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DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook Win Player Of The Month For April

Apr 17, 2015 7:08 PM

DeMar DeRozan and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for April.

DeRozan had a PER of 24.1 in April, while Westbrook's 28.3 ranked sixth in the Western Conference.

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Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook, Toronto Raptors, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Award

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups

Apr 15, 2015 11:30 PM

The following are the matchups for the first round of the 2015 NBA Playoffs.

Western Conference
1. Golden State Warriors vs. 8. New Orleans Pelicans
2. Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks
3. Los Angeles Clippers vs. 6. San Antonio Spurs
4. Portland Trailblazers vs. 5. Memphis Grizzlies

Eastern Conference
1. Atlanta Hawks vs. 8. Brooklyn Nets
2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. 7. Boston Celtics
3. Chicago Bulls vs. 6. Milwaukee Bucks
4. Toronto Raptors vs. Washington Wizards

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Andrew Wiggins Plans To Remain With Wolves For 'Very, Very, Very Long Time'

Mar 19, 2015 1:30 AM

Andrew Wiggins has already been mentioned as a potential addition for the Toronto Raptors due to the franchise being his home team.

However, Wiggins expects to remain with the Minnesota Timberwolves long term.

“I love Minnesota,” Wiggins said. “They treat me nice up there. I plan to be there a very, very, very long time.”

To earn free agency, Wiggins would, theoretically, have to turn down a large contract extension from Minnesota following the 2016-17 season and eschew the restricted free agency process.

Eric Koreen/National Post

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Assign Lucas Nogueira To D-League

Mar 12, 2015 12:50 PM

The Toronto Raptors have assigned Lucas Nogueira to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

Nogueira will continue to be included on the Raptors’ roster and will remain on the team’s inactive list. He is expected to be in uniform for the Mad Ants on Saturday when they play host to the Delaware 87ers at 7:30 p.m.

Nogueira made his NBA debut November 21 versus Milwaukee and grabbed a season-high five rebounds in nine minutes of action. He has played a total of 23 minutes in six games with Toronto this season, recording six points and 11 rebounds.

A native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nogueira was selected 16th overall by Boston in the 2013 NBA Draft.

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Tags: Lucas Nogueira, Toronto Raptors, Fort Wayne Mad Ants, NBA, NBA Misc Official Transaction, D-League, D-League Transaction, D-League Teams

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Lou Williams Has Already Tried For Extension, Wants To Re-Sign With Raptors

Mar 10, 2015 3:45 PM

Lou Williams has thrived this season as a bench scorer for the Toronto Raptors.

Williams would like to re-sign with the club as he hits the open market this summer.

"I already tried to get them to go do it -- get an extension. But at this point in my career, I want to play somewhere where the fans appreciate you, your team is serious about winning and create something special. And these guys are bulldogs. They love competing. We have that us against the world mentality where nobody respects us because we're in Canada. We have an identity, and I love it.

"It's perfect for my personality. I've always been the underdog, I've always been overlooked. I've always been the guy where it was like we'll see what he does and then we'll check on Lou. That's been my career."

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Tags: Lou Williams, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Masai Ujiri Promises To Have Canadian On Roster, Hints At Andrew Wiggins

Mar 10, 2015 11:38 AM

Masai Ujiri hinted strongly in an interview that the player he most covets for the Toronto Raptors is Andrew Wiggins.

Ujiri also promised that there will be a Canadian on the Raptors' roster at some point in his tenure.

“There is no doubt in my mind. . .during my time, even if my time is short, there will be a Canada playing for the Toronto Raptors, 100 per cent. I have no doubt in my mind, it’s something we think about every day, it’s something we study . . . the guys in the NBA, the ones outside the NBA, the younger kids, the kids in college, the kids playing overseas. We’re just waiting for that one to come.”

Jamaal Magloire is the only Canadian to have ever played for the Raptors.

Ujiri said he planned to hire a scout to concentrate on Canadian players “because the growth of the game here is so big.”

Ujiri was asked if there was one player he would love to see on the Raptors other than LeBron James.

“We all know who he is, I’m not even going to say his name,” Ujiri said, drawing cheers from the crowd.

In case there was any doubt, he added: “He might be Canadian.”

Lori Ewing/Canadian Press

Tags: Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee

Mar 5, 2015 3:38 PM

The Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Toronto Raptors, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls have registered interest in JaVale McGee.

McGee and the Boston Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

McGee is a talented two-way center that has struggled staying healthy and with maturity issues.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: JaVale McGee, Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyle Lowry Could Miss Several Games To Heal Nagging Injuries

Mar 2, 2015 12:42 PM

Kyle Lowry will sit out a second consecutive game on Monday and it could extend multiple games.

