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