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Kyle Lowry Trying Not To Worry About Free Agency Until Summer

Jan 17, 2017 1:45 PM

Kyle Lowry will be a free agent this offseason and was recently asked if he wants to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors.

"When the time comes, then I will worry about it," said Lowry. "It definitely will be an option. It's definitely home. I have been given the keys to it, [and it's where] I have been most successful. When that time comes, I'll think about it, but for now I just want to keep winning and try to get to that next level and take it game by game and day by day."

The Raptors traded for Lowry in 2012 from the Houston Rockets and re-signed him in 2014.

Lowry figures to receive a much more lucrative contract in free agency this time than the four-year, $48 million deal he signed in 2014.

Lowry had to wait until his fifth season to become a full-time starter.

"I feel like the last couple of years, everything has been happening the right way mostly because I have done everything that I was supposed to be doing. Just be a professional, go out there and work every single night and be me and have fun and just provide. Have fun, be with your teammates and your family and not worry about anything but having fun and winning games. At this time of the year, at this point in my life, it is about continuing to try to grow as much as possible and winning. Winning at the highest level. Winning a ring would be the ultimate goal, the ultimate feel-good."

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings, Raptors, Nuggets, 76ers Interested In Paul Millsap

Jan 6, 2017 1:31 PM

The Atlanta Hawks are holding Paul Millsap trade discussions with a number of teams.

Millsap can become a free agent this offseason.

The Sacramento Kings are "very interested" in Millsap, while the Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets and Philadelphia 76ers have also shown interest.

The Hawks agreed to trade Kyle Korver this week to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Dwane Casey, Mike D'Antoni Named Coaches Of The Month

Jan 4, 2017 2:27 PM

Dwane Casey and Mike D'Antoni have been named the Coaches of the Month for December.

Toronto finished December with a 10-4 record (second in the East) and averaged a conference-best 112.1 points with a +11.1-point differential. The Raptors scored 100+ points in 11 consecutive games during the month (December 2-23) and became the first team in NBA history to make at least 12 three-pointers while shooting .400 percent or better from behind the arc in eight consecutive games (November 23-December 8). Toronto also finished the month ranked second defensively holding opponents to 101.1 points per game.  

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Hawks Were Set To Trade Paul Millsap To Raptors If Al Horford Re-Signed

Jan 3, 2017 8:28 PM

The Atlanta Hawks could trade Paul Millsap between now and the trade deadline to avoid risking him leave in free agency with nothing coming back in return.

The Hawks have held trade talks involving Millsap at last year's deadline and in the offseason when they were trying to re-sign Al Horford while also adding Dwight Howard.

"This has happened twice in the last year," said Brian Windhorst about the Hawks trading Millsap. "They almost traded him to Denver at the trade deadline last year. They also had a trade lined up for Jeff Teague and ultimately decided not to do either trade. And ended up in the second round against the Cavs where they got swept.

"Then over the summer, after they did trade Jeff Teague and signed Dwight Howard, they were all set to trade Millsap if Al Horford had re-signed. They were going to trade him to Toronto. That deal fell through when Horford went to Boston.

"They've twice before brought their toes to the line on Millsap."

Toronto has long had interest in upgrading the power forward position.

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Tags: Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Jared Sullinger Approximately One Month Away From Return

Dec 23, 2016 11:04 AM

Jared Sullinger is about a month away from returning to the lineup for the Toronto Raptors.

Sullinger has been recovering from the surgery on his left foot he underwent in training camp.

Sullinger is no longer wearing a walking boot and has been able to put more pressure on the foot.

"He has been great with his insights. I tell him I would rather have him as the player Sully than the coach Sully, but he has a great basketball IQ and some great advice," said Dwane Casey. "You know when guys are pulling your tail and giving you bullcrap, but his stuff is real, really intelligent insight into who we are playing and how to play certain guys and certain situations. That has been very helpful. And it’s like I told him, this can help him when he goes on the floor so now he can think through situations so he has no excuse before he makes a mistake."

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Tags: Jared Sullinger, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Dec 19, 2016 4:13 PM

The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan and the Houston Rockets’ James Harden were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Dec. 12 through Sunday, Dec. 18.

DeRozan led the Raptors to a 3-1 week, averaging a league-high 31.5 points on 60.5 percent shooting to go with 4.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists. This marks the second time this season he has scored at least 30 points in four consecutive games. DeRozan also shot over 50.0 percent from the field in all four games. On Dec. 16, he tallied 34 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals in a 125-121 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. On Dec. 18, he finished with 31 points, three rebounds and three assists in a 109-79 victory over the Orlando Magic.

Harden led the Rockets to a 4-0 week behind averages of 27.0 points (third in the West), a league-best 12.8 assists, 9.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals. He recorded back-to-back triple-doubles in victories over the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans, giving him six for the season and 15 for his career. Harden surpassed Hakeem Olajuwon for most triple-doubles in Rockets franchise history. He tallied at least 20 points and 10 assists in three of four games, giving him 18 such games this season, tops in the league.   

