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RealGM Radio: On The Atlantic Division With Kharpertian, Weiss

In this episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) focuses on the Atlantic Division with Devin Kharpertian of The Brooklyn Game (@uuords) and Jared Weiss of CLSN Radio and CelticsBlog (@CLNS_JaredWeiss). 

The three work through an eventful off-season in terms of players and coaches alike from the Jason Kidd fiasco to the major New York / Dallas trade that brought Jose Calderon to the Knicks.

In addition, they also preview the upcoming season including ranking the teams in the division 1-5 and predicting how many of them will make the playoffs.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Grunwald: Raptors Never Had Serious Discussions With Mavs On Carter For Nash

Glen Grunwald denied comments from John Shannon, a former MLSE TV executive who claimed that the Dallas Mavericks offered Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash to the Toronto Raptors for Vince Carter and Antonio Davis over a decade ago.

"I don’t think that’s true, if my memory serves me correctly," said Grunwald. "One of my last obligations before I got the axe was to explore a Nash-for-Carter trade, but no, we were never, as far as I know, offered those guys. It was a difficult time for Vince Carter, obviously receiving criticism from the media in particular — because he did suffer from some real injuries, but he had some bad judgment in terms of attending concerts and such when he was on the injured list. It was time to look at exploring a trade, but the nearest I can recall, the Mavericks never offered Nowitzki and we never had any real conversations with them about Steve Nash. I don’t think (Shannon’s statement) is accurate, but maybe John has a better memory than I do."

Grunwald was soon fired by the Raptors and replaced by Rob Babcock, who traded Carter to the New Jersey Nets.

Via Raptors HQ

Greg Stiemsma To Sign One-Year, $1M Deal With Raptors

Greg Stiemsma will sign a one-year, $1 million deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Stiemsma most recently played for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lucas Nogueira Works Out With Hakeem Olajuwon

Lucas Nogueira recently worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon, joining a long line of NBA big men to utlize the Hall of Fame center for workout sessions.

"Grande oportunidade de aprender com Hakeem essa semana

Via RealGM Staff Report

Tim Leiweke Leaving MLSE By June 30

Tim Leiweke will step down as CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment on June 30, 2015 or earlier if a successor is found.

“Under Tim’s leadership, MLSE has made a number of key moves to strengthen our organization on the path to championship success,” Larry Tanenbaum, chairman of MLSE, said in a statement Thursday morning.

“We look forward to working closely with Tim to build on this foundation and further accelerate our momentum as we seek a new leader for MLSE.”

Leiweke said in his statement that “it’s an honour to lead MLSE, a world-class organization in a city and a country so passionate about sports.”

“But with new opportunities on the horizon, it’s time for me to begin the transition from sports and entertainment executive to entrepreneur,” Leiweke said.

“Right now, my total focus is here at MLSE and I look forward to working with the board and MLSE team to continue strengthening our franchises while ensuring a smooth transition to a new leader.”

Leiweke told the board it’s his goal to pursue his personal goal of owning his own business.

Via Mark Zwolinski/Toronto Star

Raptors Encouraged By Bruno Caboclo's Summer Work

Bruno Caboclo has spent the summer in North America working on his game and body, along with his grasp of the English language.

“The big thing is we’ve got to get him playing,” said Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jama Mahlalela, who has worked extensively with Caboclo this summer.

“We have to get him in games to see, how can it transfer. We’ve done a summer of skill work. His skills, from where they were, are so improved it’s amazing.

“But it’s not a summer of playing every single day against NBA skill. That’s going to be the next little piece, and we’ll get the month of September to get that worked out.”

Via Doug Smith/Toronto Star

NBA Offered To Rescind Fine If Raptors Cut Ties With Drake

The Toronto Raptors were fined $25,000 for tampering charges due to comments made by Drake about Kevin Durant.

“You know, my brother [Oklahoma City Thunder star] Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us,” Drake said. “I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.”

 

The NBA offered to rescind the fine if the Raptors cut ties with Drake, who draws no salary from the club.

Via Cathal Kelly/Globe and Mail

Jordan Hamilton Agrees To One-Year Deal With Raptors

Free agent Jordan Hamilton has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Toronto Raptors, a league source told RealGM.

A skilled, 6-foot-7 forward, Hamiton has averaged 5.8 points and 2.8 rebounds in three NBA seasons. He played over two seasons with the Denver Nuggets – under Masai Ujiri – before being dealt to the Houston Rockets in February.

Hamilton scored nearly seven points per game in 21 games for the Rockets.

Out of the University of Texas, Hamilton was the No. 26 overall pick in the 2011 draft.

