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  • NBA, NBPA agree to $1.1B ‘NBA 2K’ licensing agreement

    Sportress of Blogitude "The NBA and NBPA have agreed to a lucrative licensing agreement extension with Take-Two Interactive Software Inc., creators of the popular “NBA 2K” video game franchise, the league announced this week. The new agreement reportedly spans seven years and is said to be..." January 16

  • Tony Parker sets the record straight on the Kawhi Leonard debacle

    Pounding The Rock "We recently took a look at another Michael C. Wright masterpiece about the chain of events that led to GOAT guard Tony Parker’s departure from the Spurs. I mainly focused on Parker himself, from his quad injury to his decision to seek a rotation spot elsewhere..." January 16

  • Raptors appear to be getting over the hump

    Raptors HQ "On December 12th, the Raptors looked to be peaking. They were looking to bounce back from a couple tight losses that followed a 9-1 stretch, and they got dominating blowout wins over two top West teams, in a road back to back, starting a difficult West coast road trip off in style...." January 14

  • Why Raptors’ Pascal Siakam is worthy of being an NBA all-star this season

    Sportsnet "There’s plenty of buzz in Toronto lately with NBA and NHL all-star festivities fast approaching. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam found a way to get in on the fun, asking fans to vote Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly to the NHL’s all-star game. While..." January 14

  • NBA Concludes McCaw Investigation, Finds No CBA Violations

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA announced today in a press release that it has concluded its investigation into the Cavaliers‘ signing – and subsequent release – of Patrick McCaw. According to the announcement, the league found that there was no violation of the Collective Bargaining..." January 14

  • Deng Adel inks two-way deal with Cavs

    Sporting News "The Cleveland Cavaliers will sign Raptors 905 G League player Deng Adel to a two-way NBA contract, per The Athletic's Shams Charania. From where he was born to what he brings to the table, here's what you need to know about the newest Cavalier. Adel was born on..." January 14

  • Tony Parker: Kawhi Leonard didn’t leave Spurs because of me

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last March, Tony Parker – who, unlike Kawhi Leonard, already returned to play regularly for the Spurs – said his quad injury was 100 times worse than Leonard’s. Michael C. Wright of ESPN: Parker regrets how that played out and finds..." January 14

  • Raptors’ Fred VanVleet, C.J. Miles ruled out vs. Wizards

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet and shooting guard C.J. Miles have been ruled out against the Washington Wizards according to Sportsnet’s Eric Smith. Toronto Raptors point guard Fred VanVleet and shooting guard C.J. Miles have been ruled out against the Washington..." January 13

  • Raptors’ defence overshadows power of three-ball

    Sportsnet "It’s definitely not this reductive. But, fundamentally, the NBA’s three-point revolution comes down to kindergarten mathematics. It is widely understood that three is more than two. Thus, if you’re a basketball team and you want to score a lot of points — often a..." January 12

  • Raptors’ VanVleet questionable, Miles doubtful vs. Wizards Sunday

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have provided an injury update prior to Sunday’s game against the Washington Wizards. New to the injury report is guard Fred VanVleet, who is questionable for Sunday afternoon’s game with a left thigh contusion. The 24-year-old recently moved back to..." January 12

  • NBA Rumors: These teams are willing to give up first-round picks, SN sources say

    Sporting News "The countdown to the NBA’s trade deadline has reached four weeks, and with 25 teams within 3.5 games of a postseason slot, the league swap meet could be as confused as ever. Let’s have a look in this week’s Friday Rumor-rama, or as it is known in Canada,..." January 11

  • Kawhi Leonard's evolving passing game is setting the tone for Raptors

    CBS Sports "Kawhi Leonard saved the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday. The team that had the league's best record needed him to smack the ball away from DeAndre' Bembry and stonewall Trae Young in the game's final 30 seconds in order to beat the..." January 11

  • Report: Gregg Popovich regrets saying Kawhi Leonard wasn’t a leader

    Pro Basketball Talk "Spurs president-coach Gregg Popovich said Kawhi Leonard – who spent his first seven seasons in San Antonio before being traded to the Raptors – wasn’t a leader. Leonard seemingly didn’t appreciate that. Tim Bontemps of..." January 10

