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Raptors Promote Bobby Webster, Dan Tolzman, Keith Boyarsky

Jun 28, 2017 11:25 AM

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have promoted Bobby Webster to general manager, Dan Tolzman to assistant general manager / vice president, player personnel and Keith Boyarsky to vice president, basketball strategy & research.

Masai Ujiri will continue to oversee basketball operations as president of the club.

“We are excited to promote Bobby, Dan and Keith for their hard work and important contributions to our program,” said Ujiri. “They have been invaluable across many aspects of the franchise, making decisions on our salary management, key input on scouting, analytics, strategy, player personnel and team building that has helped us develop a winning culture throughout our organization.”

Webster joined the Raptors front office in 2013 as vice president, basketball management & strategy, and helped construct a roster that won three consecutive Atlantic Division titles (2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16) and back-to-back 50-win seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Raptors have compiled a 204-124 (.622) regular season record since 2013 – the best in the Eastern Conference the past four years.

Webster was promoted to assistant general manager / vice president, basketball strategy in September 2016. He came to the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for the previous seven seasons in the NBA's CBA group.

Tolzman has served the past two seasons as director, player personnel / general manager of Raptors 905, the team’s NBA G League affiliate. He will continue to serve as Raptors 905’s general manager in his new role. Raptors 905 has compiled a 62-38 (.620) regular-season record during its first two seasons under Tolzman’s direction. 

Tolzman joined the Raptors as director of scouting in 2013 and organized the team’s scouting efforts for the NBA draft and free agency preparation. He was a member of Ujiri’s staff in Denver, serving as scouting coordinator from 2011-13 and also worked in the media relations department from 2004-09.
Boyarsky joined the Raptors as an analytics consultant during the 2009-10 season and served as director of analytics since 2013-14. He advises management in player evaluation and roster construction, while providing the coaching staff with data-driven scouting and analysis. Boyarsky adapts new technologies and data sources to lead the Raptors’ efforts in innovating new competitive advantages.

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Knicks Targeting Masai Ujiri For President Of Basketball Operations Job

Jun 28, 2017 9:45 AM

The New York Knicks are targeting Masai Ujiri to replace Phil Jackson as president of basketball operations. 

Ujiri joined the Toronto Raptors in 2013 from the Denver Nuggets and recently was elevated to a higher position while being given a raise.

James Dolan has known to be fond of Ujiri for several years.

Ujiri negotiated against the Knicks on the Carmelo Anthony trade while with the Nuggets and again on the Andrea Bargnani trade. The Knicks also discussed a Kyle Lowry trade but Dolan backed out due to concerns about negotiating with Ujiri again.

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Raptors Promote Bobby Webster To General Manager

Jun 26, 2017 11:25 AM

The Toronto Raptors will promote assistant general manager Bobby Webster to general manager.

Webster will be the youngest GM in the NBA at the age of 32 as he will replace Jeff Weltman.

Webster began his NBA career as the associate director of salary cap management at the league’s head offices in New York City.

Webster was initially hired as vice president of basketball management and strategy when Masai Ujiri was hired by the Raptors in 2013.

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Kennedy Meeks Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors

Jun 23, 2017 11:27 AM

Kennedy Meeks has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Meeks went undrafted out of North Carolina.

Meeks averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior for the Tar Heels. Meeks was on the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team.

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Raptors Pursuing Jonas Valanciunas Trade Scenarios

Jun 22, 2017 7:03 PM

The Toronto Raptors are exploring trade scenarios involving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 overall pick.

Valanciunas signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Raptors in 2015.

The need for a center of Valanciunas' skill-set has become less critical over the past couple of seasons.

Toronto has key decisions to make this offseason on the free agencies of Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson and P.J. Tucker.

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Rival Teams Have Been Told Kyle Lowry Has 'Zero Interest' In Re-Signing With Raptors

Jun 19, 2017 9:57 PM

Kyle Lowry will be a free agent this offseason and it is unlikely to be as easy for the Toronto Raptors as it was in 2014.

Lowry has been "grumbling about dissatisfaction with the Raptors for months", according to multiple sources.

Rival teams were being told Lowry had “zero interest” in returning to Toronto as recently as mid-May.

The Raptors, for their part, had no intention of offering a five-year deal to Lowry.

Another destination for Lowry may prove difficult in free agency. The San Antonio Spurs are not likely to be interested while the Philadelphia 76ers are likely out after trading for Markelle Fultz.

“I love this city, everything about this city . . . I think everything about Toronto has been as positive or better than other NBA cities,” said Lowry last week.

