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  • Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard won’t play vs. Knicks

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors will be without the services of Kawhi Leonard for Monday night’s home game against the New York Knicks due to “load management,” according to an official press release from the team:

  • VanVleet upgraded to probable vs. Pistons

    TSN "Fred VanVleet could make his return to the lineup when the Toronto Raptors visit the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. VanVleet's status was upgraded by the Raptors from questionable to probable. " March 17

  • VanVleet listed as questionable vs. Pistons

    TSN "Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet could finally be fit enough to return to action when the Raptors take on the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. VanVleet, who missed the team's last 12 games with a left thumb injury, has been listed as questionable ahead of tomorrow's game. " March 16

  • Marc Gasol still trying to find his groove with Raptors, doesn’t want ‘to force the issue’

    Clutch Points "Veteran center Marc Gasol is still trying to find his groove with the Toronto Raptors and doesn’t want to force the issue. Gasol has played in 13 games with the Raptors. The team is 9-4 since acquiring the All-Star from the Memphis Grizzlies. However, Gasol..." March 16

  • LeBron to Kawhi Leonard: 'We'll be in touch'

    247 Sports "LeBron James is already in recruiting mode. His Los Angeles Lakers are set to miss the postseason, but have enough cap space to sign any free agent on the market. They just have to convince a star player to join them. They still have a long way to go in doing that, but James seemed to..." March 15

  • Bench the pressing concern as Nurse prepares Raptors for weightier challenges

    Toronto Star "As Raptors coach Nick Nurse tries to decide which of his bench players he trusts the most, which of them can be counted on when the intensity of the NBA playoffs arrives, he is looking for the guys who are not going to screw up that often. Nurse knows that a perfect game is impossible..." March 15

  • Raptors’ Kyle Lowry out, Danny Green in vs. Lakers

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is out for Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a left ankle sprain. Danny Green, who is also dealing with an ankle sprain, will play. Fred VanVleet remains out with a left thumb injury.   " March 14

  • Kawhi Leonard's free agency gives Raptors new, intense fear ahead of playoffs

    Sporting News "Spring is coming, and for the Raptors, that means an annual bout of terror and apprehension. Because for the last five years, spring in Toronto has meant the local basketball club is in its usual push toward 50 wins or more, soon to be followed by some form or other of postseason..." March 14

  • Toronto Raptors’ practice facility named after Drake’s OVO

    Larry Brown Sports "The association between Drake and the Toronto Raptors continues to grow. Drake, a Toronto native, has been a global ambassador for the Raptors since 2013. He is often seen at the team’s games (sometimes getting into it with opponents) and has helped with the team’s image..." March 14

  • Prospect Report: Malcolm Miller is back and ready to help the Raptors

    Raptors HQ "Though not a big name, there was some question as to what happened to the Raptors’ one-time wing. I thought this signing would have happened this summer. Heck, I thought Miller deserved his two-way contract be converted last season. While Lorenzo Brown played extremely well in the G..." March 13

  • Raptors sign Eric Moreland to 10-day contract

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have signed big man Eric Moreland to a 10-day contract, according to Michael Scotto of The Athletic. Moreland went undrafted in 2014 but has since been in uniform for the Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons and Phoenix Suns, last playing in the NBA on Dec. 10, 2018..." March 13

  • Kawhi Leonard Praised the Raptors For How They’ve Handled His Workload

    Dime Magazine "Kawhi Leonard played only nine games for the San Antonio Spurs due to a quad injury last year, but he is back in the conversation of the best players in the NBA this season. He was an All-Star starter last month and is in contention for an all-NBA honor at forward. Time has helped..." March 13

  • Knicks, Hawks, Suns Carrying Most 2018/19 Dead Money

    Hoops Rumors "All but two 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 (or having 10-day contracts..." March 12

  • Report: Cavaliers suggest Serge Ibaka snapped because they keep beating Raptors