  • Jonas Valanciunas Out At Least Four More Weeks

    Hoops Rumors "Jonas Valanciunas‘ left thumb injury continues to heal and his condition keeps improving, but the Raptors center is still several weeks away from returning to the court, the team announced today in a press release. According to the Raptors, Valanciunas is now wearing a..." January 09

  • Patrick McCaw plans to sign with Raptors

    Sportsnet "Patrick McCaw is expected to sign a deal with the Toronto Raptors, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. McCaw plans to sign a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum of $786,000. " January 09

  • Raptors fans gave Vince Carter standing ovation in potential final game in Toronto

    Pro Basketball Talk "Vince Carter turns 42 years old on January 26th. He is the definition of a veteran, a man who has changed his game so much from his younger days in order to stay in the NBA. Carter has played for eight teams during his career, but many remember him primarily as a member of the Toronto..." January 09

  • Do the Raptors need to add another playmaker?

    Raptors HQ "Sporting News’ Sean Deveney recently wrote about the Raptors’ troubles with ball-movement this season. He illustrates rather well the impact Kyle Lowry has on the floor, even with Fred VanVleet filling in admirably for the four-time All-Star...." January 08

  • Raptors’ Serge Ibaka says ‘no one is safe’ if Kawhi Leonard leaves

    Sportsnet "Try to talk to a Toronto Raptors fan for five minutes without the following question being raised: “So… Kawhi… think he’ll stay?” You can’t. Not that you can blame them, of course. By donning the Raptors’ Red, Kawhi..." January 08

  • Raptors to rest Danny Green vs. Hawks, C.J. Miles out

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have decided to give guard Danny Green a night’s rest when the team takes on Vince Carter and the Atlanta Hawks Tuesday evening. Green, 31, has only missed one game so far this season for the Raptors. " January 08

  • NBA Rumors: Raptors’ Masai Ujiri approached Thunder about DeMar DeRozan-Paul George swap last season

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors made a franchise-changing decision to trade star player DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard, one that has catapulted them to the top of the conference, sitting just a half-game away from the first spot in the East. Yet moving DeRozan wasn’t a spur..." January 08

  • Courting Kawhi: Can the Raptors Sell Their Star on a Future in Toronto?

    SI "What do you know?  These days any conversation with NBA personnel about Kawhi Leonard, a crown jewel in a star-studded 2019 free-agent class, invariably begins with that question—which, since no one knows anything, raises countless more. Does he like..." January 08

  • Report: Raptors waive former G-League MVP Lorenzo Brown

    Raptors HQ "The Toronto Raptors waived point guard Lorenzo Brown on Monday, saving themselves about $800,000 (and more in luxury taxes). Brown signed $1.6 million contract this past summer; only $800,000 of it was guaranteed, and the guarantee date for the remaining..." January 07

  • NBA Rumors: With Kyle Lowry out, Raptors search for playmaking help

    Sporting News "It’s that time of year. We’re less than five weeks from the NBA’s trade deadline, which means that in the coming 34 days, we’ll see all manner of names wring their way through the league’s rumor mill. Knowing that, when each week in the NBA comes to..." January 07

  • Leonard out vs. Pacers, Lowry questionable

    TSN "Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard will miss Sunday's game against the Indiana Pacers due to rest after playing 38 minutes in a win over the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night.  On the other hand, point guard Kyle Lowry is questionable with a back injury. Lowry has missed 10 of..." January 06

  • Scottie Pippen: Kawhi Leonard has 'filled voids' since Chicago meeting

    ESPN "Gregg Popovich once sought out Scottie Pippen in hopes of instilling the Hall of Famer's influence into Kawhi Leonard's game. Many months before the fractures that led to Leonard's departure from San Antonio began to surface, Popovich approached Pippen and asked him to..." January 05

