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Report: Raptors actively exploring trades for Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jonas Valanciunas

There has been a lot of movement this off-season in the NBA than I can remember in a long time. There are so many teams looking to make moves to improve their teams or to simply looking to clear some cap space. One team who is starting to consider their options is the Toronto Raptors. It has been very clear that the Raptors have peaked with the team that they have now and it seems...
Via No Guts, No Glory
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Should the Raptors pursue Mike Dunleavy, Jr.?

The Toronto Raptors probably won't be in play for any of the marquee free agents this summer like LaMarcus Aldridge or even Kevin Love. There are, however, a few bargain-bin free agents they could pursue that would immediately help the team. One such free agent is Mike Dunleavy, Jr. But would the aging veteran really contribute? Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic weighs the pros and...
Via Fox Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Dwane Casey thinks the era of the center has 'gone by'

Jonas Valanciunas was expected to be a star for the Toronto Raptors. But as the NBA Finals showed, the league is increasingly moving away from a big-dominated league to one that values spacing, quickness and versatility. Dwane Casey recognized as much, and knows that moving forward, Valanciunas' role with the team will change because of it. As he told the Toronto Star: "'I would...
Via Fox Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors Look For Forward/Center Athleticism in NBA Draft In Brooklyn

The Toronto Raptors had a successful 2014-15 season when taking a look at the history of the organization. They won back-to-back Atlantic Division regular season titles for the first time in franchise history, and also set the franchise mark for wins in a season with 49. But the Raptors were unceremoniously swept in the first round of the NBA playoffs and for those who watched, calling...
Via Hoops Heads North
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors need to find themselves on defense again

The Toronto Raptors storybook season certainly didn't have a fairytale ending. They started off the season on fire but quickly cooled down after the All-Star break, culminating in a first-round loss to the Washington Wizards. To get back to where they were at the start of the season, as Holly Mackenzie explains, the Raptors need to improve two areas this summer: defense and rebounding...
Via Fox Sports
June 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Becoming quicker is the key to unlocking Jonas Valanciunas' potentail

While Jonas Valanciunas has improved every season, he still hasn't become the player the Toronto Raptors want him to be. To become that player, William Lou of Raptors Republic says, Valanciunas must improve in three areas this summer: play making, lateral quickness and developing a reliable jump shot."...it’s unreasonable to expect Valanciunas to ever be able to defend any position...
Via Fox Sports
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Pro Bball Report Week in Review 05/17/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Restricted Free Agents getting max deals, Jonas Valanciunas fishing, Ed Davis moving, trading Kelly Olynyk, affording Draymond Green, targeting Bismack Biyombo, Raptors keep Coach Casey and more.
Via Pro Bball Report
May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors will bring back head coach Dwane Casey

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Dwane Casey has been rumored to be on the hot seat since the season ended in a sweep at the hands of the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Despite those rumors, the Toronto Raptors are prepared to bring him back as their head coach for the 2015-16 season even though the team failed to live up to their postseason expectations...
Via Sports-Glory
May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Jonas Valanciunas placed on the Lithuanian preliminary squad

Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas will play internationally again, according to TalkBasket.net.Valanciunas, the Lithuanian native, has spent previous years playing for his national team and was named a member of Lithuania's 25-man, preliminary roster this week. Other recognizable names on the list include Domantas Sabonis (Arvydas' son), Linas Kleiza and Donatas Motiejunas, though...
Via Fox Sports
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Enjoys Some Fishing

A very happy looking Jonas Valanciunas enjoyed a little fishing in Lake Huron before heading home to Lithuania and unlike his fishing trip during the All-Star break, this time he caught his share of fish. In February the Toronto Raptors center had made a return trip to the frozen expanse of Lake Simcoe just North of Toronto where a cold stay in a hut on the lake was not nearly as rewarding.
Via Pro Bball Report
May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 NBA Playoffs: The Washington Wizards’ Astonishing Act One

Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) passes the ball to center Marcin Gortat (4), from Poland, past Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas (17), from Lithuania, in the first half of Game 4 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs, Sunday, April 26, 2015, in Washington. (Mandatory Credit: AP Photo/Alex Brandon) The Washington Wizards opened the 2014-15 NBA regular season...
Via The Sports Journal
April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors get swept by Wizards

“I don’t want to go through customs no more!” Well Paul, you got your wish. The Toronto Raptors playoff run has come to an end, an end that came much quicker than anyone expected.  The Raptors, who entered the postseason as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference, were swept by the Washington Wizards in beat down fashion.  The 4/5 matchup is usually one of the closer, harder...
Via isportsweb.com
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry mostly to blame for Toronto Raptors’ playoff woes

