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There were questions about the only three Raptors who actually mattered when the summer league season began and now that they’ve endured the spotty officiating and hectic schedule and escaped without anyone suffering any debilitating injury there are questions that remain.
Summer league is more about getting through it with some teaching moments taken care of more than anything else and general manager Masai Ujiri is back in Toronto from Las Vegas pleased with what he saw while fully acknowledging there remains significant work to do.
Jonas Valanciunas had moments of domination against inferior competition en route to being named the league’s Most Valuable Player Terrence Ross remains enigmatic with more potential than polish and Quincy Acy remains a delightfully hard-working tweener who may or may not have an NBA position.
It’s pretty much what the team’s brass and coaching staff expected when the Las Vegas vacation began two weeks ago.
Valanciunas was unquestionably the most pl...
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Toronto Raptors: Best and Worst Moves of the Off Season
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Best Move: Bringing in General Manager Masai Ujiri
- The Toronto Raptors’ reign under GM Bryan Colangelo thankfully ended this summer and the Raptors somehow were able to land one of the best executives in the NBA, in reigning NBA Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri. He helped...
Toronto Raptors forward Rudy Gay has always had issues with the consistency of his shooting. He’s hoping that this is at least somewhat aided by offseason eye surgery he recently underwent to improve his vision. Gay detailed the operation to Adam Figman of SLAM, admitting that he did have a vision problem.“I did have vision problems,” Gay confesses, sitting up on the trainer’s...
The Toronto Raptors have added assistant coaches Bill Bayno and Jesse Mermuys to Dwane Casey's staff.
Bayno has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the NBA, college and international levels. He spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach in Minnesota and previously spent five years as an assistant in Portland.
Mermuys was a member of Kevin McHale's staff in...
If you play basketball at the collegiate level, you’ve probably dreamed of going to the NBA right? Well times have changed and the NBA isn’t the only league that pays well anymore. Just ask Linas Kleiza. He was amnestied by the Toronto Raptors after the regular 2012-13 season was over, but things are starting to look up for Linas.
Turkish league’s Team Fernerbache has signed...
Linas Kleiza has signed a two-year contract with Fenerbahçe Ulker.
According to a source, Kleiza will become of the highest paid players in Europe.
Kleiza spent last season with the Toronto Raptors, averaging 7.4 points and 2.6 assists over 20 games.
Rudy Gay has reportedly required contact lenses for years, but after refusing to wear them, or goggles, throughout the year, the Raptors forward had surgery to correct his vision following the season. Prior to the surgery, Gay described his vision as “terrible,”, saying that he could “hardly get his license.”
According to Adam Figman, Slam Online:
“I did have vision problems…...
Basketball pro-tip: Being able to see the basket is helpful in shooting the ball well.
Which might've been the problem last season for Rudy Gay, who did not shoot it very well in Memphis and Toronto.
Via SLAM, Gay said he's had offseason eye surgery to help correct his vision, something he called "terrible."
“I did have vision problems,” Gay confesses, sitting...
Toronto Raptors high-flier Quincy Acy rises up for the monstrous put-back slam during the NBA's Las Vegas Summer League. His dunk face after was fierce.
Jonas Valanciunas had a very strong performance over his four Summer League games, averaging 20 points and 9.3 rebounds.
Valanciunas and the Toronto Raptors decided to end his run after suffering a sprained finger.
"It's not about me, it's about team," Valanciunas said. "Our team, playing together, learning how to play together. It was Quincy [Acy], it was...
Dwane Casey plans to change the Toronto Raptors’ offense to get Jonas Valanciunas involved more.
“That’s part of the offense that will change quite a bit because he has developed into the type of player that we can go to on a consistent basis far more than we did last year,” Casey said.
“He’s done a good job this summer not only scoring out of the low post, but of reading...
After their final Las Vegas Summer League game versus the San Antonio Spurs, the Summer League’s MVP the Raptors Jonas Valanciunas took a moment to speak about his former teammate Aron Baynes.
Valanciunas stated he played the same physicality as when they were teammates. He took a moment to praise his low post game.
Baynes pulled down 15 rebounds versus the...