  • With Kyle Lowry out, Raptors search for playmaking help

    Sporting News "It’s that time of year. We’re less than five weeks from the NBA’s trade deadline, which means that in the coming 34 days, we’ll see all manner of names wring their way through the league’s rumor mill. Knowing that, when each week in the NBA comes to..." January 05

  • Report: Raptors Interested in Bradley Beal

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Raptors reportedly are interested in Washington Wizardsshooting guard Bradley Beal.  According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Wizards are asking for two players and two draft picks in exchange for Beal. While Beal could..." January 04

  • How Raptors fans should remember DeMar DeRozan

    Raptors HQ "There are a lot of rough things to say about DeMar DeRozan’s departure from the Raptors and how it all went down. For one, he was told he wasn’t going to be traded and then got traded anyway in what seemed like a farcical end to a great era. For two, there’s the..." January 04

  • Kawhi Leonard blames media for Spurs fans booing him

    Larry Brown Sports "Kawhi Leonard made his highly anticipated return to San Antonio as a member of the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night, and Spurs fans made sure to shower him with boos during pregame introductions. If not for the media, Leonard seems to think it wouldn’t have gone that..." January 04

  • Kawhi Leonard's mom gets into argument with Spurs fan

    247 Sports "Kawhi Leonard's mom stuck up for her son on Thursday night.  Leonard was on the receiving end of an ample amount of boos and jeers at the AT&T Center as he made his return to San Antonio for the first time since being traded to Toronto over the offseason, but one..." January 04

  • Gregg Popovich 'Felt Badly' Over Kawhi Leonard Getting Booed By Fans

    Real GM Basketball "Gregg Popovich stated that he felt badly for how Kawhi Leonard was received by the San Antonio crowd following their 125-107 win versus the Toronto Raptors.  "I felt badly about it. Kawhi's a high-character guy. We all make decisions in our lives with what we're..." January 04

  • Lowry questionable for tonight vs. Spurs

    TSN "Toronto Raptors starting point guard Kyle Lowry is questionable for Thursday's clash against the San Antonio Spurs with a back injury, according to TSN's Josh Lewenberg.  Lowry will go through shootaround prior to the game.  " January 03

  • DeMar DeRozan on Raptors president Masai Ujiri: ‘I have no reason to talk to him. At all’

    Sportsnet "They like to drink outside in San Antonio. Of course, it’s more enjoyable to do in May or June, when the sun is hot and the playoffs are rolling and the Spurs are fulfilling their destiny as the greatest sports franchise to ever operate under a salary cap. Through five..." January 03

  • NBA Rumors: Execs Believe Kawhi Leonard Will Sign with Raptors or Clippers

    Bleacher Report "The belief within the NBA is reportedly that Kawhi Leonard will choose between two teams when he becomes a free agent during the offseason. According to ESPN.com's Tim Bontemps, league executives believe Leonard's destination will be either..." January 03

  • Why Toronto believes it can convince Kawhi Leonard to stay

    ESPN "THE FIRST MEETING Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse had with Kawhi Leonard came with trepidation. As Nurse walked down the hall from his office inside the team's practice facility to the coach's meeting room last July, just weeks after being named..." January 03

  • Marc Stein believes Kawhi Leonard will sign with Clippers

    247 Sports "One of the biggest storylines entering the 2018 offseason was what would become of the Kawhi Leonard situation with the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs ended up making a huge splash this past summer when they shipped Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors in..." January 02

  • Gregg Popovich hopes Spurs fans are respectful of Kawhi Leonard

    247 Sports "When the 2018-19 NBA schedule was released, San Antonio Spurs fans had Thursday's game against the Toronto Raptors circled on their calendars. The contest will mark the first time that Kawhi Leonard will face the Spurs in San Antonio since being traded over the summer...." January 02

  • NBA Rumors: Raptors to tear down roster, trade Kyle Lowry if Kawhi Leonard leaves

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors knew what they were getting themselves into when they traded for Kawhi Leonard over the summer. Leonard will be a free agent this coming offseason, and he has not committed to staying with the Raptors long term. In fact, the general consensus is..." January 02