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Going into the playoffs, the general perception was that the Toronto Raptors would be able to take on the Washington Wizards and if not win outright, at least keep the series close and take it to six or seven games. However, just like last year, it appears the Raptors might be out in just the first round after earning the No. 4 seed in the East. So...
Via Sports-Glory
April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors-Wizards: The taming of Valanciunas, by Gortat, Nene

The Washington Wizards have done a lot of things right during their two-game obliteration of the Toronto Raptors. John Wall has been a monster in transition, picking apart Toronto’s defense en route to averaging 12.5 assists per game. With some beefy minutes totals, Otto Porter has emerged as a legitimate NBA player. Bradley Beal shook off a rough Game 1 outing in Game 2 ...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors-Wizards: The Taming of Valanciunas, By Gortat and Nene

The Washington Wizards have done a lot of things right during their two-game obliteration of the Toronto Raptors. John Wall has been a monster in transition, picking apart Toronto’s defense en route to averaging 12.5 assists per game. With some beefy minutes totals, Otto Porter has emerged as a legitimate NBA player. Bradley Beal shook off a rough Game 1 outing in Game 2 — he...
Via Bloguin Best
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t write off the Toronto Raptors just yet

John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports Following last year’s brief brush with success, the re-signing of Kyle Lowry, and an extremely promising start to the current campaign, the Toronto Raptors were expected to cruise into the post-season and past the point of previous playoff-failures in 2015. It’s not that anybody was expecting Toronto to win an NBA championship just yet, but...
Via Sports-Glory
April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors’ Lou Williams wins NBA Sixth Man Award

Toronto Raptors’ Lou Williams, who averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season, is the winner of the 2014-15 Kia NBA Sixth Man Award as the league’s best player in a reserve role, the NBA announced Monday. The 6-1 guard becomes the first Raptors player to earn the honor. Williams, in his 10th NBA season and first with the Raptors, had 78 first-place votes and 502 total...
Via Sports-Glory
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

NBA Film Study: Wizards vs. Raptors

Saturday’s Game 1 between the Washington Wizards and the Toronto Raptors was an old-fashioned, slow-paced, heavy-defensed playoff brawl. The Wizards won by the low, low score of 93–86, and that was after five minutes of overtime. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field.  Something’s off about this being such a low-scoring game, though. While the Wizards were fifth...
Via The Sports Post
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Victory is the Raptors’ only option in franchise’s most important playoff series

Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Just two years removed from their fifth consecutive losing campaign, the Toronto Raptors stumbled across the finish line with a 92-87 victory over the Charlotte Hornets in Wednesday’s regular season finale to set a new franchise record with their 49th win of the season. But after last season’s legendary turnaround resulted in another early...
Via Sports-Glory
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Raptors’ Valanciunas go 0-2 at the rim… of a paper cup

It just wasn’t his day from the field. Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas didn’t have his shooting stroke with him recently as the big man missed point blank two shot attempts with this mouth piece at a paper cup. Yeah, that’s right, Jonas missed the rim of a cup (which was right in his face) as he tried to slam his mouth piece into it. The funny part of this video, his teammates...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Watch Raptors’ Valanciunas go 0-2 at the rim… of a paper cup

It just wasn’t his day from the field. Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas didn’t have his shooting stroke with him recently as the big man missed point blank two shot attempts with this mouth piece at a paper cup. Yeah, that’s right, Jonas missed the rim of a cup (which was right in his face) as he tried to slam his mouth piece into it. The funny part of this video, his teammates...
Via Bloguin Best
April 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors Jonas Valanciunas, “It’s Cool Being A Dad”

As any parent knows your first child is a life changing event and the Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas isn’t any different. “It’s cool (being a Dad,)” Valanciunas told Pro Bball Report.
Via Pro Bball Report
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors claw past Timberwolves, 105-100

TORONTO (AP) -- Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 and the Toronto Raptors won their 11th straight home game over Minnesota, beating the short-handed Timberwolves 105-100 on Wednesday night. Terrence Ross added 15 points and Patrick Patterson had 14 as the Raptors won for the third time in five games. They spoiled the Toronto debut of 2014 top...
Via AP on Fox
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

DeRozan, Valanciunas lead way as Raptors beat Timberwolves

  Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 15 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan scored 21 and the Toronto Raptors won their 11th straight home game over Minnesota, beating the short-handed Timberwolves 105-100 on Wednesday night. Terrence Ross added 15 points and Patrick Patterson had 14 as the Raptors won for the third time in five games. They spoiled the Toronto debut of 2014 top draft pick...
Via AP on Fox
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Pro Bball Report Week in Review 03/15/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Jonas Valanciunas drops King James, Warriors are just like Nash’s Suns, What the Raptors need to do, Pelican win without Davis, Inconsistent Raptors and more.
Via Pro Bball Report
March 15, 2015  |  Discuss
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