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  • 10 NBA Players Most Likely to Get Traded Before the Deadline

    Complex "The 2019 NBA trade deadline wasn’t blockbuster-heavy -- and not nearly as dramatic as 2018, when the Cavs blew up their roster in the name of clinging to LeBron -- but it did feature a number of noteworthy names heading to new teams. Markelle Fultz, Nikola Mirotic, Harrison Barnes, and..." January 21

  • Nick Nurse says Toronto Raptors starters will 'be on constant shuffle'

    NBA.com "In Saturday's win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet returned to the lineup following a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury. The Raptors had been brutally bit by the injury bug during the first half of the season, but with..." January 20

  • NBA players pay homage to Martin Luther King Jr.

    Sportsnaut "Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a major holiday around the United States. It reminds us of a man who fought for and died to create the equality so many are still battling for today.  It’s also an absolutely huge day around the NBA world. That’s no different on this..." January 20

  • Sports stars talk race, recruiting, remembering MLK at Earl Lloyd Sports Symposium

    Commercial Appeal "Before they were honored at the Grizzlies-Pelicans game, four former sports stars discussed Martin Luther King's impact on their lives, the work they're doing to help carry on his legacy and their responsibilities to the community Monday at the Earl Lloyd Sports..." January 20

  • This Kyle Lowry ridiculous shot should count for more than 3 points

    The Comeback "Kyle Lowry made a three-pointer on Friday night that will quite likely go down as the most difficult shot made in his basketball career. The Toronto Raptors’ point guard looked like he was about to make a pass on a pick-and-roll against the Washington Wizards, but instead threw..." January 18

  • PBT mid-season awards: Defensive Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and more

    Pro Basketball Talk "The 2019-20 NBA season reached its midpoint by games played last night. So, we’re naming winners for mid-season awards. Yesterday, we picked Most Valuable Player and All-NBA. Now, we’re onto the other major honors. Defensive Player of the Year Kurt..." January 18

  • NBA Owner Sounds off on NBA All-Star Weekend King of Court Proposal

    Heavy "NBA All-Star weekend is one of the most anticipated during the NBA season with dazzling and jaw-dropping events, such as the celebrity game, the rising stars’ game where you get you to see the league’s upcoming talent all in one place. There’s the three-point..." January 17

  • The Bucks Are Clear Favorites to Win Eastern Conference

    SI "The NBA is wide open this season, as you may have heard pundits say a few thousand times. The era of the superteam is over, and there are half a dozen (or more) teams with a legitimate shot at winning a championship. Or are there? Milwaukee beat Boston on Thursday. The Bucks..." January 17

  • Three needs Raptors could address at NBA trade deadline

    Sportsnet "The NBA’s Feb. 6 trade deadline is creeping closer and the discourse around what the Toronto Raptors should do remains as fluid as ever. Just last week there were good arguments for how the Raptors needed to add to a player, but now, with the team nearing a return to..." January 17

  • Justin Anderson To Return to the Raptors 905, Balance in Universe Restored

    Raptors Republic "A heartbreaking loss for the Raptors 905 has proved only temporary, as Justin Anderson has returned to the team after a 10-day stint with the Brooklyn Nets. In 3 games with the Nets, the 26 year-old small forward totalled 3 points and 2 rebounds. While he was expected by most to..." January 17

  • Rodney Dangerfield is the Most Disrespected Man in the NBA History

    The Big Lead "Disrespect is a funny thing. Athletes and those tasked with motivating athletes find it everywhere. Draft position. Public opinion. Betting odds. Predictions from talking heads. If you aren't with a team, you're against them. If you're not propping them up, you're bulletin board..." January 16

  • Pascal Siakam now has the second-most votes among frontcourt players in the Eastern Conference, passes Joel Embiid

    NBA.com "The NBA has revealed the third fan vote returns for the 2020 NBA All-Star Game. Fans account for 50 percent of the final vote for this year's All-Star Game, which will take place at the United Center in Chicago on Feb. 17. The other 50 percent is made up by current players and a..." January 16

