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Stephen A. Smith: DeMar DeRozan Leaving Raptors For L.A. In Offseason

Apr 18, 2016 11:55 AM

DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent this offseason coming off a career year with the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan was the ninth overall pick in 2009 out of USC.

"He's enjoying his last days in Toronto because he'll leaving for Los Angeles in a few months anyways," said Smith of DeRozan.

While Smith doesn't specify which team from Los Angeles he predicts will sign DeRozan, it is presumably the Los Angeles Lakers given their needs on the wing and available cap space.

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Norman Powell, Karl-Anthony Towns Win Rookies Of The Month For April

Apr 15, 2016 3:33 PM

Norman Powell and Karl-Anthony Towns have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for April.

In April, Powell averaged 15.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 31.6 minutes in eight games (all starts). He shot .548 (40-73) from the field and paced the team in scoring four times. He led all Eastern Conference rookies in average points and three-point makes (1.9) and tied for second in steals (1.4).

The Raptors acquired Powell in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks on June 25, 2015, along with a future first-round draft pick in exchange for guard Greivis Vasquez. Powell was selected by Milwaukee in the second round (46th overall) in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Towns led all qualified rookies in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (11.7 rpg), blocked shots (1.71 bpg) and minutes played (35.6 mpg), while ranking fifth in field goal percentage (49.1%) and assists (3.6 apg) in April.

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Masai Ujiri Wants Dwane Casey Back Next Season Regardless Of Playoff Success

Apr 13, 2016 2:05 PM

Masai Ujiri gave Dwane Casey a public statement of support as head coach of the Toronto Raptors ahead of the playoffs.

Ujiri would like Casey to continue as head coach of the Raptors even if they don't get past the first round. The Raptors were eliminated in the first round in 2014 by the Nets and in 2015 by the Wizards.

"He's been phenomenal, I think, whether it's reading games or adjustments and just growth overall as a coach," Ujiri said. "To be honest, everybody makes such a big deal about it, like, OK, if we don't go past the first round, what's going to happen? Coach Casey deserves to be the coach, that's 100 percent and I stand by that.

"He deserves to be our coach in the future because he's put in the work to bring winning to our program. Players have responded well and it's translated a little bit. We hope that it translates to the playoffs and Im very hopeful that it will because he's a defensive-minded coach. I think he's been tremendous for us."

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Knicks Interested In Masai Ujiri If Phil Jackson Leaves

Apr 5, 2016 11:16 PM

The decision on who becomes the next head coach of the New York Knicks could become a power struggle between Phil Jackson and James Dolan.

If Dolan makes a change at the top of the Knicks' organization, Masai Ujiri is believed to be a potential successor. Ujiri worked on the Carmelo Anthony trade when he worked for the Denver Nuggets and communicated directly with Dolan.

Ujiri also traded Andrea Bargnani to the Knicks and nearly also agreed upon a trade involving Kyle Lowry.

Ujiri was originally brought to Toronto by Tim Leiweke, former CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE). Leiweke has since left Toronto and has started a business with Dolan’s business acquaintance Irving Azoff, who was influential in bringing Jackson to the Knicks. 

Ujiri is under contract for two more years so even if he wanted to leave Toronto there is no guarantee the Raptors would let him out of his deal.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Hoping Draining Elbow Will Heal Kyle Lowry

Mar 29, 2016 7:07 PM

The Toronto Raptors are concerned with the lingering elbow injury of Kyle Lowry.

Lowry initially hurt his elbow when the Raptors were in London.

Lowry shot around 85% from the line over the first few months of the season, 78% in February, but has hit at just a 70% clip in March, including just 50% over the past three games since he hurt his elbow again.

Lowry got the elbow drained on Monday and they're not sure if rest will help it.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

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DeMarre Carroll May Only Return If Raptors Make Deep Playoff Run

Mar 29, 2016 7:03 PM

The status of DeMarre Carroll is in doubt for the Toronto Raptors.

Carroll was close to a return a few weeks ago with his next step being clearance for contact.

Carroll was then in Atlanta tending to personal matters but he's returned now.

The Raptors believe Carroll will need more time and only a deep playoff run would ensure he returns this season.

The plantar fasciitis that Carroll had earlier this season made him compensate a bit and led to the knee trouble that led to surgery.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

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Kyle Lowry, Kevin Durant Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Mar 21, 2016 2:51 PM

Kyle Lowry has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played March 14-20.

Lowry earns the honor for the fourth time as a member of the Raptors and the fifth time in his career. Lowry ranked fourth in East scoring last week averaging 27.2 points and led the NBA in fourth quarter scoring at 10.8 points. He also posted 6.8 assists, 6.4 rebounds, 2.2 steals and shot .471 (16-for-34) from three-point range while helping Toronto post a 4-1 record.

