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  • Raptors’ Nick Nurse told OG Anunoby several times tough 2018-19 season was out of his control

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has told guard OG Anunoby several times that his tough 2018-19 season was out of his control. Anunoby played in 67 games during the regular season, but missed the entire 2019 playoffs as a result of undergoing an emergency..." September 20

  • Top 5 Young Stars Who Need To Change Teams

    Fadeaway World "For young players to blossom and play well, they have to be put into the right situation. Players such as Trae Young, De’Aaron Fox, and Karl-Anthony Towns have been given the keys to their respective teams and we have seen them take off and essentially turn into All-Stars. But..." September 20

  • NBA execs divided on whether Raptors forward Pascal Siakam deserves max extension

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors will enter a key stretch of their franchise core-building, as young Pascal Siakam, the NBA’s Most Improved Player last season, is due for an extension of his rookie contract. NBA executives are divided on whether the 25-year-old is deserving of a max..." September 20

  • NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Power Forwards

    Bleacher Report "Who's the greatest power forward of all time? Now that we've discussed the top 10 point guards, shooting guards and small forwards in NBA history, it's time to look at the chameleon of basketball positions: power forwards. For..." September 20

  • Brittni Donaldson reacts to becoming 10th female assistant coach in NBA

    Clutch Points "Brittni Donaldson is now the NBA’s 10th female assistant coach after joining Nick Nurse and his Raptors staff for the upcoming season. The 26-year-old is already familiar with the team, serving as a data analyst for the last two seasons. Now, with a new promotion under her belt,..." September 18

  • NBA Execs Anticipate Active In-Season Trade Market

    Heavy "fter an extraordinary summer of 2019, which saw a cavalcade of stars—including Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kemba Walker, Al Horford and Jimmy Butler—change teams, executives around the league expect..." September 18

  • Raptors, G Isaiah Taylor agree to deal

    TSN "Free agent guard Isaiah Taylor has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.   Free agent G Isaiah Taylor has agreed to a partially..." September 18

  • NBA All-Time Player Rankings: Top 10 Small Forwards

    Bleacher Report "Who's the greatest small forward of all time? That's the question at hand with the top 10s for both point guards and shooting guards in the rearview. As was the case with the 2s, there isn't a ton of suspense surrounding the top spot here...." September 18

  • Ranking NBA's Best Backcourts for 2019-20 Season

    Bleacher Report "Most of the NBA's best backcourt combinations are going to look quite different in 2019-20. With Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, Chris Paul, D'Angelo Russell and Mike Conley all switching teams this offseason, many of the league's best..." September 16

  • Several Reported Free Agent Deals Not Yet Official

    Hoops Rumors "When a free agent agrees to join an NBA team, his tentative deal with the club is generally reported before he officially signs his contract. Often, word of an agreement between a player and team breaks minutes or hours – or perhaps a day or two – before the deal is formally..." September 15

  • FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019: Marc Gasol on the verge historic back-to-back championships

    NBA.com "When Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri traded for Marc Gasol last winter at the trade deadline, he did it with one goal in mind: winning the NBA title. Although the Raptors were already all-in following the acquisition of Kawhi Leonard, sending out a trio..." September 14

  • Timberwolves, Raptors, Could Swap Kyle Lowry For Andrew Wiggins

    Fadeaway World "The Minnesota Timberwolves have been stuck in limbo since drafting Karl-Anthony Towns. Despite having an above-average roster on paper, the team has been unable to capitalize on their collection of talent. For the Raptors, as they come off an NBA Championship, they will have to find..." September 13

  • Jerry Colangelo won't forget U.S. World Cup pullouts

    Clutch Points "Jerry Colangelo, managing director for USA basketball, was not in a jovial mood after Team USA’s second consecutive loss in the FIBA World Cup. The Americans lost again on Thursday, as they fell to Serbia, 94-89. Following another disappointing loss, Colangelo made it clear that..." September 12

  • China loves the NBA, but when will the next Yao Ming arrive?