  • Raptors Waive Shamorie Ponds, Sign Paul Watson

    Toronto Star "The Raptors signed shooting guard Paul Watson Jr. to a two-way contract Wednesday, hours after waiving point guard Shamorie Ponds. The 25-year-old Watson had started the season with Toronto’s G-League affiliate, Raptors 905, averaging 18.4 points and 7.2 rebounds in 13 games...." January 16

  • Marc Gasol expects to play Wednesday vs. Thunder

    Clutch Points "Raptors big man Marc Gasol has been sidelined due to a hamstring injury, but he’s expecting to be well enough to play in Wednesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto..." January 14

  • Tony Parker Is The Only Player With A Positive Record Against All 30 Teams, Including San Antonio Spurs

    Hoops Hype "Tony Parker announced his retirement last summer following a memorable career that saw him win four NBA titles and make the All-Star Game six times. His final year with the Hornets was not the stuff of legend, but one particular event during that season made his NBA career even more..." January 14

  • Should Nick Nurse start Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka at center?

    Clutch Points "The impending return of grizzled veteran Marc Gasol marks an interesting conundrum for head coach Nick Nurse, who must now decide who will get the nod at center from here on out. While Serge Ibaka is likely to keep his job, for the time being, Nurse must..." January 14

  • Heat’s Jimmy Butler reveals his 5 toughest players to guard

    Clutch Points "Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the league today. Recently, the four-time All-Defensive team member penned an article for The Players’ Tribune, wherein he openly spoke about some of the most challenging..." January 13

  • Chris Boucher Vows to Get Revenge on DeMar DeRozan After Filthy Dunk

    12 Up "San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan spent nearly a decade playing for the Toronto Raptors, the same team that drafted him out of USC in 2009. DeRozan scored at least 20 points per game in his last five seasons with the team but was ultimately shipped off to San Antonio as part of..." January 13

  • Two-Way Contract Situations To Watch This Week

    Hoops Rumors "January 15 is the last day that NBA teams can sign a player to a two-way contract this season. After that date, teams can still waive two-way players or promote them to their 15-man rosters, but they can’t bring aboard new players on two-way contracts as replacements. With that..." January 13

  • Raptors’ Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell to return to lineup vs. Spurs

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors are getting some reinforcements. Shooting guard Norm Powell and star forward Pascal Siakam are expected to make their returns to the lineup and start against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday. " January 12

  • Kyle Lowry on why DeMar DeRozan is still beloved by Toronto Raptors fans

    NBA.com "Even though he's no longer on the team, DeMar DeRozan's impact on the Toronto Raptors is not lost on Kyle Lowry. "He gave everything," Lowry responded when asked why DeRozan still means so much to the city of Toronto. "He was the..." January 12

  • Raptors’ Nick Nurse steadily navigates injuries as key players near return

    Sportsnet "If you are looking for certainty, predictability and things that unfold according to widely agreed-upon standards and practices, don’t become an NBA head coach. Maybe try something like accounting. Of course Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse already tried..." January 11

  • Toronto Raptors' Pascal Siakam hopes to return next week

    ESPN "Toronto Raptors star Pascal Siakam is expected to practice Friday with hopes of returning to the lineup in the next week, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Siakam has not played since Dec. 18, when he suffered a groin injury during an awkward..." January 10

  • Celtics, Suns And Raptors Are Interested In Danilo Gallinari

    Fadeaway World "As one of the players moved in the infamous Paul George deal, Danilo Gallinari has yet to find a long-term home in the NBA. Stints in New York, Denver, Los Angeles, and (now) Oklahoma City, it seems Galo has always been used as a pawn for teams to acquire someone better than him. This..." January 10

  • Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Sportress of Blogitude "The All-Star Celebrity Game during NBA All-Star Weekend is often one of the more entertaining events of the three-day league showcase, simply due to the novelty of watching stars chucking up shots. With ESPN televising the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 14, it is not a..." January 10