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "In the aftermath of Monday night’s game, players were still trying to process what happened between Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss -- a brief moment late in the third quarter that exploded quickly, led to punches being thrown and a pair of ejections. On the record, nobody was..." March 12

  • Raptors’ Serge Ibaka could face 3-5 game suspension for choking, punching Marquese Chriss

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors big man Serge Ibaka could be facing a suspension for three-to-five games without pay for his involvement in an altercation with Cleveland Cavaliersforward Marquese Chriss at the end of the third quarter of Monday night’s 126-101..." March 12

  • Raptors' Ibaka and Cavs' Chriss ejected after brawl

    247 Sports "For a game between the second-best and the second-worst in the NBA, this sure got interesting. Not only did the Cleveland Cavaliers come out to play versus the Toronto Raptors -- they led 91-77 at the end of three quarters -- two of their key big man got into it..." March 11

  • Roster Moves Required Soon For Raptors, Heat, Rockets

    Hoops Rumors "When the Thunder signed Deonte Burton on Sunday, the move ensured that the team got back to the NBA-mandated roster minimum of 14 players (not including two-way contracts). Teams are permitted to dip below 14 for up to two weeks at a time, and Oklahoma City had been at 13 since February 24, so..." March 11

  • CP3, Lowry are healthy and lurking - and might just swing the NBA playoffs

    The Score "About four hours before Chris Paul appeared out of nowhere for a game-saving block in Dallas that extended the Houston Rockets' league-leading winning streak to eight, Kyle Lowry was putting the finishing touches on a 24-point, 10-assist, seven-rebound performance in a resounding Toronto..." March 11

  • Lakers Rumors: Kawhi Leonard Doesn’t Want To Play With LeBron James

    Fadeaway World "This rumor-filled offseason may bring excitement to the much-disappointed Laker fanbase, but it won’t be in the form of Kawhi Leonard. The former NBA Champion reportedly does not want to play in the Lakers alongside Lebron James. A number of sources reported Leonard’s..." March 11

  • Raptors clinch sixth straight playoff berth

    TSN "The Toronto Raptors have clinched a playoff berth for the sixth straight season. Toronto secured a spot in this season's playoffs after the Charlotte Hornets were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night. Prior to their current six-year run, the Raptors had made..." March 10

  • Kawhi Leonard will miss Sunday's game due to load management

    Sporting News "Load management has claimed another victim. Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard will miss Toronto's matchup with the Heat on Sunday as the team plans to manage his workload toward the end of the season, according to Yahoo Sports. Leonard joins LeBron James who missed a game..." March 09

  • Report: NBA ticket sales down slightly this season

    Larry Brown Sports "The landscape of the NBA changed quite dramatically last offseason when LeBron James decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers. While it may be a coincidence, that has not resulted in an increased level of interest in the league. In a recent conversation with Bill Simmons of The..." March 08

  • Danny Green far more to Raptors than Kawhi Leonard whisperer

    Pro Basketball Talk "As Kawhi Leonard‘s relationship with the Spurs deteriorated last season, Danny Green tried to diffuse tension at every turn. Green said it wasn’t easy trying to play peacemaker while focusing on his own game. But he cared greatly about San Antonio, where he..." March 07

  • Nurse: Fred VanVleet could return in two weeks

    TSN "Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse said Thursday Fred VanVleet's return from a thumb injury could come earlier than originally expected.  VanVleet reportedly underwent surgery on his left thumb in mid-February and was expected to miss five weeks. Nurse..." March 07

  • Vince Carter debuts Raptors-inspired Nike Shox BB4 sneaker

    The Score "Vince Carter broke out a special Toronto Raptors-inspired version of the Nike Shox BB4 for the Atlanta Hawks' game against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday. Carter has sported the BB4s throughout the 2018-19 season as a tribute to his "Dunk of Death" over 7-foot-2..." March 07

  • Adam Silver Admitted Shorter Contracts Have Given Star Players Too Much Power

    Dime Magazine "Adam Silver sat down with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons for a wide-ranging chat about the state of the NBA at the annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, and was surprisingly candid about the biggest challenges his league faces in 2019. Right off the bat, Silver made a somewhat..." March 07

