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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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Tags: Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Salaries Of GMs On Contending Teams Increasing

May 16, 2017 11:45 AM

Bob Myers and Masai Ujiri received contract extensions within the past season that pay more than $5 million per season.

The salaries of general managers are on the rise with contending teams.

David Griffin has yet to receive a serious contract extension offer from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Phil Jackson, Pat Riley and Danny Ainge also receive substantial salaries beyond the amounts being paid to Myers and Ujiri.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Masai Ujiri: Raptors Need A Culture Reset

May 9, 2017 1:12 PM

The Toronto Raptors will readdress the state of their team following their four-game sweep by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"After that performance [against the Cavaliers], we need a culture reset here," Masai Ujiri said at an end-of-season news conference Tuesday.

"We've tried what we've done so many times and it hasn't worked," he said. "We have to go a different direction, do something different. I don't know now what it is."

While Ujiri said changing all of the players isn't the answer, he feels they need to move the ball more on offense.

Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, PJ Tucker and Patrick Patterson will be free agents.

Ujiri said it's "not realistic" that the Raptors will be able to bring back all of their free agents.

Toronto does want to re-sign Lowry.

"We know what we have with him, with him at his best," Ujiri said. "The last couple months we saw without him, we didn't jell."

Ujiri said he's willing to do whatever it takes to improve the team.

"We're trying to be progressive thinkers here," he said. "This business is all about risk-taking, too. You have to put yourself on the line there. Honestly, I'm not afraid of that."

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Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Kyle Lowry Confirms He'll Opt Out, Expects Stressful Decision

May 8, 2017 2:45 PM

Kyle Lowry has confirmed he will opt out of the final season of his contract with the Toronto Raptors.

“I will be opting out and that’s as far as I’ve gotten,” Lowry said. “Honestly, that is as far as I’ve gotten. We lost yesterday. I still have to get my ankle healthy, get treatment, get to that point.”

Lowry missed the final two games of the season with a sprained left ankle.

Lowry expects the decision to be difficult. Lowry re-signed with the Raptors in 2014.

“It’s something I have been through before — this will be my third time — so it’s fun but it’s a little stressful too because you are making a decision on your family . . . a new franchise, an old franchise, it’s always something that you are changing and it is a stressful decision.”

Lowry will prioritize his chances of competing for a title.

“A ring. Nothing else. I just want a ring,” he said.

Lowry was asked if he believes he can do that with the Raptors.

“I think I can do that anywhere I play,” he said. “That’s just how confident I am.”


Doug Smith/Toronto Star

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

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Masai Ujiri: We're Trying To Keep Up With The Big Boys

May 8, 2017 2:31 PM

The Toronto Raptors will have another key offseason in 2017 with Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson and PJ Tucker becoming free agents.

Last offseason, the Raptors re-signed DeMar DeRozan to a five-year contract worth nearly the max.

"The summer is huge," Masai Ujiri said on Sunday to ESPN after the Raptors were eliminated. "But every summer is huge. We are trying to keep up with the big boys."

After taking the Cleveland Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2016, they were swept by them in the second round.

Beyond the questions of re-signing those free agents, the Raptors could like to trade some combination of Jonas Valanciunas, Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll.

The Raptors' decisions will likely pivot on what Lowry decides to do.

DeRozan wants Lowry back, but won't lobby him, he told ESPN on Sunday. "I didn't call or pressure him the first time, and he didn't do that to me," DeRozan said. "I'm just gonna be there for him as a friend."

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Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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DeMar DeRozan: Raptors Would Have Won Series If We Had LeBron Too

May 8, 2017 3:33 AM

DeMar DeRozan identified LeBron James as the difference between the Toronto Raptors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

"If we had LeBron on our team, too, we would have won," DeRozan said. "We could say that all day and all the time, but we didn't. It happened. We got swept. It's going to be one of those long summers for us."

James has represented the Eastern Conference in the Finals in every season since 2011.

"They're a well-oiled machine, playing on all cylinders right now," Dwane Casey said of the Cavs. "What did James shoot, 48 percent from 3 the whole series? When he's hitting the shot like that, they're very difficult to beat. You've got to match tit for tat to beat them."

