RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Some facts and figures on the Raptors schedule

When the 2017-18 schedule for the Toronto Raptors came out yesterday, the first thing that stood out was a remarkably difficult start: A home game against the team’s Achilles heel in the Chicago Bulls, a night hosting the will-still-be-healthy Philadelphia 76ers, and then an arduous six-game west-coast road-trip. Even with the benefit of some continuity and chemistry, the Raptors...
Via Raptors Republic
56 minutes ago

A critical, yet personal, look at the Raptor schedule

Via Doug Smith's Blog
1 hour 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
17 hours 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
18 hours ago

Raptors 905 set to host 2018 G-League Showcase

It’s an overload of G-League basketball the likes of which we haven’t seen since, uh, last year. For the second straight season, the Raptors 905 will host the NBA G-League Showcase, a four-day, 26-game extravaganza. The event runs from January 10th to the 13th, and it’ll include all 26 G-League teams. Each squad will play two regular season games and get to show off for the...
Via Raptors HQ
19 hours 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
19 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors 905 announce 2018 G-League Showcase

Raptors 905 announced Tuesday that they will once again host the G-League Showcase for the 2017-18 season. The news was first reported by Raptors Republic in mid-July and includes the note that the Showcase will likely return in 2019, barring a change in thinking from the league or 905. This year’s event will be held Jan. 10-13 and once again include two games for all 26 of the...
Via Raptors Republic
20 hours ago

Kyle Wiltjer signs deal with Toronto Raptors

It is a one-year, non-guaranteed contract, but there is a roster spot left. Kyle Wiltjer is still looking for his way into the NBA, and that next stop has taken him to Canada, where he signed a one-year, $1.3 million dollar non-guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors. After struggling to crack into the rotation with the Houston Rockets last year, Wiltjer was one of many shipped...
Via The Slipper Still Fits
21 hours ago

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
22 hours ago

Raptors sign Kyle Wiltjer to non-guaranteed deal

The Toronto Raptors are signing Kyle Wiltjer to a training camp deal, a one-year pact at the league minimum with no guarantee. Oliver Maroney and Robby Kalland of Uproxx first reported the news Tuesday. “I’m just really excited to be back in Toronto and Canada,” Wiltjer told Uproxx. Wiltjer spent last season with the Houston Rockets, appearing in 14 games and averaging 0.9...
Via Raptors Republic
23 hours ago

NBA Schedule Release: Five Raptors games you should go to this season

Because sometimes Wednesday games against lottery teams can be fun! Because it’s placed smack dab in the middle of the NBA’s tumbleweed season, schedule-release day is much ballyhooed. Ultimately, it’s an uninteresting blip that you probably won’t think about again until the 2017-18 season is upon us — and even then, it really only makes sense to fret over the schedule...
Via Raptors HQ
1 day 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
1 day ago

NBA Schedule Release: The Raptors now have their plan for 2017-18

The official NBA schedule is here. If you’re a Raptors fan, circle the following 82 days. The 2017-18 NBA schedule is officially here, and that means we can now begin the arduous process of planning our lives around the Toronto Raptors once again. Starting on October 19th, and running clear through until April 11th, here comes 82 games of the Raps. For the full schedule, check...
Via Raptors HQ
1 day 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
5 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
11 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
12 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
21 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
25 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
26 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
29 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
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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