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RealGM Radio: Eric Koreen On The Raptors

Dec 16, 2016 5:23 AM

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Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas

Dec 6, 2016 11:29 AM

The Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard, but both teams were looking to trade into the top-5 to select Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas fell to the Toronto Raptors at No. 5 as he wasn't planning on coming over to the NBA for one more season.

Bob Myers suspected the Spurs' Plan B in trading up ahead of the Warriors at No. 11 was to select Thompson, the player they were targeting with their lottery pick.

The Milwaukee Bucks also liked Thompson and they were picking 10th, but they moved out of the spot following a trade with the Sacramento Kings, who wanted Jimmer Fredette.

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Tags: Jonas Valanciunas, Kawhi Leonard, Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA

DeMar DeRozan Wants To Be Known As Greatest Raptor In Franchise History

Nov 23, 2016 1:13 PM

DeMar DeRozan re-signed with the Toronto Raptors on a five-year, $145 million deal and is now setting his sights on becoming the best player in franchise history.

"Without a doubt. No question," said DeRozan when posed with the question. "How many people get to say they hold one record for an organization, or were on the winningest team in Raptors history, or did this with one organization? All of those things last longer than your playing career. It took time for me to get out of the second round [of the playoffs] in Raptors history. And we did that [this year], and that’s something that is going to be there.

"If we don’t do it and someone else wins a championship, they are still going to revert back to the 2015-16 team as the best team until then. Ten, 15, 20 years from now, whatever it might be, those things last longer. It’s something you put your all into."

DeRozan chose to re-sign with the Raptors despite expected offers from the Lakers, Clippers and Heat.

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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week

Nov 14, 2016 3:04 PM

DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 7-13.

DeRozan led the NBA last week averaging 34.7 points and shot .535 (38-for-71) from the field in three games. He became the fourth player in NBA history to record 30 or more points in eight of the first nine games to start a season, joining Michael Jordan (1986-87), World B. Free (1979-80) and Nate Archibald (1972-73).

Harden averaged 27 points, 14.3 assists and 9.7 rebounds during the week.

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Masai Ujiri Thanks Trump 'For Making Toronto An Unbelievable Destination'
Masai Ujiri responded to the United States' election results in which Donald Trump is the president-elect.

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Raptors Interested In Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel will be a restricted free agent in the 2017 offseason.

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DeMar DeRozan: I'm Like A Tesla
DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA in scoring at 36.3 points per game through four games.

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Tristan Thompson Wasn't Surprised By Being Drafted Ahead Of Valanciunas
Tristan Thompson and Jonas Valanciunas will always be linked by their draft class.

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Jared Sullinger To Undergo Foot Surgery, Out 2-3 Months
Jared Sullinger will undergo surgery on his left foot and will miss at least the first few weeks of the season.

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Jared Sullinger Out Indefinitely With Foot Injury
Jared Sullinger was projected to be the Raptors' starting power forward.

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Kyle Lowry Hopes To Quickly Re-Sign With Raptors On Five-Year Deal
Kyle Lowry is scheduled to make just $12 million for the 17-18 season, making his opt out decision an easy one.

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Raptors Hire Patrick Mutombo As Assistant Coach
Patrick Mutombo comes to the Raptors after a stint in the D-League with the Austin Spurs as an assistant coach.

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Brady Heslip To Sign Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
Brady Heslip is a native of the Toronto area.

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Jeff Weltman Promoted To Raptors' GM
Jeff Weltman joined the Raptors on July 2, 2013 as executive vice president, basketball operations following five seasons as assistant general manager with the Bucks.

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Raptors Sign Masai Ujiri To Multi-Year Extension
Masai Ujiri was named president and general manager May 31, 2013.

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E.J. Singler Agrees To Sign With Raptors
E.J. Singler has agreed to play for the Raptors 905 of the D-League if he clears waivers assuming he doesn't make their regular season roster.

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Raptors 905 Holding Open Tryout
The tryout will be September 10th at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on the west side of the University of Toronto St. George campus, 100 Devonshire Place.

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Masai Ujiri, Raptors Close To Long-Term Extension
Masai Ujiri has two seasons remaining on his five-year, $15 million deal signed in May of 2013.

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Raptors Sign Drew Crawford, Yanick Moreira
Drew Crawford is the son of NBA referee Danny Crawford.

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog go in-depth on the Atlantic Division.

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DeMar DeRozan To 'Play Like He's Still Playing For Contract'
DeMar DeRozan will have a 66 percent increase in salary this season with his new deal with the Raptors.

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Raptors Expected To Have Interest In Serge Ibaka In 2017
Serge Ibaka would fit a need for the Raptors at power forward with his ability to protect the rim on defense and stretch the floor on offense.

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Raptors Sign Jarrod Uthoff To Camp Deal
Jarrod Uthoff participated with Sacramento's entry in NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas, averaging 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 17.3 minutes in four games.

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Jerry Stackhouse Expected To Be Named Head Coach Of Raptors 905
Jerry Stackhouse was an assistant coach under Dwane Casey this past season with the Raptors.

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