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Raptors' Four-Game Exit Could Increase Odds Of Kyle Lowry Departure

May 8, 2017 2:29 AM

Kyle Lowry will be a free agent this offseason and the Toronto Raptors' four-game elimination in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers could increase his odds of leaving.

According to Marc Stein, there were "late-season rumbles that Kyle Lowry will give legit thought to a free-agent switch to the West."

The Raptors can offer Lowry a fifth guaranteed season on his contract while rival teams can offer four.

Lowry re-signed with the Raptors in free agency in 2014.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

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Kyle Lowry Doubtful For Game 4

May 6, 2017 2:43 PM

Kyle Lowry is doubtful for Game 4 with an ankle sprain as the Toronto Raptors are facing elimination by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lowry also didn't play in Game 3.

"I'm probably doubtful, honestly," Lowry said. "I don't think I'll be able to play. ... It's not looking great, but I'm not giving up on it."

Lowry was getting more treatment Saturday, adding that he's not "giving up hope" of being ready to attempt playing in Game 4.

Lowry will be a free agent this offseason.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Injury

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Magic Interested In John Hammond, Jeff Weltman, Kevin McHale

May 4, 2017 12:30 PM

While David Griffin remains the top target for the Orlando Magic, they also have interest in John Hammond, Jeff Weltman and Kevin McHale.

The Magic are searching for a new general manager after firing Rob Hennigan.

Hammond is currently general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Weltman is general manager of the Toronto Raptors, working under Masai Ujiri.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Raptors Considering Starting Norman Powell, Jakob Poeltl For Game 2

May 2, 2017 7:07 PM

Dwane Casey is giving serious consideration to starting Norman Powell and Jakob Poeltl in Game 2 at the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas. 

Powell has played very well throughout the playoffs for the Raptors, starting Games 4-6 against the Bucks.

“The league is changing,” said Casey at the Raptors practice Tuesday. “The league is changing. You have to change or you get stuck in the mud. It’s more of a scoring league now. You saw what San Antonio had done to them last night [in a 27-point loss to the Houston Rockets the Spurs gave up 22 threes on 50 attempts].

“We have to score points,” said Casey.

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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.

Steve Simmons/Toronto Sun

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.

Michael Grange/Sportsnet.ca

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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

ESPN

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.

RealGM Staff Report

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.

Lori Ewing/The Canadian Press

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

RealGM Staff Report

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

Marc Stein/ESPN

Thunder Sought Patterson, Powell, No. 9 From Raptors For Ibaka In June
The Thunder asked for Patrick Patterson, Norman Powell and the No. 9 overall pick that became Jakob Poeltl from the Raptors.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Raptors Acquire Serge Ibaka From Magic For Terrence Ross, 1st Rounder
The Raptors are finalizing a trade to acquire Serge Ibaka from the Magic.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Kyle Lowry: Something's Gotta Change, I'm Starting To Get Worried
Since starting the season 22-8, Toronto has been in a two-month funk.

William Lou/The Score

Raptors, Clippers Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari
There is a growing belief the Nuggets are prepared trade Danilo Gallinari before the deadline.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Magic Ramp Up Trade Talks On Serge Ibaka
The Magic are fielding calls from a handful of teams on Serge Ibaka after realizing re-signing him will be tougher than initially expected.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Kyle Lowry Trying Not To Worry About Free Agency Until Summer
Kyle 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.

Ohm Youngmisuk/ESPN

Kings, Raptors, Nuggets, 76ers Interested In Paul Millsap
The Kings are "very interested" in Paul Millsap as are a number of other teams.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Consitution

Dwane Casey, Mike D'Antoni Named Coaches Of The Month
Toronto finished December with a 10-4 record (second in the East).

RealGM Staff Report

Hawks Were Set To Trade Paul Millsap To Raptors If Al Horford Re-Signed
The Hawks have held trade talks involving Paul Millsap at last year's deadline and in the offseason.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN