RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Siakam makes appearance at Crown League Week 4

If the semi-finals were any indication, next week’s Crown League championship game should be incredible. Raptors Republic couldn’t make Week 4 (blame family), and we’re regretful for it – both semi-final games came down to the wire, and Pascal Siakam made an appearance! In the first semi, M.A.D.E. topped Ace in overtime, marking the second time in a row M.A.D.E. is headed...
Via Raptors Republic
2 hours ago

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
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors DeMar DeRozan As Facilitator Is Nothing New

It was nice of Raptors head coach Dwane Casey to spend some time on Rogers Sportsnet Fan590 radio recently as nothing exciting is expected to happen on the trade or free agent front in Toronto for a while now. However, suggesting All-Star guard DeMar DeRozan would be asked to act more as a facilitator, a point guard this season really shouldn’t have surprised anyone. “Everyone...
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago

Can the Raptors win 50 games again? Online casinos seem split

Back on the day after the Toronto Raptors playoff run ended, star shooting guard DeMar DeRozan looked ahead to the potentially tumultuous offseason to come and put his faith in the organization, leaning on the recent past for assurance. “When the organization understands winning and wants to win, you don’t have to worry about that,” DeRozan said. “I just try to worry about...
Via Raptors Republic
2 days ago

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
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Stephen Jackson trashes DeMarre Carroll: 'He’s not good enough to have an opinion'

Stephen Jackson is an excellent basketball commentator, and the sports media world is better with him in it. One of the reasons: Captain Jack simply tells it like it is. Whereas some analysts are wary of hurting others’ feelings, Jackson just shares what’s on his mind — unfiltered.Wednesday on ESPN’s The Jump, Jackson trashed new Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll. Since...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors hope to increase three-point percentage by acquiring Miles

Eric Smith and Michael Grange discuss what C.J. Miles adds to the Toronto Raptors and the plan for Jonas Valanciunas.
Via SportsNetCanada
4 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
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Miles impressed with the energy Raptors fans bring every night

C.J. Miles talks about taking on whatever role the Raptors need from him and the energy the team’s fan base brings.
Via SportsNetCanada
4 days ago  |  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
5 days ago  |  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
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Summer League Recap: Toronto vs. Portland - July 13, 2017

Paul Jones, Matt Tierney and Randy Urban have the latest from NBA Summer League as the Raptors fall 91-85 against Portland. Toronto will play a final consolation match against the Cavaliers on Friday.
Via YouTube
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Summer League: Poeltl Denies Hunter - July 13, 2017

Jakob Poeltl protects the paint with a big time block to deny R.J. Hunter.
Via YouTube
9 days ago  |  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
9 days ago  |  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
12 days ago  |  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
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch Serge Ibaka celebrate new Raptors contract with dance moves to Drake song

Serge Ibaka just got paid by the Raptors, signing a $65 million contract for only three years of service with the team. The deal is great for him, as it provides him with flexibility, being that he’ll still only be 30 years old when his contract runs up. But for now, he remains with the Raptors, and he seems super excited about it. Here’s how he reacted, posting this video of...
Via The Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry re-signs with the Raptors

After the Toronto Raptors lost in the playoffs yet again this year, Kyle Lowry made it clear he might be on his way out. However, after some deep thinking about what he wanted to do going forward, the point guard decided to finish what he started in Toronto.Lowry announced his decision to stay with Toronto in a column on The Players’ Tribune.“But for me, at the end of the day...
Via Sportsnaut
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Grading The Deal: Serge Ibaka Stays With Raptors For $65M Over Three Years

The Toronto Raptors were at a genuine inflection point this offseason deciding between shifting towards a broad reset of their roster, or continuing to move forward with the most successful core of franchise history and tinkering around the edges in the dependably wide open Eastern Conference. While there will surely be cap relief moves forthcoming, Masai Ujiri's decision to re-sign...
Via RealGM - NBA
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: ‘Growing sense’ around NBA that Kyle Lowry will re-sign with Raptors

Despite Jimmy Butler actively recruiting him to Minnesota and interest from the San Antonio Spurs, it looks like Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is headed back to Canada. According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports, there’s a growing sense around the NBA that Lowry will re-sign with the Raptors. If that’s the case, at least one of the top players on the market will remain...
Via Sportsnaut
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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