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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week

Mar 27, 2017 4:33 PM

DeMar DeRozan and James Harden have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

DeRozan paced the league in scoring (33.3 ppg) and added 5.7 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals as the Raptors went 3-0 for the week, extending their winning streak to five and clinching a playoff berth for the fourth straight season.

Harden led the Rockets to a 3-0 record for the week, averaging 33.0 points, 13.3 assists, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.00 steals while shooting 48.5% from the floor.  He had at least 20 points and 10 assists in all three games for the week and has done so 46 times this season.

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Warriors Had Interest In Trading For Kyle Lowry In 2013

Mar 27, 2017 11:44 AM

The Golden State Warriors had interest in trading with the Toronto Raptors for Kyle Lowry in 2013.

During the early part of Masai Ujiri's tenure with the Raptors, he shopped Lowry to the New York Knicks and other teams. Lowry was set to be a free agent that offseason.

The Warriors were unwilling to include Festus Ezeli with a pick in their offer for Lowry.

Lowry went on to lead the Raptors to a playoff berth and has become one of their best players in franchise history.

Lowry conceivably could have given the Warriors a two-point guard backcourt with Stephen Curry. The great unknown is whether the Warriors would have been more willing to include Klay Thompson in their trade offer that offseason for Kevin Love if they had traded for and re-signed Lowry.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Festus Ezeli, Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez Each Suspended One Game

Mar 22, 2017 5:26 PM

Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation, it was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire has been fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and acting as other than a peacemaker as part of the same altercation.

The incident, for which Ibaka and Lopez were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game, occurred with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter of the Raptors’ 122-120 overtime win over the Bulls at Air Canada Centre on March 21.

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Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka Ejected After Exchanging Punches

Mar 21, 2017 11:16 PM

Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka were ejected from Tuesday's game after exchanging punches.

Ibaka snached a rebound away from Lopez and elbowed the back of Lopez. Lopez responded by swiping at the ball. Ibaka shoved Lopez and then Lopez threw a punch at Ibaka that missed. Ibaka then retaliated with a punch of his own that grazed Lopez's head.

Ibaka and Lopez continued to go at each other, which led to several other players and assistant coaches from each bench joining the fray.

The two players continued to lob harsh words at each other and were separated by teammates.


Tags: Serge Ibaka, Robin Lopez, Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Suspension

Pascal Siakam Named D-League Player Of The week

Mar 20, 2017 4:08 PM

Raptors 905 forward Pascal Siakam has been named NBA Development League Performer of the Week for games played Monday, March 13 through Sunday, March 19.

Siakam (6-9, New Mexico State), playing on assignment from the Toronto Raptors, led the 905 to a 3-0 week as the team clinched the Central Division title and the Eastern Conference’s No. 1 seed for the 2017 NBA D-League Playoffs. For the week, he averaged 18.0 points (on 56.4 percent shooting), 8.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots.

On March 13, Siakam scored a season-high 20 points and added nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks in a 116-87 win over the Austin Spurs. He then scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds in a 120-105 victory over the Long Island Nets on March 18. The next night, Siakam finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in a 117-99 win against Long Island.

In four games on assignment with the 905 this season, Siakam is averaging 17.3 points (on 50.9 percent shooting), 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 block. In 52 games (38 starts) with Toronto, Siakam is averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds.

Other top performers considered were Austin’s Orlando Johnson, Canton’s Eric Moreland, Delaware’s Russ Smith, Greensboro’s Damien Wilkins, Northern Arizona’s Xavier Silas, Raptors 905’s Brady Heslip, Reno’s Kendall Marshall, Rio Grande Valley’s Darius Morris, Santa Cruz’s Damian Jones, Texas’ Stephane Lasme and Jameel Warney and Westchester’s John Jenkins.

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Tags: Pascal Siakam, Toronto Raptors, Raptors 905, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

Raptors Hold Lengthy Meeting Following Blowout Loss To Thunder

Mar 17, 2017 11:12 AM

The Toronto Raptors held a lengthy postgame meeting following their 123-102 loss at home to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Dwane Casey didn't address the media until 38 minutes after the game ended compared to his typical 10-15 minutes.

"That exhibition of basketball was unacceptable," Casey said. "I want to apologize to our fans, everybody, for the way we played tonight. The effort, the competitive spirit wasn't there. That team came out and played like it was a championship game and we played like it was a middle of the season game.

"So I apologize."

"A lot of people talked a lot," P.J. Tucker said of the meeting. "It was a good conversation but enough talking. We've got 14 games left, it's time to put it into action, it's time guys go out and show that we care about each other and we want to do something special here. We have the team to do it.

"It was terrible. It was a terrible game. There's no two ways to put it, it was a terrible game."

Lori Ewing/The Canadian Press

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Kyle Lowry To Undergo Wrist Surgery

Feb 27, 2017 3:18 PM

Kyle Lowry will undergo surgery to remove loose bodies from his right wrist.

Lowry, who will be a free agent this offseason, hopes to return in time for the playoffs.

The Raptors have one of the NBA's best backup point guards in Cory Joseph.

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Raptors Debating Whether To Trade 1st Rounder For P.J. Tucker, Wilson Chandler

Feb 23, 2017 9:51 AM

The Toronto Raptors are considering whether to give up a first round pick in a trade for P.J. Tucker of the Phoenix Suns or Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets.

The Raptors would likely include Jared Sullinger as salary filler in any such deal.

Toronto already traded for Serge Ibaka but Tucker would give Dwane Casey a player capable of playing both the 3 and the 4.

Tucker, who began his career with the Raptors, will be a free agent in the offseason.

Chandler has a player option to become a free agent in 2018.

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Tags: P.J. Tucker, Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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.

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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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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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Jared Sullinger Approximately One Month Away From Return
Jared Sullinger has been recovering from the surgery on his left foot he underwent in training camp.

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DeMar DeRozan, James Harden Named Players Of The Week
DeMar 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.

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RealGM Radio: Eric Koreen On The Raptors
Host Danny Leroux and Eric Koreen of The Athletic Toronto go in-depth on the Raptors.

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Spurs, Warriors Tried To Trade Up In 2011 For Jonas Valanciunas
The Warriors and Spurs walked away from the 2011 NBA Draft with Klay Thompson and Kawhi Leonard.

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DeMar DeRozan Wants To Be Known As Greatest Raptor In Franchise History
DeMar DeRozan re-signed with the Raptors on a five-year, $145 million deal and is now setting his sights on becoming the best player in franchise history.

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

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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.

Chris O'Leary/Toronto Star

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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