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  • Clippers Emerge As Frontrunner To Sign Kawhi Leonard In 2019

    Real GM Basketball "The Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as the favorites to sign Kawhi Leonard in free agency, according to sources. Leonard will become a free agent in 2019 and is entering his first season with the Toronto Raptors. Sources have long maintained Leonard prefers to join one of..." September 20

  • Jazz 'was in the mix' to acquire Fred VanVleet

    Yardbarker "The Jazz were fairly quiet in free agency over the summer, reaching new deals with their own free agents like Derrick Favors, Dante Exum and Raul Neto, but not bringing in any outside targets. However, according to Blake Murphy of The Athletic, Utah was in the mix for at least..." September 19

  • Raptors’ Ujiri enters season recharged after emotional summer

    Sportsnet "It would give the average person whiplash, maybe a concussion. For Masai Ujiri, it is all in summer’s work. The Toronto Raptors president and general manager has a very public job and a deep private passion — improving life in Africa through basketball and a charitable..." September 18

  • Raptors, Eric Moreland Agree To One-Year Deal

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors and free agent forward Eric Moreland have agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal, reports Michael Scotto of The Athletic. By adding Moreland, the Raptors now have 20 players on their roster, which is the maximum number that..." September 18

  • Lucas Nogueira To Sign With Spanish Team

    Hoops Rumors "Former Raptors center Lucas Nogueira will play in the Spanish League next season, tweets Emiliano Carchia of Sportando. Nogueira is signing a deal today to play for Montakit Fuenlabrada, Carchia adds, and an official announcement is expected..." September 17

  • Clippers, not Lakers, top Kawhi Leonard’s destination list

    Lakers Nation "As the Los Angeles Lakers were preparing to chase two max-level players in free agency, they also were connected to the saga between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs. With their relationship seemingly beyond repair, Leonard sought a trade from the Spurs. It was widely reported..." September 15

  • Leonard 'Will Not Join the Lakers'; Does Not Want to Play in LeBron's Shadow

    The Big Lead "Many Lakers fans are expecting Kawhi Leonard to be joining LeBron James next summer as a free agent, however, another Paul George scenario could be brewing. When discussing Leonard’s future on Get Up this week, Jalen Rose made it very clear that if Leonard does leave Toronto, it will..." September 15

  • Raptors' Masai Ujiri Reveals Pitch to Sign Kawhi Leonard to Contract Extension

    Bleacher Report "Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri said the organization will attempt to sell small forward Kawhi Leonard on both the city and the team's championship aspirations after acquiring him in a July trade with the San Antonio Spurs. Ujiri told ESPN's Adrian..." September 14

  • Report: Spurs preferred Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons in Kawhi Leonard trade

    Pro Basketball Talk "Summer in the NBA was a little odd this year. Things happened quickly with LeBron Jamesheading to the Los Angeles Lakers, and after Kawhi Leonard was traded to the Toronto Raptors, things sort of settled down. Everyone seems to be waiting for the summer of..." September 14

  • Report: Raptors sign undrafted Deng Adel

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors have reportedly signed undrafted rookie forward Deng Adel, according to Shams Charania of the Athletic.  September 13

  • Danny Green: Kawhi Will Have Hard Time Not Staying in Toronto

    Bleacher Report "The San Antonio Spurs traded Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors this offseason as part of the package that sent Kawhi Leonard north of the border, and the swingman believes his longtime teammate will consider staying in Canada following the 2018-19..." September 12

  • With NBA's quiet period about to end, we wonder how Anunoby will fit in with Raptors this season

    Toronto Sun "The NBA doesn’t have much of a quiet period. The closest the league comes to taking a break from being omnipresent in the sporting sphere is usually from the second week of August through the first 2.5 weeks of September or so. That segment of the year, of course, is about to..." September 11

