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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

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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'

Nov 10, 2016 3:49 PM

Masai Ujiri responded to the United States' election results in which Donald Trump is the president-elect.

"I want to thank Donald Trump for making Toronto an unbelievable destination," said Ujiri.

"This country (Canada) has an obligation to show the world how peaceful and friendly we are," Ujiri continued.

The Raptors have re-signed both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan in free agency in recent seasons and also signed DeMarre Carroll from the Atlanta Hawks in 2015.

Ujiri became general manager of the Raptors in 2013 after several seasons with the Denver Nuggets.

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Raptors Interested In Nerlens Noel

Nov 4, 2016 3:51 PM

The Toronto Raptors have expressed interest in Nerlens Noel.

Noel will be a restricted free agent in the 2017 offseason and is part of the Philadelphia 76ers' logjam at center.

Jared Sullinger is out indefinitely for the Raptors due to a foot injury and they're currently starting Pascal Siakam at power forward. Toronto lost Bismack Biyombo in free agency and Noel could offer the Raptors some of the same elements.

Noel underwent what was described by the 76ers as an elective surgery on his left knee. Noel's return date has not yet been determined.

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Tags: Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia Sixers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMar DeRozan: I'm Like A Tesla

Nov 4, 2016 11:56 AM

DeMar DeRozan leads the NBA in scoring at 36.3 points per game through four games.

DeRozan was asked if he gets tired after taking more than 20 shots per game.

"No, not at all," said DeRozan.

Last week, DeRozan referenced "running out of gas" and "looking for the gas station" after the Toronto Raptors opening night win.

DeRozan was asked about that gas station reference as he continues his scoring surge.

"No, I'm like a Tesla," said DeRozan.

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Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Tristan Thompson Wasn't Surprised By Being Drafted Ahead Of Valanciunas

Oct 27, 2016 8:58 PM

Tristan Thompson was considered by some to be a surprise pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 4 selection in 2011 ahead of Jonas Valanciunas. 

Valanciunas didn't come to the NBA until the 12-13 season.

"It's only a surprise if you didn't watch the workouts," Thompson said following Thursday's practice before heading to Toronto. "If you ask ownership and coach (Byron) Scott and CG (Former GM Chris Grant) and even Griff (General Manager David Griffin), if you watched the workouts, there's some other guys in that workout that probably shouldn't have went in the pick they went, but, we won't get into that. It was not a surprise."

Thompson and Valanciunas will always be linked by their draft class.

"In the draft you always have a special bond and connection, especially if you have one that goes right after you, so it's kind of always, I guess everybody thinks you're competing," Thompson said. "But me and him both have a good relationship off the court, so we just push each other and try to get the best."

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Tags: Tristan Thompson, Jonas Valanciunas, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Jared Sullinger To Undergo Foot Surgery, Out 2-3 Months

Oct 23, 2016 8:37 PM

Jared Sullinger will undergo surgery on his left foot and will miss at least the first few weeks of the season.

The surgery on Sullinger will be performed on Monday in New York.

Sullinger signed a one-year, $6 million free-agent deal with the Toronto Raptors in July.

Sullinger averaged 11.1 points and 7.7 rebounds over four seasons with the Boston Celtics.

Masai Ujiri said on Monday that Sullinger will likely miss two to three months.

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

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Jared Sullinger Out Indefinitely With Foot Injury

Oct 21, 2016 8:37 PM

Jared Sullinger could be out indefinitely with a foot injury.

Sullinger was projected to be the Toronto Raptors' starting power forward.

“Jared is still sore. He may be a little while before he comes back,” Dwane Casey said ahead of his team’s final preseason game against the Wizards.

“He may get checked out to see what else is going on, but he’s not going to go tonight.”

Sullinger had his left foot stepped on in the first preseason game and hasn’t played since.

“We’ll get it checked out and see what it is,” Casey said. “He worked out (Thursday). He’ll get it looked at and see what’s going on because he’s been sore for a while now.”

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

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Kyle Lowry Hopes To Quickly Re-Sign With Raptors On Five-Year Deal

Oct 6, 2016 2:32 PM

Kyle Lowry unsurprisingly plans to opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Toronto Raptors.

Lowry is scheduled to make just $12 million for the 17-18 season, making his opt out decision an easy one.

Lowry would become a free agent alongside Chris Paul and Stephen Curry. Lowry would prefer to re-sign with the Raptors on a five-year deal before taking meetings with other teams as DeMar DeRozan did this past offseason.

“If you’re that franchise’s guy, and you’re the guy that they’ve been rolling with, and you’ve given that franchise everything you have, yeah, I think [the talks] should be easy,” Lowry told The Vertical. “I think it should be a situation where a guy shouldn’t have to talk to another team. DeMar didn’t have the chance to talk to another team. …

“For me, I think that at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 – something should be close. If not, I’m open to seeing what else is out there.”

“Kyle has been at the forefront of the Raptor movement,” Masai Ujiri told The Vertical. “How he goes, we go. He has helped establish a culture that will grow even more. We really appreciate that. He is a winner, and we want to win.”

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

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Raptors Hire Patrick Mutombo As Assistant Coach
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Brady Heslip To Sign Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
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Jeff Weltman Promoted To Raptors' GM
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Raptors 905 Holding Open Tryout
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Raptors Sign Drew Crawford, Yanick Moreira
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DeMar DeRozan To 'Play Like He's Still Playing For Contract'
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Raptors Expected To Have Interest In Serge Ibaka In 2017
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Raptors Sign Jarrod Uthoff To Camp Deal
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Jerry Stackhouse Expected To Be Named Head Coach Of Raptors 905
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Delon Wright Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, Out Four Months
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Jarrod Uthoff Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
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Raptors Sign Fred VanVleet To Multi-Year Deal
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Jared Sullinger Agrees To One-Year, $6M Deal With Raptors
The Celtics had pulled back their qualifying offer to make Jared Sullinger an unrestricted free agent.

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James Johnson, Heat Agree Upon One-Year, $4M Deal
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Pau Gasol Receiving Offers In $18M-$22M Per Year Range
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