Via Shams Charania/RealGM

Raptors Fined $25K By NBA For Drake's Recruiting Comments To Durant

The Toronto Raptors were fined $25,000 for Drake's recruiting comments toward Kevin Durant during his recent concert.

The NBA viewed the incident as a violation of anti-tampering rules.

Drake has a role in the Raptors' management.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

DeAndre Daniels Signs One-Year Deal With Perth

DeAndre Daniels will start his professional basketball career in Australia, where he will reportedly play for the Perth Wildcats.

Daniels was the Toronto Raptors' second round pick in this year's NBA draft. At the request of Masai Ujiri, Daniels will leave at the end of the month to spend four months playing overseas.

“I’m going to Australia for four months, a long vacation, and I’m going back and will be with the Raptors,” Daniels said.  I’m just going to go out there and not look at it as negative, but look at it as a positive. I’m just going to go out there and get better.”

Daniels, who averaged 13.1 points and 6.0 rebounds last season for the Connecticut Huskies, spent the summer with the Raptors. He played five games for Toronto's summer league team.

Daniels does not regret leaving school early.

“I don’t second guess it at all,” he said. “I’m going to Australia for four months and I look at it as a long vacation before I come back. I’ll get better, just keep improving, but I don’t look at it as a negative. I’m just going to keep moving forward and God has a plan.

“It works out differently for everybody, not everybody has the same plan, so all I can control is what I control. That’s how hard I work and keep improving.”

Via William S. Paxton/Connecticut Post

Toronto Raptors Archives

Celtics, Mavericks Were Also Interested In Bruno Caboclo

Bruno Caboclo showed flashes of his potential during Summer League and will be on the Raptors' roster next season.

Ujiri: Luckily For Raptors Kyle Lowry To Knicks Trade Didn't Happen

The Raptors were at a crossroads in early December after trading Rudy Gay and keeping Kyle Lowry long-term seemed unlikely.

Will Cherry To Sign Two-Year Deal With Raptors

Will Cherry is expected to sign the partially guaranteed deal with the Raptors in the coming days.

Will Cherry Receiving Interest From Cavaliers, Raptors

Will Cherry averaged 12.8 points and 4 rebounds while shooting 52 percent from the field for the Cavaliers in summer league.

Diante Garrett Waived By Raptors

Diante Garrett was released by the Raptors on Saturday.

Raptors To Release Dwight Buycks

The Raptors have decided to release point guard Dwight Buycks within the next two days, before his contract guarantee date on Monday, league sources told RealGM.

James Johnson Agrees To Two-Year, $5M Deal With Raptors

The Raptors, Grizzlies, Jazz and Rockets were interested in James Johnson.

Greivis Vasquez To Re-Sign With Raptors On Two-Year, $13M Deal

Greivis Vasquez will re-sign with the Toronto Raptors on a two-year, $13 million deal, according to sources.

Julyan Stone In Discussions With 76ers, Kings, Bucks

Julyan Stone has started strong discussions with the 76ers, Kings and Bucks on a new deal, a league source told RealGM.

Andray Blatche Meets With Raptors

Andray Blatche has been with the Nets since 2012 and turns 28 in August.

Yakhouba Diawara Has Workout With Raptors

Yakhouba Diawara has played in Europe since 2010.

Raptors Waive Julyan Stone

The Raptors have waived Julyan Stone.

Raptors Trade Steve Novak, 2nd Rounder To Jazz For Diante Garrett

Steve Novak was acquired last offseason by the Raptors from the Knicks.

Patrick Patterson Re-Signs With Raptors For Three-Years, $18M

Patrick Patterson has agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract with the Raptors.

Kyle Lowry Agrees To Re-Sign With Raptors On Four-Year, $48M Deal

Kyle Lowry has agreed upon a four-year, $48 million contract to re-sign with the Raptors.

Kyle Lowry To Take Couple Of Days To Make Decision

The Raptors are confident that Kyle Lowry will ultimately re-sign.

Thabo Sefolosha Scheduling Meetings With Teams; No Thunder Contact Yet

Thabo Sefolosha has received interest from the Clippers, Mavericks, Rockets and Raptors among others, league sources told RealGM.

Kyle Lowry Receives Interest From Rockets, Heat, Mavs; Raptors Considering 5th Year

Kyle Lowry was traded by the Rockets to the Raptors in the 2012 offseason in exchange for a reverse-protected first round pick.

Raptors 'Hopeful' Of Re-Signing Kyle Lowry, No Deal In Place Yet

The Raptors are in a good position to re-sign Kyle Lowry on a deal that pays him at least $12 million per season, but no deal has been reached.

Vince Carter To Receive Interest From Raptors, Thunder, Heat, Blazers

Vince Carter averaged 11.9 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 24.4 minutes per game last season despite being 37.
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