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Jared Sullinger Out Indefinitely With Foot Injury

Oct 21, 2016 8:37 PM

Jared Sullinger could be out indefinitely with a foot injury.

Sullinger was projected to be the Toronto Raptors' starting power forward.

“Jared is still sore. He may be a little while before he comes back,” Dwane Casey said ahead of his team’s final preseason game against the Wizards.

“He may get checked out to see what else is going on, but he’s not going to go tonight.”

Sullinger had his left foot stepped on in the first preseason game and hasn’t played since.

“We’ll get it checked out and see what it is,” Casey said. “He worked out (Thursday). He’ll get it looked at and see what’s going on because he’s been sore for a while now.”

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Kyle Lowry Hopes To Quickly Re-Sign With Raptors On Five-Year Deal

Oct 6, 2016 2:32 PM

Kyle Lowry unsurprisingly plans to opt out of the final season of his current contract with the Toronto Raptors.

Lowry is scheduled to make just $12 million for the 17-18 season, making his opt out decision an easy one.

Lowry would become a free agent alongside Chris Paul and Stephen Curry. Lowry would prefer to re-sign with the Raptors on a five-year deal before taking meetings with other teams as DeMar DeRozan did this past offseason.

“If you’re that franchise’s guy, and you’re the guy that they’ve been rolling with, and you’ve given that franchise everything you have, yeah, I think [the talks] should be easy,” Lowry told The Vertical. “I think it should be a situation where a guy shouldn’t have to talk to another team. DeMar didn’t have the chance to talk to another team. …

“For me, I think that at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 – something should be close. If not, I’m open to seeing what else is out there.”

“Kyle has been at the forefront of the Raptor movement,” Masai Ujiri told The Vertical. “How he goes, we go. He has helped establish a culture that will grow even more. We really appreciate that. He is a winner, and we want to win.”

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Raptors Hire Patrick Mutombo As Assistant Coach

Sep 19, 2016 11:07 AM

The Toronto Raptors will hire Patrick Mutombo as an assistant coach.

Mutombo comes to the Raptors after a stint in the D-League with the Austin Spurs as an assistant coach.

The Raptors lost Andy Greer and Jesse Mermuys from their staff this offseason.


Mutombo comes to the Raptors after a stint in the D-League with the Austin Spurs as an assistant coach. 

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Brady Heslip To Sign Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors

Sep 15, 2016 3:50 PM

The Toronto Raptors will sign Brady Heslip to a partially guaranteed deal.

Raptors 905 acquired Heslip's D-League rights in a trade with the Reno Bighorns.

Heslip is a native of the Toronto area.

Heslip played in Italy last season.

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Jeff Weltman Promoted To Raptors' GM

Sep 2, 2016 3:57 PM

The Toronto Raptors have promoted Jeff Weltman to general manager.

Masai Ujiri will continue to oversee basketball operations as president of the club.  

Weltman joined the Raptors on July 2, 2013 as executive vice president, basketball operations following five seasons as assistant general manager with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The longtime NBA executive has also been director of basketball administration with the Detroit Pistons, assistant general manager with the Denver Nuggets and director of player personnel with the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Raptors Sign Masai Ujiri To Multi-Year Extension

Sep 2, 2016 3:55 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed President Masai Ujiri to a multi-year contract extension and promoted Jeff Weltman to general manager and Bobby Webster to assistant general manager/vice-president basketball strategy.

Ujiri will continue to oversee basketball operations as president of the club.

“I am grateful to the Board and Mr. Tanenbaum for the opportunity to continue our progress to build the Raptors into one of the top franchises in the NBA,” said Ujiri. “I’m also excited that Jeff and Bobby are being rewarded for their hard work and valuable contributions to our program.

“My family thanks the NBA, Raptors players and coaches, staff, Raptors fans, the city of Toronto and Canada for this opportunity. Toronto is home for us.”

In their three seasons with the Raptors, Ujiri, Weltman and Webster have helped to build a team that has won three consecutive Atlantic Division titles, advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals, posted three straight seasons with franchise-high victories, including 56 wins this past season, and compiled a 153-93 (.622) mark – the best record in the Eastern Conference in that span.

“The gratitude and respect we hold for Masai and our Raptors senior management team are reflected in our Board’s action to extend Masai’s contract,” said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of the Board. “We are excited to build on our team’s success and to give Masai our full support in delivering to our fans and to our country the Toronto Raptors’ first NBA championship.”

Ujiri was named president and general manager May 31, 2013.

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E.J. Singler Agrees To Sign With Raptors

Aug 24, 2016 3:32 PM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to terms with E.J. Singler.

Singler will be in training camp with the Raptors with a chance to compete for the 15th spot on the roster.

Singler has agreed to play for the Raptors 905 of the D-League if he clears waivers assuming he doesn't make their regular season roster.

“I have no idea what I’m gonna do. Gonna try to play as best I can in the Summer League and that’ll probably dictate where I go next year,” Singler told Raptors Republic in July. “That’s the hardest decision. There’s definitely pros and cons playing in the D-League, or there’s pros and cons playing overseas. Those are the things you’ve gotta weigh out with your family, yourself, and your agent. For me, personally, I’ve gotta give my best opportunity in the Summer League and things will work out for the best.”