    ESPN "David Stern looked like a lost American tourist standing outside of the Chinese Central Television offices in Beijing for hours in 1989. Three years before "The Dream Team" made the world fall in love with basketball, the then-NBA commissioner actually helped light the spark that led..." September 12

  • 10 NBA Stars That Could Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "The NBA is a league of movement, and this has been the case in most recent years. Some of the league’s stars have moved around a lot last season, and this trend will likely continue in 2020. Teams have different needs when they decide to trade their star players and these..." September 10

  • NBA Teams That Never Won It All but Won't Be Forgotten

    Bleacher Report "Some of the greatest teams in NBA history never won a title for a variety of reasons, including because of injuries. As you'll see, we're not even including the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors, who have case for inclusion. There's also this Michael Jordan guy who killed some..." September 10

  • Raptors To Work Out Isaiah Taylor

    Hoops Hype "Free agent guard Isaiah Taylor is working out for the Raptors in Toronto this week, source tells @HoopsRumors. " September 10

  • Chris Bosh reveals why he ‘couldn’t imagine’ winning a title in Toronto

    Clutch Points "Chris Bosh’s departure from the Toronto Raptors didn’t exactly endear him to basketball fans north of the border. Nearly a decade after he spurned the Raptors to join Dwyane Wade and LeBron James with the Miami Heat, though, the 11-time All-Star’s relationship with his former..." September 09

  • Nick Nurse intends to ramp up recruitment of NBA players for Team Canada

    Sportsnet "Nick Nurse believes he can play a bigger role in building Canada’s basketball team. Nurse was still soaking up the heady experience of the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship run when he was named head coach of the Canadian team in June, and tasked with securing an..." September 07

  • 12 NBA Salary Guarantees To Watch In October

    Hoops Rumors "The majority of the NBA players who are currently on non-guaranteed contracts won’t have their salaries for 2019/20 become fully guaranteed until January 10. That’s the league-wide salary guarantee date and the default deadline that applies to players who haven’t..." September 06

  • How Many Current NBA Players Are Really Future Hall of Famers?

    Bleacher Report "The NBA is flush with talent—perhaps more so than it has ever been before. This past season alone, there were over a dozen players who performed at what we would have considered MVP-level in the past. You're likely to run out of fingers and toes if..." September 06

  • Report: Major agencies planning to boycott NCAA’s new agent testing

    Clutch Points "Less than a month ago, the NCAA tried to impose their will on player agents, instituting a new mandate that would require agents to have a bachelor’s degree. Although the NCAA later rescinded the change after massive backlash, the community of agency firms and individual agents are..." September 06

  • Eight NBA players who could have breakout seasons with their new teams following a busy free agency period

    CBS Sports "Victor Oladipo is the poster boy for a change of scenery leading to suddenly-fulfilled potential. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft was solid, but not elite in his first four seasons with the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder. But a trade to Indiana..." September 04

  • NBA weighing investment vehicle to buy minority shares of individual teams

    Clutch Points "At the end of the day, the NBA is still a business. The whole world was reminded of this very fact of late, with news emerging pertaining to the league’s reported interest in investing on a small stake in individual teams. In an article by Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg, this..." September 03

  • Trade Packages to Break Up NBA's Worst Star Pairings

    Bleacher Report "Collecting star players is usually the key to success in the NBA.  But while pure talent typically wins out, some star pairings are destined to fail due to skill overlap, chemistry issues or roster fit. While superstars such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Kawhi..." September 03

  • Team USA might really be in trouble at FIBA World Cup

    SB Nation "When Turkey’s Dogus Balbay took an unsportsmanlike foul from Joe Harris in the final nine seconds of overtime of Team USA’s second FIBA World Cup group stage, it looked like it was over. Turkey led the U.S., 92-91, and Balbaby was awarded two free throws and possession of..." September 03

