RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

DeMar DeRozan Not Planning On Meeting With Rival Teams

DeMar DeRozan doesn't plan on scheduling meetings with rival teams at the start of free agency as he focuses on re-signing with the Toronto Raptors. "My mindset has always been Toronto," DeRozan told reporters the day after the Raptors were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I've always preached it. I was passionate about it when we were losing, when we were terrible. I said...
Via RealGM
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

With two new rookies, it's time to re-consider the backend of the Raptors rotation

With two new rookies, let's try to break down slots 10 to 15 on the Raptors. Last season, the Raptors' roster was something of an ongoing experiment. Could a franchise aspiring to rise into the elite ranks of the NBA and contend at a higher level also feature a roster of young players whose value was still very much in question? The Raptors of last season began the year with five...
Via Raptors HQ
6 hours ago

DeMar DeRozan won't visit any teams besides Toronto

DeMar DeRozan has been frequently linked to Los Angeles, but it appears that he is not interested in going there or anywhere other than Toronto. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, DeRozan does not plan on visiting with any teams because he is focused on making a deal with the Raptors to stay with the team long-term. A source told ESPN that DeRozan would only meet with other teams...
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Draft Pick Pascal Siakam Does Have A Jump Shot

Toronto Raptors newest rookie Pascal Siakam is more than just a rim protector and garbageman in the paint, he does have a jump shot as well.
Via Pro Bball Report
12 hours ago

Raptors Player Review: The Breakout of Bismack Biyombo

After a low key and lacklustre start to his career in Charlotte, Biyombo's season in Toronto has vaulted him into a star of NBA Twitter and one of the best defensive big men in the league. Bismack Biyombo became a Raptor on July 4th of 2015, when Masai Ujiri inked the Congolese centre to a two-year, $6 million deal using the mini mid-level exception. Ten months later, Biyombo's...
Via Raptors HQ
13 hours ago

Morning Coffee – Sat, Jun 25

An Optimistic view of the Raptors’ Draft Night | Raptors Republic The best thing, in my eyes, about the Poeltl selection is that it works in a vacuum. While any Raptors fan can see the value in upgrading the power forward position for next season in a trade, there’s no guarantee that a move is out there, and especially no guarantee that the price will be something palatable...
Via Raptors Republic
18 hours ago

Is Lucas Nogueira Time With The Raptors Over?

Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri drafted two power forward/centers on Thursday to a roster that already includes two returning rookie guards and two returning sophomore bigs. There is no chance Ujiri starts the season with six young developing players, begging the question, is the 7' Brazilian Lucas Nogueira time with the Raptors just about over?
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago

WATCH: Jakob Poeltl with NBA TV Canada - June 24, 2016

Jakob Poeltl speaks with Sherman Hamilton about becoming a member of the Toronto Raptors.
Via YouTube
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors’ Poeltl shunned parents’ game, fell in love with basketball instead

Austrian star chased volleyballs as a child, but became first from his country to be selected in NBA draft.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

WATCH: Raptors Press Conference: Jakob Poeltl - June 24, 2016

General Manager Masai Ujiri introduces the Raptors first round pick Jakob Poeltl to Toronto on Friday afternoon.
Via YouTube
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NBA Draft Grades: How do the Raptors' newest players stack up?

Let's consider the two dudes the Raptors just selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. The 2016 NBA Draft is less than 24 hours old. This is something that should be kept in mind when considering the long term futures of two young men -- Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam -- and Raptors roster of basketball players that is sure to change in the short and long term. That said: let's break out...
Via Raptors HQ
1 day ago

An Optimistic view of the Raptors’ Draft Night

In what was one of the strangest draft nights in recent memory, the Toronto Raptors didn’t reach with their 9th overall pick. The teams after them took risky selections, guys with a larger chance to bust, but the Raptors took the player largely viewed as having the least chance to bust in Jakob Poeltl. Poeltl isn’t a flashy player, and on the surface doesn’t appear to be an...
Via Raptors Republic
1 day ago

WATCH: Raptors Select Pascal Siakam - June 23, 2016

Paul Jones, Sherman Hamilton & Leo Rautins break down the Raptors 27th overall selection Pascal Siakam at the 2016 NBA Draft.
Via YouTube
2 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Poeltl: Was hoping the Raptors will select me