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Kyle Lowry Meets With Dwane Casey, DeMar DeRozan At Finals

Jun 2, 2017 4:22 PM

Kyle Lowry met with DeMar DeRozan and Dwane Casey this week in the Bay Area. Lowry was last a free agent in 2014 and re-signed with the Toronto Raptors.

Casey wanted to expose Lowry and DeRozan to the culture of The Finals. Norman Powell also attended the meeting.

Lowry missed the final two games of the Raptors' playoff run.

The Raptors are under pressure to re-sign Lowry who figures to receives significant free agent interest.

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Cavaliers Might Have Picked Jonas Valanciunas If They Knew When He'd Join NBA

May 30, 2017 10:17 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers somewhat surprisingly selected Tristan Thompson with the fourth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

The Cavaliers were also considered Enes Kanter and Jonas Valanciunas.

Sources say the Cavaliers might have selected Valanciunas had he provided a specific time of when he would leave Europe for the NBA.

Valanciunas ultimately joined the Toronto Raptors just one season after he was drafted.

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Raptors Acquire 2018 2nd Round Pick From Magic For Jeff Weltman

May 25, 2017 2:15 PM

The Toronto Raptors will acquire a second round pick in 2018 from the Orlando Magic as compensation for Jeff Weltman.

Weltman was hired by the Magic this week as president of basketball operations.

Orlando will send the Raptors the least favorable of two second round picks they control in 2018. The Magic have their own second round pick in 2018 along with the second round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers as part of the Dwight Howard trade.

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Jeff Weltman Agrees To Become President Of Basketball Ops For Magic

May 22, 2017 6:24 PM

Jeff Weltman has agreed to become President of Basketball Operations for the Orlando Magic on a five-year contract.

Weltman will replace Rob Hennigan, who was fired at the start of the offseason. Weltman will decide who to hire as general manager below him.

Weltman has been with the Toronto Raptors since 2013. Weltman previously was with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2008.

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Salaries Of GMs On Contending Teams Increasing
Bob Myers and Masai Ujiri received contract extensions within the past season that pay more than $5 million per season.

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Masai Ujiri: Raptors Need A Culture Reset
While Masai Ujiri said changing all of the players isn't the answer, he feels they need to move the ball more on offense.


Kyle Lowry Confirms He'll Opt Out, Expects Stressful Decision
Kyle Lowry will prioritize his chances of competing for a title in free agency.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Masai Ujiri: We're Trying To Keep Up With The Big Boys
The Toronto Raptors will have another key offseason in 2017 with Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson and PJ Tucker becoming free agents.

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DeMar DeRozan: Raptors Would Have Won Series If We Had LeBron Too
LeBron James has represented the Eastern Conference in the Finals in every season since 2011.

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Raptors' Four-Game Exit Could Increase Odds Of Kyle Lowry Departure
Kyle Lowry re-signed with the Raptors in free agency in 2014.

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Kyle Lowry Doubtful For Game 4
Kyle Lowry is not "giving up hope" of being ready to attempt playing in Game 4.

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Magic Interested In John Hammond, Jeff Weltman, Kevin McHale
The Magic are searching for a new general manager after firing Rob Hennigan.

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Raptors Considering Starting Norman Powell, Jakob Poeltl For Game 2
Norman Powell has played very well throughout the playoffs for the Raptors, starting Games 4-6 against the Bucks.

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Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey, Terry Stotts Interviewed As Package Deal In 2008
Rick Carlisle, Dwane Casey and Terry Stotts each were fired as head coach of the Pacers, Wolves and Bucks around the same time in 2007.

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Kyle Lowry Remains Unsure Of Return Date
Kyle Lowry spoke with the media for the first time since his surgery after taking part in a light workout on Monday.

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Jerry Stackhouse Expected To Be Head Coaching Candidate
Jerry Stackhouse was an 18-year NBA player and was a de facto player development coach during the final seasons of his career.

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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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Warriors Had Interest In Trading For Kyle Lowry In 2013
The Warriors were unwilling to include Festus Ezeli with a pick in their offer for Kyle Lowry.

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Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez Each Suspended One Game
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation.

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Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka Ejected After Exchanging Punches
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka each threw punches before their ejection.


Pascal Siakam Named D-League Player Of The week
Pascal Siakam averaged 18.0 points (on 56.4 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.

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Raptors Hold Lengthy Meeting Following Blowout Loss To Thunder
Dwane Casey didn't address the media until 38 minutes after the game ended compared to his typical 10-15 minutes.

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Kyle Lowry To Undergo Wrist Surgery
Kyle Lowry hopes to return in time for the playoffs.

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Raptors Debating Whether To Trade 1st Rounder For P.J. Tucker, Wilson Chandler
P.J. Tucker will be a free agent in the offseason.

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