  • Hawks, Warriors, Grizzlies Have Made Most Offseason Trades

    Hoops Rumors "A total of 43 trades have been completed by NBA teams since the 2018/19 season ended, including three deals involving three teams and one that included four teams. No club has been more active on the trade market during that time than the Hawks, who completed eight deals. However,..." September 03

  • Redick, Iguodala and Under-the-Radar NBA Veterans Who Aren't Done Yet

    Bleacher Report "We all know veterans such as LeBron James and Steph Curry are going to put up huge numbers in 2019-20, barring injury. But what about some of the equally seasoned but less heralded players? You know, the guys teams may not have built their offseasons around acquiring but who could be..." September 03

  • Nick Nurse loves Jonas Valanciunas, but will 'try to kick his ass' in Canada-Lithuania game

    The Score "Canada's World Cup game Tuesday against Lithuania represents a reunion of sorts for the team's head coach, Nick Nurse. The Toronto Raptors bench boss is set to square off against his former NBA charge, Lithuanian national team star Jonas Valanciunas. Nurse wasted little time..." September 02

  • Raptors Could Target Mo Bamba

    Fadeaway World "With the departure of Kahwi Leonard, the Toronto Raptors lost what made them so great. Though they will be returning as the defending champs, the Raptors will not resemble anything close to the dominant team they were just a season ago. In light of their losses, the team may be..." September 01

  • Jonas Valanciunas still hopeful he’ll get championship ring from Raptors

    Clutch Points "Even though he wasn’t officially part of the Toronto Raptors roster that won the NBA championship last season, former center Jonas Valanciunas remains hopeful that he’ll still get a ring. Per TSN, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry asked Valanciunas via text what his ring size..." August 31

  • Raptors bringing back Dino uniforms for 25th anniversary

    Pro Basketball Talk "Major League Baseball doesn’t really get the alternate uniform concept. The NBA does. This year they’ve turned to some classic throwbacks, for example, the Jazz are bringing back the mountain uniform for some games. The Trail Blazers are going with the throwback 1997..." August 31

  • Power Ranking USA Men's Basketball Roster Ahead of 2019 FIBA World Cup

    Bleacher Report "Australia ended a 78-game winning streak for the USA Basketball men's senior team in the lead-up to the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup that starts Saturday in China. The hosts won 98-94 in front of 52,079 fans in Melbourne. After all the high-profile..." August 30

  • Highest-Paid NBA Players By Team

    Hoops Rumors "Earlier today, we listed the top 50 highest-paid NBA players for the 2019/20 season. While that list presented a clear picture of the highest earners for the upcoming season, not every NBA team was represented. Neither the Grizzlies nor the Knicks had a..." August 30

  • Decisions On 2020/21 Rookie Scale Team Options

    Hoops Rumors "Under the NBA’s current Collective Bargaining Agreement, the deadline for teams to sign fourth-year players to rookie scale extensions was moved up from October 31 to the last day before the regular season begins, but Halloween remains an important date on the NBA’s..." August 30

  • Who could be the NBA’s Andrew Luck?

    SB Nation "Andrew Luck’s decision to retire from the NFL at age 29 with tens of millions of dollars on the table continues to draw a mix of astonishment and understanding around the American sports landscape. The NBA does not have a serious record of early choice retirements probably because..." August 30

  • Will Jeremy Lin ever play in the NBA again?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Jeremy Lin is heading to China to play basketball with the Beijing Ducks after all of his NBA options dried up. Some feel that Lin still has plenty of talent to play in the league and showcasing his skills overseas is just a stepping stone for him to be back in the league. Others think..." August 29

  • NBA Stars Ready for Career Years

    Bleacher Report "A career year is the most brilliant type of NBA breakout. The stars align, the basketball gods grant their blessing, and players put forth a campaign greater than any they'll ever produce. At times, these meteoric rises can seemingly come with no rhyme or..." August 29