Jakub Poeltl had plenty of hope he'll land with the Toronto Raptors at 9th overall, a team that he's familiar with and feel he's a good fit for.
Via SportsNetCanada
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poetl with No. 9 pick

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors selected Utah center Jakob Poetl with the ninth overall pick in the draft Thursday night. The 7-foot-1 Poetl is the first Austrian drafted in the NBA. Poeltl played two seasons with the Utes, earning the Pac-12 player of the year award this past season season. He averaged 17.2 points and 9.1 rebounds this season. Toronto acquired the pick in...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors draft Jakob Poeltl

Defense, height, and touch in the post – these are a few of Toronto’s favorite things The Player: Jakob Poeltl is the top center in the NBA Draft, with the height and length to protect the rim. More than that, Poeltl has the mobility to slow down ball handlers in the pick and roll game. On offense, Poeltl can score around the basket and make intelligent, timely passes. His playmaking...
Via The Lottery Mafia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors considering drafting Labissiere at No. 9?

Masai Ujiri’s hoop dreams truly know no bounds. According to a report by Chad Ford of ESPN on Thursday, the Toronto Raptors, who hold the No. 9 overall pick in this year’s draft, may consider selecting Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere at that spot if none of the top eight players in the draft fall to them. Hearing strong rumblings that Raptors GM Masai Ujiriin on Kentucky...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Why they should watch the Cavs closely

The Toronto Raptors were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Now, six games later, the Cavs are about to play a decisive game 7, one that could lead to an NBA championship.  Looking at the structure of the Cavaliers, the Raptors can learn a thing or two.  Lets delve into the Cavs stars and compare them to those of the Raptors: Kyle Lowry vs...
Via isportsweb.com
6 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Offseason Preview: Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are coming off what was easily the most successful season in franchise history. They won seven more games than their previous high, topping 50 wins for the first time, and pushed the Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. As the Raptors' veteran roster has come together and gelled, the question is: can they take the next step and reach the NBA...
Via RealGM - NBA
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Review: Kyle Lowry

As the Toronto Raptors were manhandled by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, it became clearer by the day that something was wrong in The 6. The team did not look like themselves in the playoffs, averaging nine less points than during the regular season, along with an unacceptable drop in shooting percentage. Much of the blame rested on the shoulders of team...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan And Toronto's Slightly Crazy, Ultimately Correct Choice

Obscured by the brashly joyful pregame din of what was supposed to be the Golden State Warriors' coronation, DeMar DeRozan officially opted out of his contract on Monday. This wasn't some staggering development; we've known this was going to happen since last summer. The cap's about to skyrocket next month and everyone who can possibly become a free agent is putting themselves on...
Via RealGM - NBA
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Demar DeRozan opts out, becomes free agent

DeMar DeRozan has thrown his name into the free agency fray, as Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com is reporting that the Toronto Raptors guard has opted out of the final year of his contract. This is pretty much the standard operating procedure for players of DeRozan’s caliber, so it’s certainly not surprising. Based on his comments in February, DeRozan doesn’t plan on leaving...
Via Sportsnaut
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors fan kicked out of game for heckling ref found killed

A Raptors fan who was kicked out of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals two weeks ago was found shot to death in Toronto on Tuesday. The fan, Sukh Deo, was described by the Vancouver Sun as a gangster. His uncle who spoke with the Sun said his nephew ran a trucking company with a friend. Deo was killed when two men seen wearing construction vests opened fire on a white Range...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry thanks Raptors fans in open letter

The Toronto Raptors put together a great 2015-16 campaign, and fans and players alike have a lot to be proud of. Kyle Lowry, who dropped 70 points combined in Games 4 and 6, took some time to thank the Raptors faithful. We’ve seen them gather to watch games in Jurassic Park, and they’ve gone to great lengths to support their team. Lowry and his teammates must have appreciated...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors GM: Dwane Casey ‘is our coach for the future’

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made it clear Monday that head coach Dwane Casey has a future with the franchise, as relayed by James Herbert of CBS Sports. Masai Ujiri: “Coach Casey is our coach for the future. I think that’s very easy for us to figure out.” — James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 30, 2016 While Ujiri states this as “very easy for us to figure...
Via Sportsnaut
26 days ago  |  Discuss
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