The Toronto Raptors netted themselves a proven veteran scorer from the Hawks when they sent the non-guaranteed contract of John Salmons to Atlanta for Lou Williams and the rights to Lucas Nogueira. “(My role is) to just come off the bench and bring a ton of energy and score the basketball,” Williams said.
On Pro Bball Report last week: Lou Williams and Patrick Patterson on Raptors playoffs, Greivis Vasquez on Toronto, James Johnson returns, Patterson’s confidence, Elijah Millsap, Raptors fans, DeMar DeRozan, Jonas Valanciunas, Lucas Nogueira questions, Dwight Buycks waived and more.
Diante Garrett was released by the Toronto Raptors on Saturday.
Garrett was acquired by the Raptors via trade this offseason.
For the Raptors newest veteran Lou Williams merely getting back to the playoffs isn’t enough. After meeting his teammates and knowing what he can bring to the table, Williams expects more. “Based on the season that they had last year, based on what I can bring to the table, I feel like being in the playoffs isn’t enough for this group,” Williams said.
Confirmation of Dwight Buycks being waived by the Raptors is expected soon and shouldn't come as a surprise since Toronto acquired veteran guard Lou Williams from the Hawks and re-signed guard Grievis Vasquez to a new two-year deal. Not long after news of Buycks anticipated departure was out, Eurohoops tweeted Buycks was headed to Maccabi for next season.
Raptors rookie prospect Lucas Nogueira was recently acquired in a trade with the Hawks and has been playing on Toronto’s Summer League team in Las Vegas, however, there was always a risk that his 600,000 € buyout Asefa Estudiantes in Spain would get in the way of his coming to the NBA this season.
The Toronto Raptors have decided to release point guard Dwight Buycks within the next two days, before his contract guarantee date on Monday, league sources told RealGM.
Buycks averaged 19.7 points and 4.3 assists in the Las Vegas Summer League, ranking sixth in scoring and seventh in assists. The Raptors grew fond of Buycks’ play a season ago and received trade interest from other...
It was a different James Johnson who was introduced to the Toronto media in his second turn at playing for the Raptors. A more mature young man who has learned from his mistakes and truly values the opportunity he has been given. “It was a crazy road for me, but I’ve learned a lot – a lot from my mistakes,” Johnson said.
Toronto Raptors: James Johnson Signing Grade
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Contract: 2 Seasons, 5 Million
Wow, James Johnson was the 16th pick in his draft and will be on his 5th team in 6 seasons, as he is returning to the Raptors who he played with for half of his 2nd season and his 3rd. Regardless, he is a Raptor again and is coming off of an excellent season...
For Greivis Vasquez at this point in his career and at this time in his personal life, Toronto is where it’s at and the city and the Raptors couldn’t have asked for a better spokesperson to promote the virtues of living and playing there.
LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — The Glendale Raptors Men’s 7s team inched towards their goal of qualification for the national Men’s Club 7s Championships this weekend, finishing as runners-up for the second-straight competition at the Heartland 7s tournament in Kansas City (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) over the weekend.
The Raptors opened up the tournament with a strong start in pool play,...
Patrick Patterson says playing for the Toronto Raptors boosted his confidence and it showed. Almost immediately he became an impact player and the longer he was there, the better he looked.
Charges of impaired driving made in April against the Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas while in Wasaga Beach, Ontario have been dropped by the Crown.
Patrick Patterson expects Toronto to build on their 48 win season because the Raptors found something special last year. “We have something special,” Patterson said. “We have something positive. We have a great coaching staff, a great organization, great leadership, great players and guys who are hungry and willing to learn and get better every single day. I am glad that...
USA Basketball announced Monday that Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been added to the 2014-16 Men’s National Team roster. DeRozan will be among the 19 players participating at the team’s Las Vegas training camp July 28 through August 1, from which the 2014 USA World Cup Team will be selected. Full list of all players on the roster included.
It is the NBA offseason so what better time for players to improve on their game heading into the new season.
You know, getting up early, keeping up your conditioning, and… hitting the local Walmart? Well, if you are DeMar DeRozan, that is exactly what you do.
The Raptors’ star player decided while at a Walmart, he might as well work on his dribbling skills by going through the...
It might not have been obvious or maybe everyone just has a short term memory, but prior to last season, the Raptors organization’s ability to connect with their fans was kind of hit and miss. Now the Raptors seem to have figured out that if you want your fans to embrace your team, the team has to embrace their fans first.
Lucas Nogueira was still under contract for one more season with Asefa Estudiantes in Spain when the Raptors traded for him and although he has already played in one NBA Summer League game with Toronto, the team has yet to be able to announce they have got his name on a contract.
GM Masai Ujiri made it clear the Raptors would be going after their own free agents first this summer. This time Toronto was going to build their team the right way – no quick fixes and nothing crazy in the off season. “We grow our own players and that is a goal of ours,” Ujiri said.
The days of the Toronto Raptors scrounging for players to sign during free agency are finally over!It was another busy day for the Raptors front office, or should I say busy night. The Raptors and free agent back-up point guard Greivis Vasquez came to terms on a two-year, $13 million contract late last night. A lot of people were hoping that Vasquez would sign for less money than...
If Kyle Lowry’s family wasn’t happy in Toronto, there was no amount of winning or money that would have him re-signing with the Raptors. “It was very important,” Lowry said. “I don’t make a decision if I don’t have the support of my family. It just doesn’t happen.”
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Kyle Lowry’s press conference began with Masai Ujiri sounding like a true fan who could not contain his happiness and giddiness in the moment, continuously stating that Lowry’s signing is “awesome”, unable to think of another way to articulate his feelings and thoughts about Lowry and Lowry’s return. It was nice to see his genuine...
James Johnson had played the best basketball of his NBA career for Raptors Head Coach Dwane Casey during the 2011-2012 season. Then, last year in Memphis, he was even more effective on a per minute basis. “it makes sense for him to return to a team where he's arguably had the most success and playing time in his career.”
Grievis Vasquez is yet another name on the market in this year's free agency period. The 27-year-old combo guard from Venezuela finished the 2013-2014 campaign with the Raptors, and it looks like he will be returning to Toronto next season.Photo by Keith Allison via Wikimedia CommonsAccording to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Vasquez will sign a contract to stay in Toronto...
The Toronto Raptors officially re-signed free-agent point guard Kyle Lowry to a multi-year contract on Thursday. “We made it known that our top priority heading into the offseason was to re-sign Kyle,” said Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri. “He was a key to our success last season and we are delighted that he wants to be here in Toronto to help us continue...