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LaMarcus Aldridge Sets Order Of Free Agency Meetings

Jun 29, 2015 10:57 PM

LaMarcus Aldridge will meet with seven teams in free agency in the following order:

Los Angeles Lakers
Houston Rockets
San Antonio Spurs
Phoenix Suns
Dallas Mavericks
Toronto Raptors
New York Knicks

Aldridge is not currently planning on meeting with the Portland Trail Blazers as they've already offered a full maximum contract.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LaMarcus Aldridge Plans To Meet With Raptors In Free Agency

Jun 29, 2015 3:47 PM

Portland Trail Blazers star free agent LaMarcus Aldridge has plans to meet with the Toronto Raptors this week, league sources told RealGM.

Aldridge has an interest in the Raptors, who hold space for a maximum contract offer, sources said. In his free-agent meetings in Los Angeles, Aldridge will be joined by his mother, Georgia.

Nevertheless, the San Antonio Spurs are considered a strong candidate to sign Aldridge out of the Portland Trail Blazers, and the four-time All-Star has several other meetings, too.

Aldridge will consider meeting with the Houston Rockets, among his other sitdowns, sources said. As an unrestricted free agent for the first time, Aldridge only benefits with his due diligence from interested teams.

Widely believed to be the NBA’s most attainable superstar free agent, Aldridge had another standout statistical season in his ninth year with the Blazers. The 6-foot-11 forward averaged a career-high 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

Out of Texas, Aldridge went second overall in the 2006 NBA draft, one slot behind the Raptors’ selection of Andrea Bargnani.

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Tags: LaMarcus Aldridge, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Al-Farouq Aminu To Meet With Knicks, Celtics, Blazers, Raptors, Pelicans

Jun 29, 2015 12:14 PM

Al-Farouq Aminu is scheduled to meet with several teams as he hits the open market.

Aminu is scheduled to visit the New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and New Orleans Pelicans.

The Dallas Mavericks are also in the mix to re-sign Aminu.

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Tags: Al-Farouq Aminu, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Acquire Clippers' 2017 First Rounder, No. 46 From Bucks For Greivis Vasquez

Jun 25, 2015 9:03 PM

The Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors have agreed upon a trade involving Greivis Vasquez. The Raptors will receive the Los Angeles Clippers' 2017 first round pick and the No. 46 pick. 

The Clippers' first round pick will be conveyed if they make the playoffs in any of the years between 2017 and 2019.

The Bucks will use cap space to absorb the contract of Vasquez.

Vasquez was acquired by the Raptors in 2013 as part of the Rudy Gay trade.

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Tags: Greivis Vasquez, Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Considering Andy Greer, Rex Kalamian For Assistant Coach Job

Jun 22, 2015 12:33 PM

The Toronto Raptors are discussing an assistant coaching job with Andy Greer and Rex Kalamian.

Greer was an assistant coach under Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls since 2010.

Kalamian was an assistant coach under Scott Brooks with the Oklahoma City Thunder since 2009.

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Lou Williams' Expected Free Agent Interest Gives Raptors Competition

Jun 17, 2015 5:25 PM

Lou Williams is expected to receive strong interest from teams that include the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, providing a clear competition for the Toronto Raptors to retain the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, league sources told RealGM.

The Raptors and Williams have expressed a mutual interest, and there will be a window early in free agency for Toronto to finalize an agreement that’s viable for the 6-foot-2 guard.

As one of the most potent scorers on the market, Williams could scan league-wide possibilities of a three-year deal in the range of $27 million or four years for $35 million.

For the season, Williams scored a career-best 15.5 points per game while averaging 25.2 minutes — a magnificent resurgence as a player after tearing his ACL in 2013.

Williams, 28, has played 10 NBA seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks and Raptors. He has career averages of 11.9 points, 2.9 assists and two rebounds.

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Tags: Lou Williams, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dwane Casey: Raptors Going In The Right Direction

Jun 9, 2015 6:57 PM

Dwane Casey said on Tuesday he was never concerned about his future this offseason as head coach of the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Washington Wizards.

“I wasn’t worried about my job, never have been, never will be,” Casey said. “[Raptors GM] Masai [Ujiri] has every right to look at the entire organization, [like] the coaching staff, and evaluate everything that we’ve done as a staff and as a team but I think, if we’re all honest with ourselves and look where we come from and look how the growth process is going, we’re going in the right direction. I think that’s what the evaluation process shows.

“Did we make mistakes as a coaching staff? Yes. Did we make mistakes as an organization and players making mistakes as players? Yes. We all do. We all are accountable for everything that goes on, but again, big picture, we’re going in the right direction from where we started last year.”

