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Raptors Interested In Skal Labissiere At No. 9

Jun 23, 2016 4:38 PM

The Toronto Raptors like Skal Labissiere with the ninth overall pick if none of the top-8 players fall to them.

Labissiere had an inconsistent freshman season at Kentucky but he was widely considered one of the top prospects in the draft class a year ago.

Labissiere failed to gain weight at Kentucky but is a skilled and versatile big.

The Raptors largely played Luis Scola and Patrick Patterson at power forward this past season.

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DeMar DeRozan Commits To USA For Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 2:35 PM

DeMar DeRozan has committed to play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics.

DeRozan is a free agent this offseason after another All-Star season with the Toronto Raptors.

DeRozan played for the United States in the 2014 World Cup.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

Tags: DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Kyle Lowry To Play For USA In Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 10:28 AM

Kyle Lowry has accepted an invitation from USA Basketball to participate in the 2016 Olympics.

With Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook not participating, a spot at point guard opened up for Lowry.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

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Andy Greer Leaving Raptors To Become Wolves' Top Assistant

Jun 23, 2016 9:52 AM

Andy Greer is leaving the Toronto Raptors to become the top assistant coach to Tom Thibodeau with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Greer served under Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls from 2010 until 2015. Greer spent just one season with the Raptors.

Greer's long previous stint before the Bulls was his run under Jeff Van Gundy with the Houston Rockets.

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Tags: Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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DeMar DeRozan Officially Opts Out Of Contract With Raptors

Jun 13, 2016 6:56 PM

DeMar DeRozan has officially opted out of his contract with the Toronto Raptors for the 16-17 season.

DeRozan will be a free agent for the first time in his career.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Bismack Biyombo Will Serve Suspension On Opening Night Of 16-17

Jun 2, 2016 12:50 PM

Bismack Biyombo has been suspended without pay for the first game of the 16-17 regular season.

Biyombo accrued his fourth Flagrant Foul point of the 2016 NBA Playoffs during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals. 

The NBA upheld the flagrant foul call and he would have been suspended for a potential Game 7 against the Cavaliers.

Biyombo will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason.

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Dwane Casey Signs $18M Extension With Raptors Through 2019

Jun 2, 2016 12:43 PM

Dwane Casey and the Toronto Raptors have agreed upon a three-year, $18 million extension.

The Raptors essentially tore up their option for the 16-17 season with Casey and replaced it with a three-year deal.

Toronto lost 4-2 in the best-of-seven series against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Raptors have been working to hold together his coaching staff too, including assistant coaches Andy Greer (Minnesota and New York) and Rex Kalamian (Washington) who are the objects of interest elsewhere, league sources said.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Tags: Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Ujiri Wants Raptors To Re-Sign DeMar DeRozan, Bismack Biyombo

May 30, 2016 1:44 PM

Masai Ujiri wants the Toronto Raptors to bring back DeMar DeRozan and Bismack Biyombo next season.

“I don’t know how possible that is, but honestly, it’s our jobs," said Ujiri. "We have to figure it out. That’s why we’re brought here to do this. Some of the things are more difficult than others. But to me, the approach is, our guys have said that they want to be here. That’s the first step, to build your culture and build your team, and you try to learn how to win and build winning. That attracts players. That makes players want to stay here. That’s the first step. And then, it’s kind of put on my table, and our guys in the front office, to figure it out. We’ll try to figure it out.”

Ujiri said the Raptors have just taken “baby steps” towards becoming a contender. 

“Our number one goal is to bring DeMar back here. We feel great that he wants to come back to our organization. I spoke to him yesterday and his eyes were still red; you could tell, he said he felt empty the next day. Which was telling. Speaking to him and Kyle, they almost felt like we had a game to play still, and that game is not there. There’s that hunger, and you like that, and then now, it’s my part to figure it out. ”

Ujiri was asked about offering DeRozan a max contract.

“I think that question is for later. We’ll have those discussions. Our organization, I think, has showed that we want to win. Those are, I think, negotiations that we’ll have with DeMar and his agent, and we’ll see where it goes.”

Blake Murphy/Raptors Republic

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Dwane Casey, Raptors To Discuss Extension

May 28, 2016 5:42 PM

Dwane Casey and the Toronto Raptors will soon begin discussions on a contract extension.

Casey helped lead the Raptors to just two wins away from The Finals, winning the first and second round in hardy fought seven-game series.

