RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Myth American Athletes Pay More Tax In Toronto Could Come True

It wasn’t all that long ago Crowe Soberman (actual tax experts) blew away the myth American athletes pay more tax in Toronto than their counterparts playing in the United States. At least it wasn’t true in the major markets located in New York and California where players paid virtually the same as in Toronto despite the uneducated bleating from some of the talking heads in...
Via Pro Bball Report
2 hours ago

Raptors add McDaniels to training camp mix

Journeyman shooting guard K.J. McDaniels saw time with Rockets and Nets last season. Bruno Caboclo cracks Brazilian roster for FIBA AmeriCup showcase.
Via Toronto Star
4 hours ago

Report: Raptors to sign K.J. McDaniels to partially guaranteed one-year deal

Everyone’s favourite high-flying second round pick is reportedly coming to Toronto. Just in case you thought he was on vacation too, Woj of ESPN (still feels weird to type that) comes to us today with a report from league sources announcing that the Raptors will sign guard K.J. McDaniels to a partially guaranteed one-year deal. McDaniels joins Alfonzo McKinnie, Kennedy Meeks, and...
Via Raptors HQ
4 hours ago

Raptors sign K.J. McDaniels to partially guaranteed one-year deal

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms on a contract with K.J. McDaniels, ASM Sports announced Thursday. Adrian Wojnarowski further provides the detail that it is a one-year deal with a partial guarantee. More to come. Raptors sign K.J. McDaniels to partially guaranteed one-year deal originated on Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog.
Via Raptors Republic
5 hours ago

Canada announces preliminary Americup roster; Caboclo makes Brazilian team

Canada Basketball announced its preliminary roster for the 2017 FIBA Americup tournament on Thursday. As expected, the group of 18 is fairly light on NBA talent. That owes not only to the somewhat lesser importance of this year’s Americup compared to recent years (it’s no longer an automatic qualifier for the World Cup), as well as some up-in-the-air availability statuses for...
Via Raptors Republic
6 hours ago

Planning the Raptors Rotation: The starters, the bench, the best lineups

Using what we know from the Raptors last season: who should start, come off the bench, and play with whom? Yesterday in Part 1 of planning the Raptors’ future, we started tackling the issue of figuring out a sensible rotation for the Raptors this season, based on what combinations of players worked well together last season and their net rating. A quick summary of the conclusions...
Via Raptors HQ
13 hours ago

Planning the Raptors Rotation: A look at the starters and frontcourt

Using what we know from last season, who should start, come off the bench, and play with whom? We often go through this Raptors rotation exercise late in the season as the team approaches the playoffs using data from the current regular season. But with so many apparent questions about Toronto’s rotation this year, I thought it would be worthwhile to compile some arguments now...
Via Raptors HQ
1 day ago

Raptors sign Canadian forward, Pan Am silver medallist Kyle Wiltjer

Wiltjer, a six-foot-10, 240-pound native of Portland, Ore., who holds dual Canadian and American citizenship, was a member of Canada’s silver-medal squad at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.
Via Toronto Star
2 days ago

Masai Ujiri Has Built His Raptors His Way From The Start

By mid-August virtually all of the desirable free agents were long gone and Raptors president Masai Ujiri had committed to 13 players, signed three more to bring to training camp on partially or non-guaranteed deals plus two more on the NBA’s new two-way contract destined for the Raptors 905. This current roster isn’t anything like the 15-man squad Ujiri inherited in June 2013...
Via Pro Bball Report
2 days ago

Raptors contacted Cavaliers about Kyrie Irving

Despite signing All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry to a lucrative three-year contract this summer, the Toronto Raptors are potentially looking to add another star to the mix.General manager Bobby Webster just recently indicated that the team has talked to the Cleveland Cavaliers about trading for Kyrie Irving. There’s no real reason for a team not to reach out to the Cavaliers about...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors To Bring Stretch-Four Kyle Wiltjer To Training Camp

The Toronto Raptors got a really good look at stretch-four Kyle Wiltjer during this past season’s three game NBA D-League Championships and the Houston Rockets rookie impressed if you are looking for a prolific three-point shooter. Since he was still unsigned in August, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Raptors will be bringing him to training camp on a non-guaranteed...
Via Pro Bball Report
2 days ago

Toronto Raptors’ complete schedule released

NBA schedule drops; Raptors will have 14 back-to-backs — three fewer than last season — and play their earliest opener ever, hosting Chicago on Oct. 19.
Via Toronto Star
3 days ago

What makes Kyle Lowry the 23rd best player in the NBA?