Steven Loung/Sportsnet

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Kyrylo Fesenko Signing One-Year Deal With Lokomotiv In VTB League

Jun 8, 2015 4:28 PM

Veteran center Kyrylo Fesenko has agreed to a one-year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban of the VTB League, bypassing a workout with the Toronto Raptors, sources told RealGM.

Fesenko, a five-year reserve in the NBA, will sign a lucrative deal with the Russian team. He was among the big men invited to the Raptors’ free-agent camp later this month.

Fesenko played his NBA seasons with the Utah Jazz and Indiana Pacers between 2007 and 2012, averaging 2.3 points, two rebounds and 8.2 minutes per game in 135 contests.

The 7-foot-1 Fesenko went to training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves last October and the Chicago Bulls in 2012.

Fesenko’s agency, Klutch Sports Group, also represents Levi Randolph, a guard prospect who has drawn interest in pre-draft workouts over the past few weeks. Randolph averaged 15.4 points as a senior at Alabama this past season.

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Tags: Kyrylo Fesenko, Toronto Raptors, Lokomotiv Kuban, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International Signing Rumor, International Teams, International Misc Rumor

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Raptors Recently Pursued Darren Erman

Jun 2, 2015 1:02 PM

The Toronto Raptors recently pursued Darren Erman to become defensive coordinator under Dwane Casey.

Erman spent the 14-15 season with Brad Stevens and the Boston Celtics and has been hired by the New Orleans Pelicans.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Terrence Ross Undergoes Ankle Surgery

May 23, 2015 3:09 PM

Terrence Ross underwent surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.

The surgery was performed in Van Nuys, California, but Ross will conduct his rehabilitation in Toronto.

No timetable has been set for Ross' return to basketball activities.

Ross averaged 9.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 25.3 minutes in a career-best 82 games this past season.

The Canadian Press

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MLSE Likely To Hire John Cassaday To Succeed Tim Leiweke As President
John Cassaday, who recently retired as president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, has long been rumored the likely choice to succeed Leiweke.

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Raptors Let Go Of Two Assistant Coaches On Dwane Casey's Staff
The Raptors have removed Bill Bayno and Tom Sterner from Dwane Casey's coaching staff, according to sources.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Dwane Casey Will Remain Head Coach Of Raptors
The Raptors will likely make changes to Dwane Casey's assistant coaching staff.

Steve Simmons/Toronto Sun

Ujiri Considering Letting Raptors Take Step Back
Masai Ujiri has yet to make a decision on Dwane Casey's tenure as head coach of the Raptors and the direction of the franchise.

John Chick/The Score

Raptors Evaluating Future Of Dwane Casey
The Raptors are evaluating everyone after their first-round sweep against the Wizards.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Lou Williams Named NBA's Sixth Man Of The Year
The Raptors acquired Lou Williams from the Hawks last offseason.

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Masai Ujiri Receives $35,000 Fine From NBA
Masai Ujiri has received a $35,000 fine from the NBA for using obscene language during a public appearance on Saturday.

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DeMar DeRozan, Russell Westbrook Win Player Of The Month For April
DeMar DeRozan had a PER of 24.1 in April, while Russell Westbrook's 28.3 ranked sixth in the Western Conference.

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2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups
Anthony Davis will be making his first appearance in the playoffs.

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Andrew Wiggins Plans To Remain With Wolves For 'Very, Very, Very Long Time'
Andrew Wiggins has already been mentioned as a potential addition for the Raptors due to the franchise being his home team.

Eric Koreen/National Post

Raptors Assign Lucas Nogueira To D-League
The Raptors have assigned Lucas Nogueira to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League.

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Lou Williams Has Already Tried For Extension, Wants To Re-Sign With Raptors
Lou Williams would like to re-sign with the Raptors as he hits the open market this summer.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Masai Ujiri Promises To Have Canadian On Roster, Hints At Andrew Wiggins
Masai Ujiri said he planned to hire a scout to concentrate on Canadian players "because the growth of the game here is so big."

Lori Ewing/Canadian Press

Warriors, Mavs, Raptors, Spurs, Heat, Bulls Interested In JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee and the Celtics were unable to close a deal on a contract on Thursday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kyle Lowry Could Miss Several Games To Heal Nagging Injuries
Kyle Lowry will sit out a second consecutive game on Monday and it could extend multiple games.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Raptors Expect To Keep Terrence Ross Through Deadline
Masai Ujiri anticipates the Raptors keeping Terrence Ross through the deadline.

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Raptors Reassign Bruno Caboclo To Mad Ants
Bruno 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.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

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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