RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Raptors HQ Facebook Live: Dwane Casey is back, and it’s totally fine

Sean Woodley brings you the off-season content you didn’t know you needed. This time around he’s talking Dwane Casey. Sean Woodley goes live on Facebook to discuss the news that Dwane Casey is returning to coach the Raptors. Stay tuned for more FB Live shows from Sean throughout the summer. An off-season Facebook live with Sean Sean Woodley. Ask questions in the comments...
Via Raptors HQ
7 hours ago

David Stern: Lakers could have had Chris Paul, GM panicked

David Stern says that the Los Angeles Lakers still could have acquired Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in 2011, but their GM panicked.In Dec. 2011, New Orleans, Houston and the Lakers agreed to a trade that would have sent CP3 to the Lakers. The Hornets did not have an owner at the time, so as commissioner, Stern reviewed the trade and rejected it for “basketball reasons...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Should Be Judged By Luxury Taxes In 2018

Whether or not a team in the NBA East is serious about being an NBA Finalist will be judged by Luxury Taxes next season and the Toronto Raptors are not an exception. A willingness to pay the tax has been a long standing test of the resolve to win in Toronto and and elsewhere, and it’s a test that has left the fans wanting most of the time. The Cavaliers are already committed...
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago

WATCH: Open Gym, presented by Bell Preview: Season 5 Finale

Open Gym, the Toronto Raptors documentary series is nearing the end of it's 5th season. Through exclusive access, behind the scenes moments and authentically capturing the lives of the players off the court, Open Gym provides viewers a genuine glimpse into the soul of the Toronto Raptors. The season finale is set to be released on June 13th.
Via YouTube
1 day ago  |  Discuss

NBA Draft 2017: More Raptors pre-draft workouts are coming

Just when you thought it was safe to relax into the summer. The Raptors have the 23rd pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, and you can be dang sure they’re going to use it. (Well, OK, you can’t be entirely sure they’re going to use it, they may trade it, or some other cataclysmic event could occur, but let’s keep our perspective here.) As such, Toronto’s front office has announced...
Via Raptors HQ
2 days ago

The Rewind: Vince Carter's graduation day celebration that wasn't

Welcome to The Rewind, where we dig through tapes, YouTube videos and streaming services and revisit some of the most interesting games in history. There is something special about revisiting a favorite movie, a favorite show no longer on the air, or even just pulling out an album and giving it a spin the whole way through for the first time in a long while. Inevitably you pick...
Via Yardbarker
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors are right to retain Dwane Casey – for now

Via FOX Sports
2 days ago

Whatever Direction They Go, The Toronto Raptors Should Believe In Masai Ujiri

The most underrated aspect to a successful basketball team is a great general manager. The day-to-day work of a general manager, highlighted by balancing a team’s present and future, goes without saying. Look at Cavaliers GM David Griffin. Griffin has managed to create an excellent team around LeBron James without sacrificing much of the future and he’s still without a contract...
Via The Lottery Mafia
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Raptors' Bleak Road Ahead

LeBron James, the official collector of souls in the NBA, recently took the Toronto Raptors’ collective soul, and this time it’s especially crushing considering the circumstances.  One year removed from a six-game loss in the Conference Finals, Toronto made changes solely on the basis of trying to win a series against the Cavs in the event that it happened again. They added...
Via The Sports Quotient
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Sam Mitchell reportedly candidate to join Pelicans’ coaching staff

Former Toronto Raptors head coach Sam Mitchell could be headed back to the NBA.Mitchell is a candidate to join Alvin Gentry’s coaching staff with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to a report from The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Mitchell, 53, coached the Raptors from 2004-2009 before being fired early in his fifth season. The team made the playoffs twice under his watch...
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Norman Powell Is Ready To Take On A Major Role

Raptors president Masai Ujiri is looking within for the change needed to take his team to another level and no one has looked more ready to take on a new major role next season than Norman Powell. Going back to his rookie season Powell has shown the signs of huge potential despite his second round status and the persistent doubts about his jump shot. Ignore the career averages of...
Via Pro Bball Report
3 days ago

AUDIO: Dwane Casey says he’ll be coaching Raptors next year, talks culture reset

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey joined Naylor & Landsberg on TSN 1050 on Wednesday to reflect on the 2016-17 season and look ahead to 2017-18. Normally we wouldn’t pass along a radio interview, but notable within is that Casey says president Masai Ujiri has assured him he’ll be coaching the team next year. You can check out the interview here. Casey also talked more...
Via Raptors Republic
3 days ago

WATCH: Casey: I’m not a defensive coach, I’m a basketball coach

Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey tells Blair and Brunt that he’s not just a defensive coach, he knows offense too, and they’ll work real hard to become a better 3-point shooting team.
Via SportsNetCanada
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Kyle Lowry a good fit for the Philadelphia 76ers?

