach after replacing reigning Coach of the Year Dwane Casey one summer ago. Having a superstar like Kawhi Leonard to lean on was an integral factor in his success as a rookie..." July 17

  • Who are next NBA stars (James Harden?!) to ride trade wave?

    Yardbarker "Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul and Paul George are “Patients Zero” for the trade epidemic that has rocked the NBA the past two years. Following disappointing ends to their respective 2016-17 seasons, each demanded a trade and was subsequently dealt to a new team that June. Butler went to..." July 17

  • Every NBA Team's Biggest Hole After Free-Agency Madness

    Bleacher Report "Another hectic round of NBA free agency has come and gone, and with the dust now settling, teams are left to grapple with the roster holes that went unfilled. Nothing, of course, is set in stone so far from training camps. But barring any more blockbuster trades, depth..." July 17

  • 3 Winners and Losers From the Hectic NBA Offseason

    12 Up "It really does feel like the NBA offseason is more entertaining than the regular season sometimes. This summer has shaken up the league tremendously with a bunch of old faces in new places, and plenty of mouths left agape after finding out who’s going where. Let’s take a look at..." July 16

  • The Best Player From Every NBA Team

    Fadeaway World "Summer Leauge is already here which means most of the NBA rosters are already set, and while we’re going to see a lot of trades go on throughout the season, several top-tier players are likely to stay put for most of the season. You just can’t win in this league unless you..." July 16

  • Canada’s FIBA World Cup training camp features 17 NBA players

    Pro Basketball Talk "No Andrew Wiggins, no problem. The disconnect between Wiggins and Canada Basketball seemed like a big deal when Wiggins looked like a budding star from a country without much basketball pedigree. But Wiggins has stagnated. Canada, on the other hand, looks like a rising..." July 16

  • Predicting 5 Years from Now Which 2019 NBA Offseason Moves Look Best

    Bleacher Report "Nothing lasts forever. That's the lesson of the 2019 NBA offseason. Actually, based on the shake-ups, teardowns, undertakings and overhauls we saw this summer, it seems more accurate to say nothing lasts for more than a year or two. Example: Of the 25 players named to..." July 16

  • The 11 best rookies at the NBA Summer League, ranked

    SB Nation "NBA summer league lost its main attraction when Zion Williamson exited with a knee injury just nine minutes into his debut for the New Orleans Pelicans. Williamson wasn’t the only top draft pick to miss time in Las Vegas: Ja Morant, Jarrett..." July 16

  • Cavs, Raptors interested in Dragan Bender

    Clutch Points "The Cleveland Cavaliers and the Toronto Raptors are reportedly interested in signing Croatian forward Dragan Bender, according to reports. Bender, the fourth overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in 2016, has failed to live up to expectations. In his first three years in the league, his..." July 16

  • Raptors' Pascal Siakam Not Sweating Kawhi to L.A., 'We're Still The Champs'

    TMZ "Kawhi Leonard leaving for the Clippers doesn't mean a damn thing to Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam right now ... 'cause he tells TMZ Sports he's too busy being a champion!!! Siakam -- the NBA's most improved player in 2019 -- was out in..." July 16

  • Predicting the Next Wave of Breakout NBA Stars

    Bleacher Report "Who will be the breakout stars of the 2019-20 NBA season?  Before we answer that question, we need to address what the term means, as both "breakout" and "star" can be somewhat subjective.  For the purpose of this article, we'll..." July 15

  • The next 3 NBA stars to change teams

    SB Nation "There has been unprecedented movement of NBA stars in recent years. It’s not over. It’s never over. The churn is eternal thanks to shorter NBA contracts, a player mindset that is less wed to the concept of staying with a single franchise over an entire career, and teams..." July 15

  • How Every Bad Free-Agency Signing Could Actually Work

    Bleacher Report "Did your favorite NBA team overspend on free agents this summer? Still scratching your head over that $60 million deal for the career backup? Has your team's front office lost it, or is there actually a plan here? For some big-money free agents, the initial numbers may..." July 15

  • Five Players Who Boosted Their Stock at NBA Summer League

    The Big Lead "The NBA Summer League is filled with illusions. There have been hundreds of players over the years fans got excited about who amounted to nothing after dominating in summer league. But there are still some summer league standouts who earned a roster spot and continue to play productive..." July 15

  • Top 10 NBA Players To Never Have A Triple-Double

    Fadeaway World "We can all agree that personal stats don’t always reflect on the true impact on your team, as you can have the best performance of your life and still lose by 20 points when playing in the NBA. However, some players have made a living out of piling up stats and logging..." July 15

  • Trades to Save Every NBA Free-Agency Loser

    Bleacher Report "The summer of 2019 has been the wildest offseason ride in NBA history. In less than a month, we were treated to the following transactions (and this is just a taste of everything that went down): There's more to a lot of those deals. For example, Butler went to..." July 15

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo was hoping Kawhi Leonard would stay with the Raptors

    Clutch Points "Count NBA MVP and Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo as upset that Kawhi Leonard left the championship-winning Toronto Raptors. In an interview with ESPN, the 24-year-old Antetokounmpo expressed a desire to play Leonard and the Raptors again in a seven-game series. Giannis and the..." July 14

  • Raptors Could Trade Three Players And Draft Pick For Andre Iguodala

    Inquisitr "The Toronto Raptors may have won their first Larry O’Brien Trophy in the 2018-19 NBA season, but they ended up losing the best player of their championship squad, reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, in the 2019 NBA free agency. Despite the strong effort from the Raptors to convince him to..." July 14