  • Raptors have to show they have more in reserve

    Toronto Star "It was way back in 2018 when the wise old sage Fred VanVleet sounded something of an alarm for the Raptors. It was time, he said the day before the calendar would change, that the team needed to start building its “championship habits” and “do a much better job of..." March 07

  • The Knicks And Clippers Are Both In The Race For Kevin Durant And Kawhi Leonard

    Fadeaway World "New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers are competing to sign Kevin Durant to their team. The Knicks have been one of the biggest favorites to land the Durant, and the Clippers are hot on their tail for the 2-time Finals MVP. The Clippers opened up cap space by trading..." March 05

  • Adam Silver Says ‘A Lot’ Of NBA Players Are ‘Generally Unhappy’

    NESN "Speaking at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Friday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver gave a sobering answer about the mental health of players in the league. As part of an hour-long panel with The Ringer’s Bill Simmons, Silver said that a lot of the players he interacts..." March 05

  • Kawhi Leonard’s lighter load an admission of contempt for Raptors fans

    Toronto Star "If they weren’t charging admission, or were offering discounts, then there would be no problem. Sit a healthy Kawhi Leonard as often as you want. Keep him encased in bubble wrap until the playoffs if that’s the only way to have him ready to go. But last time we..." March 05

  • Pistons' Casey relishing possibility of meeting Raptors in playoffs

    The Score "The inherent poetry of a potential first-round matchup between the Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors is not lost on Pistons head coach Dwane Casey. "It would mean a lot," Casey told The Athletic's Joe Vardon on Friday. "This is a storied franchise in Detroit...." March 04

  • Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard won’t play Sunday vs. Pistons

    Sportsnet "Kawhi Leonard will not be available for the Toronto Raptors when they take on the Detroit Pistons tonight due to load management, the team announced Sunday afternoon. Toronto has stuck with their season-long plan to give their star off-season acquisition as much rest as possible, in..." March 03

  • Raptors reportedly may sign Marcin Gortat

    Larry Brown Sports "After swinging midseason moves for Marc Gasol and Jeremy Lin, the 46-17 Toronto Raptors may not be done upgrading just yet. TSN Sports’ Josh Lewenberg reported Saturday that the Raptors share mutual interest with free agent big Marcin Gortat for their vacant 14th roster..." March 03

  • Enes Kanter Won't Travel With Trail Blazers to Toronto, Fears Arrest if He Leaves U.S.

    SI "Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter will not travel with the team to Toronto for Friday night's game against the Raptors. Kanter, a native of Turkey, spoke with Trail Blazers beat reporter Casey Holdahl on Wednesday night to address his fears he'll be arrested if he leaves the..." February 28

  • NBA Hasn't Received Demand To Increase Jersey Sponsorship Patch Size

    Sports Business Daily "The NBA’s jersey patch program is more than halfway through its three-season test and the results are clear: It’s a slam dunk. As the league continues to search for new revenue, the patch program has delivered, generating more than $150 million. And 20 of the 29 team patch..." February 27

  • The Raptors are the NBA’s mystery contender

    SB Nation "The Toronto Raptors have the second-best record in the NBA and are one of only three teams with a top-10 offense and defense. The Raps are tough to beat at home, strong on the road, and have been remarkably consistent outside of a few isolated hiccups in November and..." February 26

  • After long road back, Jodie Meeks gets some redemption with Raptors

    Sportsnet "Sunday, as he sat at the end of the Toronto Raptors bench during a lazy afternoon game at Scotiabank Arena, 31-year-old guard Jodie Meeks heard something he’d been waiting on for 320 long days. Something he’s heard more times than he can count over a decade spent in the NBA. But..." February 25

  • NBA jersey patch program has generated $150 million

    Mass Live "Some fans weren’t particularly thrilled when the Boston Celtics, along with the rest of the NBA, decided to add an advertiser patch to their jerseys. The traditional jerseys, it was said, were sullied by a cash grab, and tradition had been sold out for a few bucks. Well, it..." February 25

  • Can contenders still find contributors for playoff runs?