Lowry recorded double-doubles on consecutive nights March 14 vs. Chicago (33 points, 11 rebounds) and March 15 at Milwaukee (25 points, 11 assists) to start the week. He followed up by scoring eight of the team’s 16 points in overtime March 17 at Indiana and then 13 of his game-high 32 points in the fourth quarter March 18 versus Boston.

Kevin Durant won the award for the Western Conference.

Durant led the Thunder to a 4-0 week behind averages of 26.8 points (tied for first in the Western Conference), 9.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists.  

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DeAndre Daniels Cleared To Player After Breaking Foot In July

Mar 12, 2016 9:21 PM

DeAndre Daniels has been cleared to play. 

Daniels suffered a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot as a member of the Raptors' entry in the 2015 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July.

Last season, Daniels appeared in 30 games with the Perth Wildcats of the National Basketball League (Australia), where he averaged 14.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 30.7 minutes. He was the Raptors’ second-round pick (37th overall) in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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DeMarre Carroll Visiting Surgeon For Clearance

Mar 10, 2016 3:19 PM

DeMarre Carroll is in New York City on Thursday to receive clearance from the doctor that performed his right knee surgery.

Carroll could soon return to a full practice participant with the Toronto Raptors.

Carroll underwent the surgery in early January.

Carroll has averaged 11.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 31.9 minutes in 23 games. 

Josh Lewenberg/TSN

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Feb 29, 2016 3:03 PM

Stephen Curry and Kyle Lowry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week. 

Curry had point totals of 36, 42, 51 and 46 last week for the Golden State Warriors, including a 12-for-16 three-point shooting game against the Thunder.

Lowry led the conference in scoring last week averaging 28.7 points, while shooting 28-for-47 (.596) from the field and 7-for-17 (.412) from three-point range. He also ranked second in the conference averaging 8.7 assists in three games for the Raptors.

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Raptors To Waive Anthony Bennett, Sign Jason Thompson
The Raptors will waive Anthony Bennett to sign Jason Thompson for the remainder of the season.

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Rockets Approached Raptors On Dwight Howard For Jonas Valanciunas
Jonas Valanciunas signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Raptors in August.

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Raptors Stood Pat At Deadline Not Wanting To Disturb Team Chemistry
The Raptors were never involved on Markieff Morris as they were concerned about disrupting their team chemistry.

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Suns Won't Trade P.J. Tucker
P.J. Tucker received trade interest from the Raptors amongst other teams.

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Raptors Haven't Asked For Relief For Canadian Dollar
Adam Silver was asked if there were any plans to make a deal with the Raptors due to the drop in the Canadian dollar.

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Kyle Lowry Thought December 2013 Trade To Knicks Was Done
The Knicks killed the Kyle Lowry deal at the request of James Dolan.

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Chris Bosh Withdraws From ASG, Al Horford Chosen As Replacement
Al Horford will replace Chris Bosh on the Eastern Conference team.

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Raptors Have Held Talks On Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young
The Raptors own the Knicks' first round pick in addition to their own, which can be used in a trade.

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DeMar DeRozan Feels At Home With Raptors
DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent for the first time in his career but he says it will be "pretty tough" for a team to sign him away from the Raptors.

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Raptors Interested In Trading For P.J. Tucker, Markieff Morris
The Suns are likely to see a quality draft pick for P.J. Tucker.

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Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Kevin Durant Named January's Players Of The Month
Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have been named co-winners of the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award, while Kevin Durant received the honor in the Western Conference.

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Kyle Lowry Injures Wrist, X-Rays Negative
Kyle Lowry suffered the injury with three minutes remaining in the game and the Raptors were up by 17 points.

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Raptors Would Like To Deal Future Pick For Immediate Player
The Raptors would like to upgrade at power forward or some help on the wing.

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Kyle Lowry: It's Not Cool To Lose In First Round Anymore
Toronto is eager to prove their guard-heavy style of basketball can win in the postseason.

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Lakers To Offer DeMar DeRozan Max Contract
The Lakers are prepared to offer DeMar DeRozan a max contract in the offseason starting at $25 million per season.

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DeMar DeRozan Wants To Re-Sign With Raptors
While DeMar DeRozan will almost certainly become a free agent, he maintains his preference is to re-sign with the Raptors.

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DeMar DeRozan To Opt Out, Feels Loyal To Raptors
DeMar DeRozan plans to opt out of his $10 million contract next season with the Raptors.

Brian Lewis/New York Post

DeMarre Carroll Undergoes Surgery On Right Knee
DeMarre Carroll had missed the previous game with a swollen right knee.

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Raptors 905 Acquire DeAndre Daniels, Greg Smith
Greg Smith was claimed off waivers by Raptors 905.

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Raptors 905 Waive Nick Wiggins; Walter Pitchford Retires
Nick Wiggins appeared in 10 games this season, averaging 4.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 10.1 minutes.

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