  • Why the time is now for the Raptors to go all-in on Pascal Siakam

    Sportsnet "There will always be time to look back, but with the parade past and free agency all but wrapped up, it’s time for the Toronto Raptors to look ahead. But what to focus on? And who? For the past six years, the Raptors’ identity has been largely..." July 13

  • Raptors to sign Dewan Hernandez to partially guaranteed 3-year deal

    Raptors HQ "Fresh off a 3-2 run in the NBA Summer League, the Raptors have reportedly decided to sign their latest draft pick, the 6’10”, 235 pound big man Dewan Hernandez, to a partially guaranteed three-year deal. That’s nothing to sneeze at for a player selected 59th in the 2019 NBA..." July 13

  • The 8 best players left in NBA free agency, ranked

    SB Nation "The opening eight hours of NBA free agency answered most of the questions we had about the future of the NBA, and the stunning Kawhi Leonard decision to join the Clippers with Paul Georgeanswered the rest. So who’s left on the board? Not too many people, now that..." July 12

  • The 10 Best Pairings In The NBA, Ranked

    Dime Magazine "For years, the NBA has been dictated by superteams. The squad that has found a way to get three or four All-NBA level players together has generally been the one that wins. We can debate for days whether or not that’s been a good or a bad thing, but for at least the start of the 2019-20..." July 12

  • NBA Rumors: 5 Blockbuster Trades That Could Happen This Summer

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is always changing. I am going to allow to enter an alternate universe for a minute. Let’s use knowledge and skills to match salaries and make some plausible which could jolt the NBA sphere. Sorry, Kyrie Irving the earth is not flat, but maybe this article will come full..." July 11

  • NBA Teams Blowing It in Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The 2019 iteration of free agency has permanently transformed the NBA. Several teams will lament that fact for years to come. Some invested massive funds in the wrong places. Others missed opportunities to address glaring needs. One major-market club talked a huge game..." July 11

  • 10 Most Underrated Signings Of 2019 NBA Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "Summer league is already underway which means most free agents have already signed a new deal to take their talents elsewhere, and while most people were focused on Durant and Leonard, this free-agent class was stacked with talent. Obviously, superstars win games, but depth wins..." July 11

  • 2019 NBA Free Agents Most Likely to Finish 2020 on a Different Team

    Bleacher Report "Imagine trying to figure out which freshly signed NBA free agents may not finish the 2019-20 season with their current teams. Can't we let the ink dry for a second or two? Nope. Free agency isn't what it used to be. Contracts are shorter in general, and..." July 11

  • Raptors to hold 2019-20 training camp in Quebec City

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are hosting their training camp in Quebec for the first time. The club announced Wednesday that it will prepare for its title defence in 2019-20 at Laval University in Quebec City “As Canada’s team, we felt it was important to go out and visit..." July 10

  • Ten 2019 free agency moves/trades that changed the face of the NBA

    Pro Basketball Talk "It seems like we say this every off-season, but this time we really, REALLY mean it: That was the wildest NBA off-season ever. Superstars shifted teams — and teamed up — and with that contenders for the crown rose and fell (including the team with the..." July 10

  • What's the Next Step for the Toronto Raptors?

    The Big Lead "I don’t really know how I’d be feeling if I were a Raptors fan. On June 13, they finally elevated to the top of the basketball world, toppling the Goliath Warriors in the process, and experienced the sheer joy of an NBA championship for the first time. Only two and a half weeks..." July 10

  • LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Giannis and More Potential 2021 NBA Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "Teams were already carefully monitoring the NBA's 2021 free-agent class even before the group potentially added another surprise member.   When Kawhi Leonard agreed to a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers last week, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported..." July 10

  • NBA trade block: Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry, Kevin Love among 12 big-name players that could be moved

    CBS Sports "As perhaps the wildest free agency period in NBA history draws to a close, a whole new set of circumstances for a number of teams takes shape. Specifically, the Toronto Raptors and Oklahoma City Thunder are in starkly different situations after the departures of Kawhi..." July 10

  • 5 Worst Contracts in the NBA

    12 Up "With all the money thrown around in recent years in the NBA, there were bound to be some deals that went wrong. Of course, the organizations cannot always be blamed for contracts gone awry, especially considering the injury issues of several star players who made the cut. 5...." July 10

  • Biggest Losers in NBA Free Agency

    The Big Lead "NBA free agency is now largely behind us and, hoo-boy, did it fundamentally change the landscape of the league. With all of the top players now under contract, here’s a look at the biggest losers from free agency in 2019.  New York Knicks I mean, this is almost..." July 10

  • Report: Raptors won't move Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Marc Gasol before season

    The Score "It appears the Toronto Raptors will not enter full rebuild mode this summer. The Raptors have no intention of moving veterans Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, or Marc Gasol before the 2019-20 season begins, sources told TSN's Josh..." July 10

  • Most Surprising NBA Paydays in 2019 Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "The NBA's summer of 2016 set an unreachable standard for reckless free-agent spending, so please understand that even the most egregious overpays of 2019 seem fiscally responsible by comparison. Still, a handful of surprising deals flew around during the first week of free..." July 10

  • NBA Will Add In-Game Challenges, Make Changes To Replay For 2019/20 Season

    Hoops Rumors "NBA Coaches will have the ability to challenge plays during the 2019/20 season, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter links). The rule will be implemented on a one-year, trial basis. The league has also made changes to the use of replay. The NBA Replay Center will now..." July 09