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Thunder Sought Patterson, Powell, No. 9 From Raptors For Ibaka In June

Feb 14, 2017 7:12 PM

The Toronto Raptors held trade talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder on Serge Ibaka last June before he was dealt to the Orlando Magic.

The Thunder asked for Patrick Patterson, Norman Powell and the No. 9 overall pick that became Jakob Poeltl from the Raptors. Oklahoma City instead traded Ibaka to the Magic for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and the pick that became Domantas Sabonis.

Toronto acquired Ibaka on Tuesday from the Magic for Terrence Ross and a late first round pick in this year's draft.

Masai Ujiri has long been interested in acquiring Ibaka.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Acquire Serge Ibaka From Magic For Terrence Ross, 1st Rounder

Feb 14, 2017 11:11 AM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to acquire Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic for Terrence Ross and a 2017 first round pick.

The Magic acquired Ibaka from the Oklahoma City Thunder in the offseason for Victor Oladipo, Ersan Ilyasova and Domantas Sabonis. Orlando never coalesced into a playoff contender as they expected.

Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Toronto intends to re-sign Ibaka and not simply make him a rental for their playoff push this season. Masai Ujiri has long had interest in acquiring Ibaka.

Ross signed an extension with the Raptors worth $33 million over three years in 2015. Ross is due $10.5 million in 17-18 and 18-19 before becoming an unrestricted free agent.

The Raptors own two first round picks in this year's draft and will send the lesser in value of the two between their own and the Clippers.

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Tags: Serge Ibaka, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyle Lowry: Something's Gotta Change, I'm Starting To Get Worried

Feb 13, 2017 2:12 PM

Kyle Lowry was critical of the Toronto Raptors' play after losing their 13th game over their last 23.

Toronto blew a 16-point fourth quarter lead to the Detroit Pistons.

"(We're) being put in the same situations over and over and we're not being successful. Something's gotta give, something gotta change," Lowry said.

"I have an idea but I'll keep my mouth shut, keep it very professional."

Since starting the season 22-8, Toronto has been in a two-month funk.

"I'm starting to get worried. Yeah. It's not going the way it's supposed to be going and things aren't changing so yeah, I'm starting to get worried," he said.

Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Raptors, Clippers Interested In Trading For Danilo Gallinari

Feb 12, 2017 6:33 PM

There is a growing belief the Denver Nuggets are prepared trade Danilo Gallinari before the deadline.

Gallinari will bypass the final season of his current contract to become a free agent.

The Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers are among the teams monitoring Gallinari's availability. 

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Tags: Danilo Gallinari, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Magic Ramp Up Trade Talks On Serge Ibaka

Feb 12, 2017 6:00 PM

Serge Ibaka could be traded by the Orlando Magic before this month's deadline.

Ibaka will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

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

The Toronto Raptors and Miami Heat are among the teams that have expressed interest in Ibaka.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Serge Ibaka, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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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

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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

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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.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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

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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

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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
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Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas
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DeMar DeRozan Wants To Be Known As Greatest Raptor In Franchise History
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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named NBA Players Of The Week
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Masai Ujiri Thanks Trump 'For Making Toronto An Unbelievable Destination'
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Raptors Interested In Nerlens Noel
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DeMar DeRozan: I'm Like A Tesla
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Tristan Thompson Wasn't Surprised By Being Drafted Ahead Of Valanciunas
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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
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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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E.J. Singler Agrees To Sign With Raptors
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Raptors 905 Holding Open Tryout
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Masai Ujiri, Raptors Close To Long-Term Extension
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