  • Siakam, Raptors’ bench mob poised to build off summer success

    Sportsnet "On a hot Los Angeles day during the dog days of the NBA summer, a large group of players huddle near halfcourt around Rico Hines, who runs daily workouts on the campus of UCLA for a host of future and present stars. Today, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Paul George are among..." September 11

  • Raptors To Sign Kyle Collinsworth

    Hoops Rumors "The Raptors will sign Kyle Collinsworth, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports (Twitter link). The pact will only be partially-guaranteed. The addition of Collinsworth brings Toronto’s training camp roster to 18, as Josh Lewenberg of TSN Sports tweets. " September 11

  • NBA Rumors: Kawhi Leonard lost the locker room as Spurs teammates became ‘fed up’ with timetable to return

    Clutch Points "Kawhi Leonard’s desynchronization with the San Antonio Spurs might have started with the front office, but it surely ended with him losing the locker room, as his teammates started to drift away from him due to the constant incertitude surrounding his mysterious quad..." September 11

  • Kawhi Leonard rift with San Antonio started due to ‘secrecy’ while exploring 2nd opinion on quad injury

    Clutch Points "The breakup between the San Antonio Spurs and their former talisman Kawhi Leonard was one of the most bizarre sagas the NBA has encountered in the last decade. After a year of havoc, Leonard’s nine regular season games was all the Spurs had to show for before trading..." September 11

  • At least 18 NBA players will play for home country in FIBA World Cup qualifiers this month

    Pro Basketball Talk "We’ve focused mostly on the big names not taking part — Giannis Antetokounmpo, Danilo Gallinari, Marco Belinelli, any notable player for Team USA — in the September qualifying window for FIBA’s World Cup next season. If you..." September 10

  • Report: Kawhi Leonard buys a house in Toronto

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors took a risk by trading for Kawhi Leonard this offseason. There’s no guarantee that he stays with the Raptors for the long haul, making this season is almost like a trial period for him in Toronto. The Raptors hope they can follow the same blueprint..." September 09

  • Lakers Prefer Klay over Kawhi in '19 Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "Like many other teams, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking ahead to the star-studded 2019 free-agent class, and they may already have a primary target in mind. Speaking on ESPN LA 710's Mornings with Keyshawn, LZ and Travis, ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne reported Golden..." September 06

  • Brad Stevens calls Raptors ‘the best team in the East’

    Larry Brown Sports "Despite coming within literally a few possessions of winning the East last season, Brad Stevens still doesn’t think that his team quite measures up. Addressing reporters on Tuesday, the Boston Celtics head coach commented on the Toronto Raptors’ addition of Kawhi Leonard..." September 05

  • Kawhi 'doing great' physically

    The Score "The Toronto Raptors don't appear to be worried about Kawhi Leonard's recovery status heading into the upcoming season. Appearing on the Toronto Talk Sports podcast, new assistant coach Phil Handy spoke about the progress he's seen from Leonard during offseason..." September 02

  • With Deng gone, here's how Lakers can sign Butler, Kawhi in 2019

    247 Sports "After two rather unremarkable and essentially non-existent seasons in Los Angeles, veteran forward Luol Deng was officially waived by the Lakers after reportedly reaching a buyout with the team on Saturday. “We want to thank Luol for his time with the Lakers,”..." September 01

  • NBA's No. 1 Options Who Would Be Better Off as Sidekicks

    Bleacher Report "In the perfect-world NBA, all player roles fit like skinny jeans and prove ideal vehicles for their abilities. In the actual Association, roster construction and team dynamics often force players into roles that either mask their full range of skills or ask too much of..." August 29

  • Vince Carter: DeRozan ‘deserves to finish his career’ as a Raptor

    Sportsnet "Vince Carter knows a thing or two about being a Toronto Raptors icon and getting traded. So, he can sympathize with the hurt feelings DeMar DeRozan experienced after getting dealt from the only NBA team he’d ever known in a swap with the San Antonio Spurs that landed Toronto..." August 29

  • The NBA Will Remove Restrictions On What Color Sneakers Players Can Wear Next Season

    Dime Magazine "For quite some time, the NBA has led the way when it comes to player expression and individualism, especially when compared to other major American sports. Players are generally entertaining on social media, fashion before and after games has been a point of popular monitoring, and the..." August 29

  • Valanciunas on DeRozan-Kawhi trade: ‘You can’t blame anybody’

    Sportsnet "There’s been a lot of reaction from just about every corner of the basketball world since July 18 when Masai Ujiri orchestrated the stunning trade of DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. One man who’s remained relatively quiet about the whole thing,..." August 28

  • Report: Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard ‘looks remarkable’ in summer workouts

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard “looks remarkable” during his summer workouts, according to Ashish Mathur of Amico Hoops. Leonard reportedly is 100 percent with zero limitations. The Raptors pulled the trigger on a trade for The Klaw earlier..." August 27

  • Drake suggests he wants to own the Raptors

    Sportsnet "Nearly five years ago to the date, rap superstar Aubrey Drake Graham became the global ambassador for his childhood basketball team, the Toronto Raptors. But time flies, and as Drake’s star has only risen to greater heights in the time since he was given that title with the..." August 25

  • Kawhi Leonard trade wasn't right move for Celtics

    NBC Sports Boston "Reports are starting to surface that Kawhi Leonard may in fact be “open” to re-signing with the Toronto Raptors when he hits free agency next summer and not necessarily be L.A.-bound. With that, some have pondered the idea that maybe if the Boston Celtics tried a..." August 23

  • Hawks, Nets Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "Nearly two-thirds of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for 2018/19. This dead money is created as a result of having, at some point, waived a player who had guaranteed money left on his contract. In some cases, teams are..." August 23

  • Shorter reset of shot clock after offensive rebound among likely NBA rules changes, report says

    CBS Sports "The NBA is expected to pass three different rule changes next month during the Board of Governors meeting, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.  Most notable among the changes, is that after an offensive rebound, the shot clock will only reset to 14, instead of giving the..." August 23

  • Kawhi going to Toronto with an open mind about staying long-term

    The Score "With the possibility of Kawhi Leonard walking away for nothing next summer, the Toronto Raptors still traded for the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and took a calculated risk. But despite rampant rumors that Leonard will decamp for his hometown of Los Angeles if he opts out..." August 23

  • How the Cleveland Cavaliers nearly became the Toronto Towers

    The Score "When the Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA championship in 2016, a city whose identity had been defined by decades of heartbreak and disappointment finally - finally! - had something to celebrate. Yet, even the most un-Cleveland moment in Cleveland sports history comes..." August 22

  • LeBron James, Kevin Durant & Kawhi Leonard All Worked Out Together

    SI "NBA social media was given an August surprise when a photo of LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard working out together went viral Tuesday. Raptors assistant Phil Handy shared the photo that was taken in a UCLA gym. The caption read, "Work is work. It..." August 22

  • Kawhi Still Prefers To Sign With Lakers, Clippers

    Real GM Basketball "Kawhi Leonard's preference for his 2019 free agency is to sign with either the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers. Leonard was traded by the San Antonio Spurs to the Toronto Raptors in July. " August 21

  • Ticket prices for DeMar DeRozan’s return to Toronto are through the roof

    Clutch Points "The date when San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan will make his return to Canada to face the Toronto Raptors has been set and it comes with a hefty price tag. DeRozan and the Spurs will visit the Scotiabank Arena on February 22, 2019. Fans have to..." August 21

  • Report: Raptors sign point guard Kay Felder

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have agreed to a one-year, partially guaranteed deal with point guard Kay Felder, according to USA Today’s Sam Amick. Amick reports Felder will compete for the 15th spot on Toronto’s roster, but playing time figures to be scarce with Kyle..." August 20