Kyle Lowry is a Philadelphia native who spent his college years at Villanova, so playing for the  Philadelphia 76ers is a natural fit. Philadelphia is an interesting destination because of its uncertainty. The 76ers have a 75-253 record over the past four seasons, and have not been shy about their tanking philosophy. However, now that they have young talent, free agents will have...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Knicks reportedly could still have interest in Ricky Rubio

The New York Knicks may still have interest in trading for Ricky Rubio.The Knicks reportedly were in trade talks with the Minnesota Timberwolves about Rubio prior to the deadline. The Timberwolves reportedly backed away from a trade that would have swapped Derrick Rose for Rubio.ESPN’s Ian Begley says some with the Knicks wanted the team to revisit a potential trade for Rubio in...
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Pre-Draft Workouts - Dan Tolzman - May 23, 2017

Dan Tolzman shares his thoughts after Tuesday's pre-draft workouts.
Via YouTube
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Pre-Draft Workouts - Masai Ujiri - May 23, 2017

Masai Ujiri speaks with the media regarding his relationship with Jeff Weltman and what is next for the club moving forward.
Via YouTube
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Serge Ibaka re-signing with Raptors is basically a done deal

Serge Ibaka was slated to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but the Toronto Raptors are trying to prevent the power forward from hitting the open market.Via Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders: Most in NBA circles believe that Ibaka made it clear to the Magic the only team he wanted to land with was Toronto, and it’s likely why other teams in the hunt for him passed...
Via The Sports Daily
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Draymond Green is unhappy about Klay Thompson’s All-NBA Team snub

While the Golden State Warriors were well represented on the All-NBA teams, it’s possible that at least one man was snubbed. Draymond Green, who was voted All-NBA third team, was not happy about the complete omission of Klay Thompson.“I think it’s bulls***,” Green said, per ESPN’s Chris Haynes in an unedited tweet.Thompson did receive 14 votes, but that fell short of earning...
Via Sportsnaut
10 days ago  |  Discuss

This isn't the Warriors-Spurs series fans deserve

Don’t you hate when something is overhyped and it fails to live up to its billing? We often see this in sports, and in fact, we are experiencing it during the Western Conference Finals.When the Western semifinals ended, it appeared that the basketball gods blessed fans with the makings of an epic series in a marquee matchup between the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs...
Via The Sports Fan Journal
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry officially opts out of his contract

The Toronto Raptors may end up losing one of their two All-Stars when free agency gets going this upcoming summer. As has been rumored since Toronto was swept out of the NBA playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers last weekend, point guard Kyle Lowry has officially opted out of his contract. Considering Lowry was set to make $18 million next season, this shouldn’t come as too much...
Via Sportsnaut
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Has the Toronto Raptors’ contention window closed before it even opened?

The Toronto Raptors were unceremoniously booted from the second round of the NBA Eastern Conference playoffs by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 4-0 sweep was the most recent playoff defeat for the current core of Canada’s lone squad — carrying the banner of #WeTheNorth rather softly from 2013-14 through this past season. In year one, they fell to an aging Nets team in the first...
Via The Comeback
18 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Grange: Ujiri's most important offseason in Toronto

Eric Smith and Michael Grange break down Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri’s end of the season press conference, and with all the moving parts, calling this the most important offseason of his career in T.O.
Via SportsNetCanada
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry announces he will opt out of contract

An All-Star guard will be added to the NBA free agency pool this summer. Kyle Lowry announced Monday that he’s going to opt out of his contract with the Toronto Raptors, as expected. ESPN’s Marc Stein noted on Sunday that there was some buzz building that Lowry will be setting his sights on joining a Western Conference team. No doubt, he’s just sick and tired of not being able...
Via Sportsnaut
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ibaka on whats next: Going to spend time with daughter, see what happens

Toronto Raptors' Serge Ibaka talks about how LeBron James is the motor of the Cavaliers, and how his future with the Raps is not up to him at the moment.
Via SportsNetCanada
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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