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Raptors 905 Holding Open Tryout

Aug 15, 2016 1:38 PM

Raptors 905, the NBA Development League affiliate of the Toronto Raptors, announced Monday it will hold an open tryout for potential invitations to the team’s training camp in November. The tryout will be Saturday, September 10 starting at 9 a.m. at Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport on the west side of the University of Toronto’s St. George campus, 100 Devonshire Place.

Players interested in participating in the open tryout can register online at

Participants that register and submit payment before September 5, 2016 will have access to early bird pricing of $225 plus applicable taxes. After September 5, 2016 and on the day of the tryout, the full registration fee of $275 plus applicable taxes will be applied.

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Masai Ujiri, Raptors Close To Long-Term Extension

Aug 12, 2016 10:43 AM

Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors are engaged in advanced discussions on a contract extension.

Ujiri has two seasons remaining on his five-year, $15 million deal signed in May of 2013.

Ujiri won NBA Executive of the Year honors in 2012-13 with Denver in his final season with the Nuggets, then joined the Raptors and has been steadily building them into a contender.

The Raptors reached the Eastern Conference Finals this past season.

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Raptors Sign Drew Crawford, Yanick Moreira

Aug 11, 2016 2:19 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed free agent guard Drew Crawford and center Yanick Moreira.

Crawford, 6-foot-5, 215 pounds, recently participated with Toronto’s entry in NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas, averaging 8.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 18.0 minutes in five games. He shot .500 (14-for-28) from the field and .750 (9-for-12) at the free throw line.

Crawford spent last season in Israel with Bnei Hertzeliyya, averaging 15.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 31.7 minutes in 34 games. In 2014-15, he appeared in 50 games (all starts) with the D-League’s Erie BayHawks. He averaged 16.0 points, 6.1 rebounds and 33.7 minutes.

Crawford is the son of NBA referee Danny Crawford.

Moreira, 6-foot-11, 220 pounds, saw action in five games with Toronto’s entry in NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas, averaging 2.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 13.8 minutes.

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of CLNS Radio and CelticsBlog go in-depth on the Atlantic Division.

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DeMar DeRozan To 'Play Like He's Still Playing For Contract'
DeMar DeRozan will have a 66 percent increase in salary this season with his new deal with the Raptors.

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Raptors Expected To Have Interest In Serge Ibaka In 2017
Serge Ibaka would fit a need for the Raptors at power forward with his ability to protect the rim on defense and stretch the floor on offense.

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Raptors Sign Jarrod Uthoff To Camp Deal
Jarrod Uthoff participated with Sacramento's entry in NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas, averaging 4.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 17.3 minutes in four games.

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Jerry Stackhouse Expected To Be Named Head Coach Of Raptors 905
Jerry Stackhouse was an assistant coach under Dwane Casey this past season with the Raptors.

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Delon Wright Undergoes Shoulder Surgery, Out Four Months
X-rays taken initially were negative for a fracture and his dislocated shoulder was put back in place.

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Jarrod Uthoff Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
Jarrod Uthoff went undrafted out of Iowa.

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Raptors Sign Fred VanVleet To Multi-Year Deal
Fred VanVleet participated with the Raptors' entry in NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas, averaging 6.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 16.0 minutes in five games.

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Jared Sullinger Agrees To One-Year, $6M Deal With Raptors
The Celtics had pulled back their qualifying offer to make Jared Sullinger an unrestricted free agent.

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James Johnson, Heat Agree Upon One-Year, $4M Deal
James Johnson spent the past two seasons with the Raptors, averaging 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.2 minutes per game last season.

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Pau Gasol Receiving Offers In $18M-$22M Per Year Range
Pau Gasol has received interest from the Raptors, Blazers, Bulls, Timberwolves and Spurs amongst others.

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Raptors, Wolves, Blazers, Spurs Interested In Pau Gasol
Pau Gasol could elect to wait until after Kevin Durant makes his free agent decision before moving forward with his own choice.

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Bismack Biyombo Agrees To Four-Year, $72M Deal With Magic
The Magic have agreed upon a four-year deal with Bismack Biyombo.

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DeMar DeRozan Agrees To Five-Year, $139M Deal With Raptors
The deal does not include a player option for DeMar DeRozan.

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DeMar DeRozan's New Contract With Raptors Expected To Average $29M Per Season
DeMar DeRozan has been the Raptors' top priority this offseason.

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DeMar DeRozan To Meet With Raptors In Los Angeles On July 1st
DeMar DeRozan could meet with the Heat, Mavericks, 76ers and Lakers if he's unable to agree upon terms with the Raptors.

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Raptors Extend Qualifying Offer To Nando De Colo
Nando De Colo played for CSKA last season and won Euroleague MVP.

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Raptors Have Approached 76ers On Trade For Nerlens Noel
The Raptors feel Nerlens Noel could fill the backup center role that Bismack Biyombo played.

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Bismack Biyombo Will Be Patient With Raptors In Free Agency
Bismack Biyombo would like to re-sign with the Raptors in free agency.

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Lakers, Warriors, Heat, Knicks, Magic, Clippers Interested In DeMar DeRozan
DeMar DeRozan would prefer to re-sign with the Raptors in free agency, but he'll have a number of other opportunities available should they be unable to quickly agree upon a contract.

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