    Sporting News "The time for trades has ended, but contenders searching for slight upgrades still have the ability to scour the buyout market. As long as they are waived by March 1, buyout candidates are eligible to compete in the postseason. These kinds of players typically only fill small..." February 25

  • Masai Ujiri On Basketball Africa League: Joel Embiid-Level Athletes Are 'Walking All Over'

    Real GM Basketball "Masai Ujiri says there are "freak type" athletes like Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo (who is of Nigerian descent) all over Africa.  "You mean to tell me with the development of basketball on the continent, and what's to come, you're telling me..." February 25

  • Raptors to be without Kawhi Leonard against Magic

    Sportsnet "Kawhi Leonard will sit out his 17th game of the 2018-19 season, against the Orlando Magic, the Toronto Raptors confirmed. The Raptors forward has worked with the team to prioritize his health this season after missing all but nine games last year and will sit out due to load..." February 24

  • Marc Gasol needs to share what he saw on a rescue boat last summer

    Sportsnet "Nearly eight months later, the question still can’t escape Marc Gasol’s mind — and it likely never will: What if the boat hadn’t arrived when it did? It was mid-July this past summer, one of the 10 days Gasol spent volunteering onboard the Open Arms,..." February 24

  • DeMar DeRozan gets two ovations but falls to former team in return to Toronto

    ESPN "DeMar DeRozan fantasized about the moment 24 hours before while in a roomful of reporters at the Four Seasons hotel, only to live it Friday at a packed Scotiabank Arena that welcomed back the former Toronto Raptor with the standing ovation he envisioned. Just as fast, the fantasy..." February 23

  • NBA Denies ESPN's Report That Tim Donaghy Fixed Games

    Bleacher Report "The NBA is denying a report from ESPN that Tim Donaghy fixed games while working as a referee for the league. NBA.com published the league's official statement, which read in part: "The Tim Donaghy matter concluded over a decade ago with a..." February 22

  • Jeremy Lin says ‘at times it kind of sucks’ being the only Asian-American player in the NBA

    Clutch Points "Toronto Raptors point guard Jeremy Lin is the only Asian-American player in the NBA and the veteran guard admits it’s tough sometimes. Lin says he’s hoping more Asians come into the league soon so he can have his fellow brothers in the NBA with..." February 22

  • DeMar DeRozan says that trade was a learning experience

    247 Sports "The NBA landscape was severely changed during the offseason when DeMar DeRozan was traded to the San Antonio Spurs in the deal that sent Kawhi Leonard to the Toronto Raptors. DeRozan was blindsided by the trade after the Raptors front office had promised that he..." February 22

  • Raptors’ Nick Nurse still undecided between Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol for starting center vs. Spurs

    Clutch Points "Marc Gasol has come off the bench in his first three games with the Toronto Raptors while the more tenured Serge Ibaka continues to start at center. According to Josh Lewenberg of TSN, Raptors head coach Nick Nurse is still undecided on which of the two..." February 21

  • Examining the NBA's easiest and most difficult remaining schedules

    USA Today "Finally, we've arrived. The stretch run of the 2018-19 NBA season is here, and with it come the games that will define the campaign and change the landscape of the upcoming postseason. The final 20-plus games of the year are going to be thrilling to watch unfold, as..." February 20

  • Report: Raptors sign guard Jodie Meeks to 10-day contract

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Raptors have signed free agent guard Jodie Meeks to a 10-day contract, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Free agent guard Jodie Meeks is signing a 10-day contract with..." February 20

  • NBA Estimates 37-40 Percent Of Players Will Be Free Agents In 2019 Offseason

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA is anticipating between 37 percent and 40 percent of current players will be free agents this offseason, according to sources close to Adam Silver. Silver talked about how shorter contract lengths have changed the equation on player movement. "People have lost..." February 19