  • Report: Raptors Hire Kawhi Leonard's Friend Jeremy Castleberry from Spurs

    Bleacher Report "Kawhi Leonard's presence is apparently already having an impact on coaching decisions made by the Toronto Raptors.   Per ESPN.com's Ian Begley, former San Antonio Spurs assistant Jeremy Castleberry—described as a close friend of..." August 20

  • Some NBA Owners Want Access To Mental Health Records Of Players

    Real GM Basketball "The public announcements from Kevin Love and DeMar DeRozan on their struggles with mental health have prompted action from Adam Silver and Michele Roberts. The National Basketball Players Association to hire Dr. William Parham as its first director of mental health and..." August 20

  • Greg Monroe says he’s working on shot to help Raptors space floor

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last season, Greg Monroe took zero three pointers. Not one in Phoenix, nor Milwaukee, and zero in Boston. He’s not a guy known for his shooting range, last season 90 percent of his shots came within 10 feet of the basket. That’s not what is going to get Monroe..." August 17

  • Bruce Bowen Confirmed The Clippers Told Him He Was Fired For Criticizing Kawhi Leonard

    Dime Magazine "A seemingly absurd story popped up earlier this week, when it was reported that the Los Angeles Clippers fired Bruce Bowen for comments he made about Kawhi Leonard. Bowen, who worked as a television analyst for Fox Sports West’s broadcasts of the team, ripped..." August 17

  • Report: Kawhi 'interested' in signing with Lakers or Clippers

    247 Sports "Despite the fact that he is reportedly "warming" to the idea of playing with the Toronto Raptors for the 2018-19 NBA season, forward Kawhi Leonard is still interested in signing in Los Angeles - either with the Lakers or Clippers - in free agency in 2019, according to a..." August 14

  • NBA Insider Shams Charania Leaves Yahoo Sports for The Athletic

    Bleacher Report "One of the biggest names in the basketball world has found a new home. On Tuesday, NBA reporter Shams Charania announced that he will join The Athletic and Stadium: "I am excited to announce I am joining The Athletic and Stadium as the lead Senior..." August 14

  • NBA may play 2019 preseason game in India

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has been working to make inroads in India — it’s nation far more fixated on Cricket, field hockey, and soccer, but it has a lot of youth playing basketball at schools, and it has the second largest population of any country in the world (nearly 1.4 billion..." August 14

  • Report: Bruce Bowen Won’t Return as Clippers TV Analyst After Kawhi Comments

    SLAM Online "In the wake of critical comments about Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers television analyst Bruce Bowen will not be returning for this upcoming season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: Bowen was under contract with Fox Sports West, but the Clippers..." August 13

  • NBA teams with the most nationally televised games in 2018-19

    247 Sports "The NBA schedule for the upcoming 2018-19 season was officially released in full on Friday, and it features 2,460 total games - a whole lot of basketball.  Between ESPN, ABC, TNT, and NBA TV there will be no shortage of games to see on the screen throughout the '18-19..." August 12

  • Kawhi Leonard Will Return To San Antonio In January And More Highlights From The 2018-19 NBA Schedule

    Dime Magazine "Earlier this week, the NBA revealed the schedules and television information for its three marquee regular season dates: Opening night (with the entire televised opening week schedule included), Christmas Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Fast forward to Friday afternoon and the league..." August 10

  • Best Free Agents Still Available That Teams Need to Pounce On

    Bleacher Report "Believe it or not, NBA free agency isn't over yet. The marquee players have already gone about their business, but some noteworthy names remain on the market. None of them have the leverage necessary to broker huge deals, which is part of their charm. They pack a..." August 09

  • Raptors made serious push for a Christmas Day game

    Clutch Points "Unfortunately, the Toronto Raptors won’t be part of the NBA’s Christmas Day schedule. And reports reveal that the city made a serious push to be part of the holiday festivities. As reported by Josh Lewenberg of TSN, Toronto campaigned hard for a slot on Christmas..." August 09