Casey has one season left on his current contract at the Raptors' option for $4 million next season.

Casey was head coach of the Raptors before Masai Ujiri took the job of general manager, but they have formed a good relationship and the results have suggested general overachievement. 

Marc Stein/ESPN

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DeMar DeRozan Doesn't Believe He'll Find Better Situation Than Toronto

May 28, 2016 12:23 PM

DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent for the first time in his career and he was asked about whether he thinks he might find a situation better than the Toronto Raptors.

"I don't think so," said DeRozan. "My mindset has always been Toronto... I don't want to switch it up now."

DeRozan has emerged as an All-Star with the Raptors and he figures to command a max contract.

Josh Lewenberg/TSN

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Dunc'd On: CLE/TOR Game 6, Raptors/Celtics Offseasons
Cleveland destroys Toronto in Game 6 to bring LeBron James to his 6th straight Finals. How impressive is that accomplishment? For Toronto, what is next this offseason (5:30)? Should they re-sign DeMar DeRozan to a max deal, how close are they to beating

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Bismack Biyombo Would Have Been Suspended For Game 7
The NBA could rescind the flagrant foul call after reviewing it further.

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Kyrie Irving Admits Toronto Crowd Made Him Discombulated
LeBron James openly says the way the Cavaliers play starts with Kyrie Irving.

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DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph Spotted In Casino At 2:00 AM Before Game 5
DeMarre Carroll and Cory Joseph were out late before Game 5 but it didn't start until 8:30 PM EST.

Steve Simmons/Toronto Sun

DeMar DeRozan Worked Out With 1,000 Shots Until 1 AM On Eve Of Game 4
The session placed heavy emphasis on scoring assertively and promptly.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jonas Valanciunas Upgraded To Gametime Decision For Game 4
Jonas Valanciunas was upgraded previously from out to doubtful.

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Jonas Valanciunas Upgraded From 'Out' To 'Doubtful' For Game 4
Jonas Valanciunas hasn't played since Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals since suffering a sprained ankle.

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Kyle Lowry Explains Going Into Locker Room During Game
Kyle Lowry went into the locker room in the closing minutes of the first half while the Cavaliers went on a run against his Raptors.

Andre Vergara/Fox Sports

Rockets Interview Rex Kalamian
Rex Kalamian joined the Raptors this season after six with the Thunder.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Raptors' Bobby Webster Interviewing For Bucks' Assistant GM Job
Bobby Webster is a former cap and CBA expert for the NBA league office.

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Terrence Ross: Cavs Not A 'Super Team' To Fear
DeMar DeRozan addressed his teammates in the locker room after their Game 1 loss at Cleveland.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

76ers Win Lottery, Lakers Get 2nd Pick, Celtics 3rd
The 76ers, Lakers and Celtics are in the top-3 of the NBA Draft Lottery.

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Jonas Valanciunas Ruled Out For Game 1
Bismack Biyombo has entered the starting lineup at center with Jonas Valanciunas out.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

DeMarre Carroll, Luol Deng Leave Game 5 With Wrist Injuries
DeMarre Carroll's x-rays were negative while Luol Deng's were "inconclusive" and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday.

Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Jonas Valanciunas Out For 2nd Round With Ankle Sprain
Jonas Valanciunas suffered the injury in Game 3 while contesting a Dwyane Wade layup attempt.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

Kyle Lowry Worked On Getting Shot Back In Empty Arena After Game 1
Kyle Lowry made a halfcourt shot at the buzzer of regulation to send the game into overtime, but he shot just 3-for-13 from the field and 1-for-7 from three-point range in the game.

Mike Mazzeo/ESPN

DeMarre Carroll: Series Showed Everyone Was Depended On
With Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan having subpar performances in the first round, the Raptors needed a group effort to advance past the Indiana Pacers.

Eric Koreen/Canadian Press

Stephen A. Smith: DeMar DeRozan Leaving Raptors For L.A. In Offseason
DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent this offseason coming off a career year with the Raptors.

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Norman Powell, Karl-Anthony Towns Win Rookies Of The Month For April
Norman Powell and Karl-Anthony Towns have been named the NBA's Rookies of the Month for April.

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Masai Ujiri Wants Dwane Casey Back Next Season Regardless Of Playoff Success
The Raptors were eliminated in the first round in 2014 by the Nets and in 2015 by the Wizards.

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