RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Report: DeMar DeRozan signs massive deal with the Raptors

There didn’t seem to be much of a chance that All-Star DeMar DeRozan would leave the Toronto Raptors in free agency. The team reportedly eliminated that slim possibility during the early hours of free agency Friday morning, signing the star shooting guard to a huge five-year contract worth more than $139 million. DeMar DeRozan has agreed to a five-year, $139 million-plus deal...
Via Sportsnaut
17 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Reports: DeMar DeRozan re-signing with Raptors

DeMar DeRozan is re-signing with the Toronto Raptors on a five-year contract, according to multiple reports. The deal is reported to be worth $137 million to $139 million.The 26-year-old guard, who averaged a career-high 23.5 points last year in his seventh season since being drafted by Toronto, is the second big name in free agency to re-sign for big bucks. Bradley Beal reportedly...
Via Fox Sports
37 minutes ago  |  Discuss

Report: Raptors agree to 5-year, $139M deal with DeMar DeRozan

DeMar DeRozan has decided to stay with the Toronto Raptors, according to a report from Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports. That deal is for five years, according to Shams Charania of The Veritcal. Amick adds that the final salary figure is unknown in part because the Raptors will have other pieces moving around – as we’ve explained here, DeRozan’s salary isn’t likely to impact...
Via Raptors Republic
1 hour ago

Video – An Anthony Bennett Rim Rocker vs Italy

Anthony Bennett had a pretty vicious slam against Italy a couple days ago. Video – An Anthony Bennett Rim Rocker vs Italy originated on Raptors Republic: ESPN TrueHoop Network Blog.
Via Raptors Republic
3 hours ago

E.J. Singler Could Be The Raptors Missing Wing

E.J. Singler earned himself a spot on the Toronto Raptors Summer League team with the Mississauga Raptors 905 last season and if GM Masai Ujiri can create a roster spot, 26-year-old E.J. Singler could be the Raptors missing wing.
Via Pro Bball Report
7 hours ago

Raptors announce full roster for the Las Vegas Summer League

Who's ready for some off-season basketball in the desert? Nothing says summer like the Las Vegas Summer League. Today, the Raptors have announced the full roster for this year's journey out into the desert. Some of the names will be familiar to you, some maybe not. And as expected, Jama Mahlalela will be the team's head coach. Here's the full squad: @Raptors announce 15-man roster...
Via Raptors HQ
11 hours ago

NBA Free Agency: Which players should the Raptors pursue?

There are a lot of details to work out, but Toronto has some moves it could make. As we close in on zero hour of NBA free agency, there are still a lot of questions surrounding what the Raptors will (or will not) do. As has been discussed elsewhere, for the Raptors to contemplate some bigger signings, some decisions and/or trades will have to be made. Still, whether with big cap...
Via Raptors HQ
12 hours ago

Report: Raptors meeting with DeRozan on July 1, 4 teams ‘could’ follow

The Toronto Raptors won’t be wasting any time trying to come to an agreement with the biggest star that’s ever been adamant he wants to remain with the franchise long-term. DeMar DeRozan has granted the Raptors the first meeting in his unrestricted free agency, as expected. Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com reports that the meeting will take place on July 1 in Los Angeles, updating...
Via Raptors Republic
13 hours ago

The Raptors have a few salary decisions to make as NBA Free Agency period begins

Nothing unexpected happened at the draft, so here is just a quick refresher of the Raptors' options for free agency. With the draft behind us, and Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam in the fold, and we can turn our attention to what the Raptors will be able to do this summer. The NBA Free Agency period starts tomorrow after all. Let's take a look at what the Raptors have to work with...
Via Raptors HQ
15 hours ago

Toronto Raptors: Bye-Bye Bismack Biyombo?

The Toronto Raptors took the phrase “go big or go home” really to heart when deciding who to draft this year. Toronto used both picks on big men, selecting Jakob Poeltl with their ninth pick and then went on to select Pascal Siakam with their 27th pick. It was surprising to see Toronto aim heavily on frontcourt players who play primarily in the paint and don’t bring much spacing...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Jakob Poeltl Highlights And Workouts

The Toronto Raptors were justifiably excited to land a traditional skilled big man in Jakob Poeltl with the ninth pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. He's got a lot more to his game than just nice post moves.
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago

Bismack Biyombo Will Be Patient With Raptors In Free Agency

Bismack Biyombo would like to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors in free agency and is prepared to be patient with them as they first work on DeMar DeRozan's contract. The Raptors will have to use cap space to re-sign Biyombo as they signed him just last offseason after the Charlotte Hornets declined his qualifying offer. Biyombo could earn as much as $17 million per season on the...
Via RealGM
3 days ago  |  Discuss

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
5 days ago  |  Discuss

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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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
6 days ago  |  Discuss

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
7 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
7 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
7 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
7 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Draft 2016: Raptors select Jakob Poeltl ninth overall

Last year, the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record for wins with 56 and also advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in team history. They look to continue that by picking up one of the best shot-blockers in Utah’s Jakob Poeltl. With the 9th pick in the 2016 @NBADraft, the Toronto Raptors select Jakob Poeltl! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/IyGQOiZbs1 — Toronto...
Via Campus Sports Net
7 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
7 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
11 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
13 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
17 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
22 days ago  |  Discuss
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