  • Instagram model Tammy Hembrow: Entire sports team has invaded my DMs

    New York Post "Model and fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow is Australia’s hottest Instagram star right now — and at least one sport team agrees. The 25-year-old social media starlet has opened up on the number of direct messages she has been receiving recently from athletes around the..." January 10

  • Kyle Lowry delivers textbook 'Hockey Guy' interview

    Yahoo! Sports "Kyle Lowry put up one of the biggest performances of his career on Wednesday night, and it’s about time the point guard’s trolling gets the respect it deserves after years of being overlooked and undervalued. It’s not entirely clear what essence K-Low was trying to..." January 09

  • 3 Players That Can Help Joel Embiid And Ben Simmons Win A Championship This Season

    Fadeaway World "The Philadelphia 76ers looked like the team to beat entering this season. After an eventful offseason, many expected this team to coast through the Eastern Conference, but this doesn’t seem like the case. The Sixers have fallen back to Earth after their 5-0 start and this recent..." January 09

  • ‘Next man up’: ailing Raptors look to bottom of roster to prove worth

    Sportsnet "Here’s a Toronto Raptors lineup you’ve never seen before: point guard Patrick McCaw running the floor with Matt Thomas and Stanley Johnson on his wings, behind Oshae Brissett and Chris Boucher in an all-Canadian frontcourt. Desperate times. About half of..." January 08

  • Eric Stern opens up about his dad David Stern, former NBA commissioner

    USA Today "Eric Stern appreciated all the words said and written about his father, former NBA commissioner David Stern, who died on New Year’s Day. “It’s all very nice,” Stern told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview. But what also had tremendous meaning to..." January 08

  • The Top 5 Best Destinations For Lakers' Kyle Kuzma

    Fadeaway World "With the Trade Deadline approaching, many teams are expected to make changes to their rosters. While many of the teams expected to make some moves are fringe playoff teams, there are a handful of teams at the top of the league record-wise that could look to dabble in the trade market. One team..." January 08

  • Pistons Reportedly Expected To Pursue Fred VanVleet In 2020 Free Agency

    Fadeaway World "The Detroit Pistons have struggled with a void at the point for years now. From Reggie Jackson to Derrick Rose, they have yet to find a long-term solution to their point guard position. With Fred VanVleet and the Raptors soaring above expectations, the Pistons are expected to take a..." January 08

  • Raptors recall Matt Thomas, Stanley Johnson, Malcolm Miller from 905

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have recalled guard Matt Thomas, forward Stanley Johnson, and forward Malcolm Miller from Raptors 905 after a one-game stint, according to the team. For Thomas, who was a part of the Raptors’ regular rotation earlier this season..." January 07

  • NBA reconsidering playoff reseeding proposal

    Sportsnet "The NBA is reportedly reconsidering a proposal that would have reseeded the four conference finalists during the playoffs based on regular season record, re-shaping the league’s playoff structure, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Under the NBA’s..." January 07

  • NBA Execs Rip Load Management

    Bleacher Report "Want a surefire way to get almost any NBA coach to roll their eyes, snort or make some other derisive gesture? Mention load management. That is, as long as they're sure no one is looking. To be caught dismissing the practice would be "career suicide," says..." January 07

  • Raps' Matt Thomas close to NBA return

    TSN "Matt Thomas is practicing with the Toronto Raptors on Monday and is expected to be sent down to the G League for a rehab assignment, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg.       

