The debate over who will be among the top backcourts this season won't be easily settled, but there aren't any other pairings besides the Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan where both guards were top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes at their position last season. Yes that includes Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who were the obvious best of the best.
On Pro Bball Report recently: Tax Myths about Canada, No respect for Raptors, The surprising Cory Joseph, Luis Scola dominating, Cavs Kyrie Irving return date uncertain, Anthony Bennett improves, Landry Fields unwanted, Andrew Wiggins leads Canada twice, Brady Heslip scores, Dwight Powell impresses and more.
Reports and speculation are beginning to surface that if Tristan Thompson ends up playing with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $6.9 million qualifying offer, he and his agent could be setting their sights on heading to the Toronto Raptors in 2016. Several factors come into play regarding how Thompson could end up in Canada, beginning with the fact that the 24-year-old was...
Toronto Raptors veteran forward Luis Scola has shouted from Puerto Rico that he's not done yet. Playing for Argentina in the Tuto Marchand Cup, a warm up tournament for the FIBA Americas, Scola didn't just lead his National Team, he led the entire tournament in scoring, rebounding and assists per game.
Most everything has gone smoothly for the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. LeBron James re-signed. Kevin Love re-signed. Iman Shumpert re-signed, and James Jones did, too. Mo Williams returned to town and Matthew Dellavedova stuck around. The Cavs found a taker for Brendan Haywood’s contract.1 They signed Richard Jefferson to back up LeBron, and lured Sasha Kaun from Russia to...
One of this season's most underrated and underappreciated free agent acquisitions has been the Raptors bringing the Spurs free agent point guard Cory Joseph home to Toronto. Overshadowed by All-Star Tony Parker and slotted in behind Patty Mills on the Spurs depth chart, many people have chosen to just ignore what Joseph was able to accomplish in San Antonio. This kid is primed to...
It's still early to be making predicting about next season, not that being early has ever stopped anyone, and it seems the Toronto Raptors failure to land a superstar in free agency has bumped them completely off the radar down South. The Raptors just can't get any respect for their anticipated defense of the Atlantic Division or their consecutive franchise record setting seasons.
The Razzball Hoops Pod returns after a week off, and on today's show we talk the Jonas Valanciunas extension and the impact on the Rap's big men, then spend the rest of the show talking the Yahoo O-Ranks as fantasy leagues open up, and rip them to smithereens. Download in iTunes
Landry Fields has played five NBA seasons, the last three as a member of the Toronto Raptors.But an injury to his shooting arm has limited his production the last couple of years, and now, as an unrestricted free agent, it's worth wondering if his NBA career might be finished.“In terms of (my) shot and the arm, it is still an on-going thing,” Fields said just before last season...
Landry Fields is only 27-years-old with five years of NBA experience behind him and there have been rumors that the Toronto Raptors unrestricted free agent has been under consideration by both the Knicks and the Cavaliers.
DeMar DeRozan averaged 20.1 points per game for the Raptors last season, but did so about as inefficiently as possible.DeRozan shot a career-low 41.3 percent from the field, which included a mark of just 28.4 percent from three-point distance.DeMarre Carroll was the team's big offseason acquisition, and he managed to incorporate the three-point shot into his offensive game, which...
On Pro Bball Report recently: Patrick Patterson's home decor, Akil Augustine on Raptors free agents, Raptors 905 draft, Team Canada cuts, Talent Identification Weekend coming, Brady Heslip signs, Andrew Wiggins responsibility, Cory Joseph, Jonas Valanciunas extension and assessment, no FIBA for Greivis Vasquez , Kevin Durant injury, Chris Bosh fantasy, Tristan Thompson and more.
Last season, the Toronto Raptors ran away with the Atlantic Division for the second year in a row but were defeated in the first round of the playoffs yet again. Although the Raptors won the Atlantic, two other teams in the division made the playoffs as well. Can any of the other four teams in the division dethrone the Raptors as champions of the Atlantic, or will they win their...
From NBA TV Canada's The Hangout, host Akil Augustine breaks down the Toronto Raptors free agent signings from this summer. From Bismack Biyombo at 12:03pm immediately after the July Moratorium ended, to the Hawks DeMarre Carroll, Canadian Cory Joseph and finally the veteran Luis Scola.
The Raptors agreed to a fairly hefty contract extension with Jonas Valanciunas this week, and the team is reportedly in talks with another of its young players about a deal that could similarly lock him up for the foreseeable future.Terrence Ross doesn't have nearly the value to the Toronto franchise that Valanciunas does at this stage of their respective careers, but since he'll...
Terrence Ross has an uncertain future with the Toronto Raptors after their offseason signing of DeMarre Carroll. But Masai Ujiri said the Raptors and Ross' camp have discussed an extension. “We’ll keep monitoring and see how things get done, if anything happens,” Ujiri said. “We’ve had a little bit of discussion.” Ross would become a restricted free agent next offseason...
(April 13, 2015 – Source: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images North America) By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content at Hoopstuff… Contract: 4 years (4th year player option), 64 million Just days after news of negotiations were first reported, the Toronto Raptors and starting center Jonas Valanciunas have come to terms on a four year extension, with the fourth year being a player option...
The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension. “Jonas’ contributions continue to improve with each season and we view him as a significant part of what we are building in Toronto,” said Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri. In his three seasons with the Raptors, the 23-year-old Valanciunas has averaged 10.9 points...
Jonas Valanciunas talked to the media after signing his brand new four-year extension with the Toronto Raptors. As always the young center showed a solid appreciation of where he is in his NBA career. "(My minutes) depends on me, I got to get better defensively." Watch the entire media scrum here.
The Toronto Raptors and center Jonas Valanciunas have formally agreed on a four-year extension worth $64 million that will kick in a year from now. President and General Manager Masai Ujiri once again showed his negotiating skills in achieving this compromise deal with his young center.
TORONTO -- The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension. Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported that contract is worth $64 million over four years with escalators that could make contract worth up to $70 million. Valanciunas said on Twitter on Thursday the deal is for four years. Raptors general manager...
TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors have signed center Jonas Valanciunas to a multiyear contract extension. Valanciunas said on Twitter on Thursday the deal is for four years. Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri calls the 7-foot, 270-pound Lithuanian ''a significant part of what we are building in Toronto.'' Valanciunas averaged a career-high 12 points last season and finished second...
Jonas Valanciunas has signed a contact extension worth $64 million over four years, according to a report from Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski. This may seem like a large chunk of change to break off for the big man who has played just three NBA seasons, but ultimately, the contract is likely going to be seen as a bargain in NBA circles.Valanciunas has...
Jonas Valanciunas and the Toronto Raptors have reportedly agreed upon a contract extension. Previous reports indicated the deal would be for more than $60 million over four seasons. The Raptors hope to make the deal official on Thursday.
Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, have selected the rights to 16 players in the 2015 NBA Development League Expansion Draft. The team will hold the rights to those players for two seasons.
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