  • Ranking the NBA's 15 worst contracts

    The Score "The NBA has mostly gotten better at fiscal restraint. Contracts are kept relatively short by design, meaning ascending talents can reach their next payday quicker - and bad money comes off the books a lot faster. Still, today's front offices aren't above handing out truly..." August 28

  • Marc Gasol ‘surprised how many people are genuinely happy about’ him winning a title with Raptors

    Clutch Points "Marc Gasol won his first NBA championship this past season with the Toronto Raptors, and it seems like everyone is happy for the Spanish big man. Gasol, who picked up his player option with the Raptors this summer, admits he was surprised how many people were happy for him after..." August 27

  • Vince Carter says he tried to recruit Shaquille O'Neal to Raptors, 'felt like it was close'

    The Score "Atlanta Hawks veteran Vince Carter says that while superstars didn't recruit each other as often in his earlier NBA days, it did happen. Specifically, he asserts that he once tried to bring Shaquille O'Neal to the Toronto Raptors. "The only time I can recall is I tried to..." August 27

  • Who's the Greatest In-Game Dunker of All Time?

    Bleacher Report "Forget about the three-point revolution, the post-up plays of old or even the all-eyes-on-them isolation game. Dunking remains king of the NBA. It's right there in the name: d-u-n-k-i-n-g. Nothing better captures the jaw-dropping, physics-defying athleticism of the..." August 27

  • NBA Players Who Are Headed Overseas For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "With a new group of incoming rookies arriving in the NBA this season and several players from international leagues also coming stateside, there simply aren’t enough roster spots around the league to accommodate all the players who spent time with NBA clubs last season. As such,..." August 27

  • Ranking The 10 Best Defensive Players In The NBA

    Fadeaway World "While the NBA has moved towards the direction of high-octane offenses and freedom of movement, defensive players still have tremendous value. After all, defense wins championships. If you look at every NBA Champion in history, they have all played defense at a high level. These 10..." August 27

  • 6 Players Who Are Unbelievably Still on NBA Payrolls

    Bleacher Report "In the post-amnesty NBA, there are no more contract mulligans. However, the stretch provision can help get bad—or unwanted—money off the books. If a team waives a player and triggers this mechanism by Aug. 31, his remaining salary is stretched over twice the number of..." August 27

  • NBA free agent Jeremy Lin signs for Beijing Ducks in Chinese Basketball Association

    South China Morning Post "Former NBA champion Jeremy Lin has signed for the Beijing Shougang Ducks ahead of upcoming Chinese Basketball Association season, ending a summer of speculation over the free agent’s next move. The deal had been reported in local media earlier Tuesday, with suggestions that..." August 27

  • Four risky NBA moves, including Warriors trading for D'Angelo Russell, Rockets gambling big on Westbrook

    CBS Sports "NBA front offices have gotten so smart. Every year it feels like we see fewer and fewer questionable decisions. Free-agent signings. Contract extensions. Trades. Draft picks. Information is everywhere, everyone is so careful, and yet, at the end of the day, everything is still a gamble. Here..." August 26

  • Marc Gasol does not feel sorry for Team USA

    Larry Brown Sports "Amid a mass exodus of superstars and other high-caliber players this summer, Team USA just lost their first game on the international stage in 13 years. They are getting no sympathy from Marc Gasol however. In an ESPN interview this week, the Spanish center spoke on the relatively..." August 26

  • Bucks, Knicks Carrying Most 2019/20 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "Over three-quarters of the NBA’s 30 teams are carrying some sort of “dead money” on their salary cap for the 2019/20 season. 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,..." August 26

  • Every NBA Team's Most Glaring Weakness Right Now

    Bleacher Report "With much of the NBA turned over this summer, the league and its eventual 2020 champion feel as up in the air as they have in years; perhaps decades. In the absence of one or two superteams, we'll now be treated to around a half-dozen or more title contenders led mostly..." August 26