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

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

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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

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.

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

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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.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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

Marc Stein/ESPN

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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.

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