    January 06

  • Raptors’ Fred VanVleet doubtful to play vs. Trail Blazers with hamstring injury

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet is doubtful to play against the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday with a hamstring injury. VanVleet was not at practice on Monday as he underwent further evaluation of his ailment. The 25-year-old is also..." January 06

  • 3 potential trades for Kevin Love

    The Score "Kevin Love could use a change in scenery. The veteran power forward's stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers appears to be coming to a head after a reported outburst toward general manager Koby Altman on Saturday was followed up by an on-court..." January 06

  • From Danilo Gallinari to Chris Paul, 75 players who could be moved before Feb. 6

    CBS Sports "Just before the 2019 trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies, hoping that he would be the final piece of a championship-worthy puzzle. On their way to their first title in franchise history, they outlasted the Philadelphia..." January 06

  • Three 10-day contract candidates the Raptors should consider

    Sportsnet "Though it may not seem like it, Sunday, Jan. 5 is a pretty important day on the NBA calendar for teams looking to add some extra depth to fill out their rosters. This is because Jan. 5 marks the time when teams can begin signing players to 10-day contracts. Now, normally,..." January 05

  • 6 Blockbuster Trades We Want To See This Season

    Fadeaway World "A couple of weeks ago, we finally had our first trade of the 2019-20 NBA season. Jordan Clarkson was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Dante Exum and 2 second-round picks and this trade looks to be a win-win for both sides. Clarkson wasn’t in the plans for the Cleveland Cavaliers..." January 04

  • Three Trade Destinations For Pistons Center Andre Drummond

    The Big Lead "The Detroit Pistons went all-in when they traded for Blake Griffin in February of 2018. Just under two years later, nothing has gone right. Griffin had a career year in 2018-19, but his body failed him as the playoffs approached and Detroit was swept by Milwaukee in the first round. Three..." January 04

  • Are 2019-20 Raptors strong enough to be trade deadline buyers?

    Sportsnet "Nearing the halfway point of 2019-20, the NBA’s contending hierarchy hasn’t become much clearer than it was at the beginning of the season. Big-ticket teams have looked dangerous but not unstoppable, supposed middle-of-the-pack squads have flirted with legitimacy, and it..." January 03

  • From Charles Barkley to Joel Embiid: The fight to modernize the NBA big man

    ESPN "JOEL EMBIID RELISHES the opportunities to launch 3-pointers. The execution of that shot, the 7-foot Philadelphia 76ers center believes, classifies him as a modern NBA player, a multifaceted big man whose skills and athleticism should not -- and will not -- confine him to a..." January 03

  • How the Heat and Raptors uncover hidden talent

    ESPN "It seemed that with every 3-pointer, steal or block Terence Davis made during his first Vegas Summer League game in July, his agent got a text message from another interested team. At halftime the contract offers began rolling in. Within hours after the game, during which he..." January 03

  • The NBA Wouldn't Be the NBA Without David Stern

    Complex "The 1984 NBA Draft, held in the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden, was a revolution that was barely televised—it was shown on the USA Network in the middle of a weekday afternoon. What are today household names didn’t get beamed into many households. There were future Hall of..." January 02

  • Jimmy Garoppolo’s Ex-Adult Film Star Hookup Kiara Mia Reveals She Has an NBA Player Who Pays Her For Sex

    Black Sports Online "Mia Kiara says she is the reason that Jimmy G and the 49ers are back in the playoffs. Hard to argue her point. Jimmy G has been balling and it started when he took her out on a date before having sex with her.  " January 02

  • LeBron James on David Stern: ‘He definitely should have something named after him’

    USA Today "LeBron James eulogized David Stern for his global vision and shrewd negotiating tactics. But with Stern passing away on Wednesday at age 77, the Lakers star suggested another way to honor the late NBA Commissioner. “He definitely should have something named after..." January 02

  • All NBA teams will wear black jersey stripe for the rest of the season as tribute to David Stern

    The Big Lead "David Stern, longtime former commissioner of the NBA, passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 77. The league released a statement on his passing, and teams and players everywhere have been giving their thoughts on the man who became a figurehead for the game of basketball. " January 02

  • Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead 1st All-Star voting returns

    NBA.com "The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the NBA and their respective conferences in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google.  Doncic leads Antetokounmpo by 599 votes for the top spot among all players...." January 02