  • Lowry received injections in back, no timetable on return

    The Score "Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry received pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory injections for his lower back soreness Dec. 29, the team announced Tuesday. There's no timetable for his return, but the club said his condition is improving. Lowry has struggled with back and thigh..." January 01

  • Raptors 'a little bit' concerned about Kyle Lowry's injuries, coach Nick Nurse says

    Sporting News "The Raptors are hoping Kyle Lowry will return soon. The 32-year-old guard has missed seven of Toronto’s last eight games and he did not play against the Bulls on Sunday. Raptors coach Nick Nurse was asked before the matchup with Chicago if the team was concerned about..." December 31

  • Raptors’ Lowry ruled out for Friday’s game against the Orlando Magic

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors will be without Kyle Lowry once more when they take on the Orlando Magic on Friday. Lowry has been dealing with a nagging thigh contusion as well as back spasms that have caused him to miss five games over the past couple weeks. His current timetable for..." December 27

  • Serge Ibaka probable to return for Raptors vs. Heat; Kyle Lowry doubtful

    Sportsnet "Serge Ibaka, who has missed the past three games due to knee soreness, is likely to return to the Toronto Raptors lineup against the Miami Heat on Boxing Day, the team confirmed. Kyle Lowry is doubtful with a back injury. Jonas Valanciunas remains out after thumb surgery. " December 26

  • Raptors still very good, still not playing on Christmas

    Pro Basketball Talk "In 2014, the Raptors had the NBA’s second-best record entering Christmas – just a half-game behind the leader – among teams without a Christmas game. In 2015, same thing. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, the Raptors had the very best record entering Christmas among teams without a..." December 24

  • Raptors’ VanVleet looking to ensure fruits of his labour last

    Sportsnet "judged to be too short and not enough this and not enough that. After an outstanding second season with the Toronto Raptors earned him a podium finish for the NBA’s Sixth Man award, VanVleet cashed in as a free agent when a contingent from the team’s front office met him in Chicago..." December 23

  • Kawhi Leonard to start playing back-to-backs after missing 76ers loss

    Sporting News "Kawhi Leonard looks ready to start playing back-to-back matches for the Raptors, according to coach Nick Nurse. As has been the Raptors' policy this season, Leonard was rested for the second game of a double-header as they lost 126-101 at the 76ers on Saturday, after..." December 23

  • Raptors' Nurse 'a little' disappointed team isn't playing on Christmas

    Clutch Points "After the Toronto Raptors’ loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, Nurse expressed his displeasure with the NBA not scheduling Toronto for a Christmas Day game, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun: I asked Nick Nurse if he’s disappointed the Raptors,..." December 23

  • Raptors’ versatility shining through in desperate times

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have been trying some different things lately. Never-before-seen lineups, guys playing out of position, bench pieces turned starters, G-Leaguers in the rotation. That’s what happens when you’ve got a dressing room full of questionables, doubtfuls, and outs. You..." December 22

  • Kawhi out vs. 76ers; Lowry, Green may play

    TSN "Despite his stellar performance Friday night in the Raptors' 126-110 win over the Cavaliers, Kawhi Leonard will once again sit out a back-to-back when Toronto takes on the 76ers tomorrow in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Klye Lowry and Danny Green, who both sat out Friday’s..." December 22

  • L2M report: Raptors fouled Pacers' Bogdanovic on potential game-tying shot

    The Score "As it turns out, the Indiana Pacers had every reason to gripe about the officials holding their whistle during the closing moments of Wednesday's 99-96 loss to the Toronto Raptors. The NBA's last-two-minute report revealed Thursday that Raptors forward OG Anunoby made contact..." December 21

  • Raptors’ Powell ready to prove himself once again in return from injury

    Sportsnet " Norman Powell is the last Raptor left in the gym. It’s a Thursday afternoon, the day after a comeback win over the Indiana Pacers — Powell’s first game in a month and a half — and after a lively practice session, the team has emptied the team’s practice..." December 21