Throughout the offseason, we’ll be counting down the Top 50 players in the NBA from 50 to 1. Who will just miss the cut? Which names do you expect to see? Regardless, you’ll be able to find them all right here.Why He’s Great: Kyle Lowry averaged the most points per game of his entire career last season. It was his 11th year in the NBA. Who the hell breaks their career scoring...
Via The Sports Post
6 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Casey: I like when people doubt us

Dwane Casey joined Sportsnet Today to discuss the Raptors having an underdog mentality and offers his thoughts on the Kyrie Irving situation in Cleveland.
Via SportsNetCanada
13 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: NBA Africa Game 2017: Kyle Lowry - August 3, 2017

Kyle Lowry speaks with the media as he gets set to take part in the league’s second game in Africa, that will feature a Team Africa vs. Team World format.
Via YouTube
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Why DeMar DeRozan is the 38th best player in the NBA

Throughout the offseason, we’ll be counting down the Top 50 players in the NBA from 50 to 1. Who will just miss the cut? Which names do you expect to see? Regardless, you’ll be able to find them all right here.Why He’s Great: This is as high as you go on this list with only one skill. DeMar DeRozan scores points. That’s his skill. That’s his one use. And note that he has...
Via The Sports Post
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas shows up to work in this old car

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is coming off a 2016-17 season that saw him earn a whopping $15.5 million. He’s set to earn north of $34 million over the next two years. From this perspective, life is grand for a player that’s currently on the trade block.But we wouldn’t know this by looking at the ride Valanciunas pulled up in while practicing with the Lithuanian...
Via Sportsnaut
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Dwane Casey plans to play DeMar DeRozan more minutes at point guard

All hail the DeMar DePointGuard era in Toronto?In an appearance earlier this week on 590 The FAN’s “The Andrew Walker Show,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey revealed that he plans to give three-time All-Star DeMar DeRozan more time at point guard next season.“We got to have a better mentality of ball movement, man movement and spacing,” said Casey, per Sportsnet’s Bryan...
Via Larry Brown Sports
28 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ujiri: Raptors not team to watch if looking for dramatic change

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri comments on the acquisition of C.J. Miles.
Via SportsNetCanada
July 18, 2017  |  Discuss

Report: Raptors having difficulty finding taker for Valanciunas

Tug as they may, the Toronto Raptors just can’t seem to pull the plug on the Jonas Valanciunas experiment.Sean Deveney of Sporting News reports on Monday that the Raptors are having a hard time finding a trade partner for the Lithuanian center.More from Deveney:Toronto has sought to deal Valanciunas since the February trade deadline. They’d had conversations with Detroit and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 17, 2017  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors creating a three-year window doesn’t close the door on the future

The Toronto Raptors have ventured down a similar path for three straight seasons: regular season success followed by playoff disappointment. After back-to-back postseason losses to the Eastern Conference juggernaut Cleveland Cavaliers, team president Masai Ujiri faced a tough question this offseason: Do the Raptors continue down a good-not-great path or look to the future and start...
Via The Comeback
July 14, 2017  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Summer League: McKinnie's Putback Slam - July 13, 2017

Watch Alfonzo McKinnie get the second chance basket as he soars to the rim for a vicious putback slam.
Via YouTube
July 13, 2017  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan chucked the ball at a ref’s head after a Drew League loss

You would imagine that NBA players who appear in independent summer leagues and pro-ams wouldn’t be too intense about them. After all, these guys are really just passing time until the fall when they can return to getting paid millions of dollars to play in front of tens of thousands of people. But at least one NBA star seems to take the Drew League—the famous pro-am in Los...
Via The Comeback
July 10, 2017  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan fires ball at ref’s head during Drew League Game

Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan is playing in the Drew League this summer in an effort to stay in shape ahead of the 2017-2018 NBA season. But on Sunday night, the 27-year-old appeared more well-suited for a game of dodgeball on ESPN 8-The Ocho than a game of basketball.Upset with several calls that went against him, DeRozan’s frustrations boiled over and he attempted to...
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 10, 2017  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan lands first-ever NBA 2K18 Canadian cover

The great news just keeps coming for Toronto Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan.Days after learning star point guard Kyle Lowry would stick with the team after a brief trip to free agency, DeRozan revealed he’s the cover star of NBA 2K18‘s Canadian edition.Business Wire reported the news view press release, with DeRozan saying the following:“It’s a huge honor to be recognized...
Via The Sports Daily
July 06, 2017  |  Discuss
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