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Raptors Waive Will Cherry, Jordan Hamilton

The Toronto Raptors have waived Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton.

Cherry played in five contests, averaging 3.4 points, 1.6 assists and 13.9 minutes.

Hamilton averaged 9.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 18.3 minutes in six outings.

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Raptors Exercise 15-16 Options On Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross.

The contracts for Valanciunas and Ross are now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

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.

Click here to listen or download

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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

Toronto Raptors Archives

Jordan Hamilton Agrees To One-Year Deal With Raptors

Jordan Hamilton has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raptors, a league source tells RealGM.

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

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

DeAndre Daniels Signs One-Year Deal With Perth

DeAndre Daniels will start his professional basketball career in Australia.

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.
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