Lowry is dealing with a few nagging injury issues.

Lowry's production has fallen off lately following his outstanding start to the season that led to him becoming an All-Star starter.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

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

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Raptors Expect To Keep Terrence Ross Through Deadline

Feb 18, 2015 12:32 PM

Masai Ujiri anticipates the Toronto Raptors keeping Terrence Ross through the deadline.

“I would be shocked if we did something with Terrence,” Ujiri said Tuesday night. “Trust me. I can’t tell you more how I totally don’t think that would happen before Thursday.”

 

Ross has been mentioned in trade rumors involving the Raptors.

Ross was removed from the Raptors' starting lineup on Jan. 19.

“How many guys on our team can raise up and make a shot with someone in their face, like Terrence? They aren’t many in the league,” said Ujiri. “He’s had lapses on defence but that’s something you grow out of with experience. He is really a two-way player; he has ability to stay in front of guys, he can hit a shot; he’s athletic as hell and he can hit threes. Every team is looking for players like that.

“We’re trying to get those kinds of players. We’re trying to develop Bruno [Caboclo] to be a defender, a three-point shooter and athletic and look how long it’s going to take to get him to be half of what Terrence is?”

Michael Grange/Sportsnet.ca

Tags: Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Reassign Bruno Caboclo To Mad Ants

Feb 18, 2015 11:52 AM

The Toronto Raptors have reassigned Bruno Caboclo to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate.

The assignment is the 152nd of the 2014-15 campaign and Caboclo is one of 50 NBA players to have been assigned to the NBA D-League this season.

Caboclo has appeared in four games with the Raptors this season, as well as three D-League games.

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Raptors Listening To Trade Offers For Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross has been coming off the bench for the Raptors since mid-January.

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Warriors, Hawks, Blazers In Top-10 On Both Offense, Defense
Fourteen other teams are in the top-10 in either offensive or defensive efficiency.

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DeMar DeRozan Fined $15K For Excessive Contact With Bogdanovic
DeMar DeRozan was fined $15,000 for making excessive contact with Bogdan Bogdanovic.

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Butler, Lowry, Wall, Knight, MCW, I. Thomas To Participate In Skills Challenge
Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are each first-time All-Stars.

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Raptors Won't Trade Terrence Ross
Terrence Ross is not currently starting for the Raptors.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Raptors, Bulls Among Teams Interested In D.J. Kennedy
The Raptors and Bulls are among four NBA teams that have shown an interest in D.J. Kennedy, sources told RealGM.

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters
Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion
There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

Kurt Badenhausen/Forbes

Casey: Raptors' Offense Works With Long 2's Due To High Foul Rate
The Raptors rank 29th in assist rate and 27th in passes per game with only the Lakers attempting more pull-up jumpers.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Ujiri Could Make Trade But Won't Compromise Long-Term Growth
The Raptors have an extra future first round pick from the trade with the Knicks that they can flip to acquire an established player to improve their title chances this season.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Kyle Lowry, James Harden Named NBA Players Of December
Kyle Lowry and James Harden have been named the NBA Players of the Month for December.

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Raptors Fall Into Bottom-10 On Defense
The Raptors have struggled defensively since Thanksgiving, ranking 27th in points allowed per 100 possessions in games played since then.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

DeMar DeRozan Expected To Return From Injury On Thursday
The Raptors are 13-3 this season with DeMar DeRozan in the lineup.

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Bruno Caboclo Recalled By Raptors From D-League
Bruno Caboclo played just three games for the Mad Ants this season, where he averaged 4.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in his 13 minutes of action.

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Chris Paul Impressed With Lowry, How Free Raptors Play
Kyle Lowry had 25 points and seven assists in the Raptors' win over Chris Paul and the Clippers.

Mike Ganter/Toronto Sun

Raptors Assign Bruno Caboclo To D-League
Bruno Caboclo will continue to be included on the Raptors’ roster and will remain on the team’s inactive list.

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Raptors May Have Revealed New Logo (Picture)
The Raptors may have given a sneak peek of their new logo in a 30-second "We The North" ad that was released on Friday.

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Raptors Could Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency
The Raptors had been expected to wait until 2016 to pursue Kevin Durant, but are increasingly intrigued by Marc Gasol.

Cathal Kelly/The Globe and Mail

Raptors Unlikely To Use Final $4.6M TPE From Rudy Gay Deal
The Raptors used exceptions from the Rudy Gay deal in two other trades.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Masai Ujiri: Raptors At Letting-Players-Grow Stage
The Raptors have six players on expiring contracts worth a total of $30 million with only Amir Johnson and Lou Williams being defined as core assets in that group.

Michael Grange/Sportsnet.ca