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Raptors Could Pursue Marc Gasol In Free Agency

The Toronto Raptors' front office is increasingly interested in pursuing Marc Gasol during this offseason in free agency.

Gasol, however, is widely expected to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies. 

The Raptors had been expected to wait until 2016 to pursue Kevin Durant.

Jonas Valanciunas has improved in every season but the Raptors' front office has doubts about his ability to lead the team in the frontcourt deep into the playoffs.

Via Cathal Kelly/The Globe and Mail

Raptors Unlikely To Use Final $4.6M TPE From Rudy Gay Deal

The Toronto Raptors are unlikely to use the final $4.6 million of their traded player exception acquired in last season's Rudy Gay trade.

The final exception expires at the end of Tuesday evening.

The Raptors used exceptions from that deal in two other trades.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Masai Ujiri: Raptors At Letting-Players-Grow Stage

The Toronto Raptors have six players on expiring contracts worth a total of $30 million with only Amir Johnson and Lou Williams being defined as core assets in that group.

Masai Ujiri is unhurried to make a move despite being at the top of the Eastern Conference with a chance to go deep in the playoffs.

“We’ve got young players,” he said. “When you take a job, you have to assess the guys you need and the guys you don’t. Some of that we did right away and some of it we waited.

“But now we’re at the stage where we let the players grow. You need to let your players grow. We will continue to look at our team, but the key is we have young players and they players will hopefully continue to get better and continue to grow.”

It has been exactly a year since the Raptors traded Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, but Ujiri doesn't want to make another bold move at this time.

“This is the time to let it sit and play itself out,” Ujiri said. “It’s not the time to play poker, not now.”

Via Michael Grange/Sportsnet.ca

Kyle Lowry, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Kyle Lowry and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Dec. 1 and Dec. 7.

Lowry led the Raptors to a 2-1 week behind an NBA-best 29.3 points. He handed out 8.7 assists, grabbed 3.0 rebounds and recorded 1.3 steals as Toronto won road games in Sacramento and Utah on back-to-back nights. On Dec. 3, when the Raptors topped the Jazz 123-104, Lowry recorded a career-high 39 points (13-of-22 field goals) and added five rebounds and four assists.

Aldridge helped the Trail Blazers to a 3-0 week, which included road wins at Denver and New York. He ranked third in the league in scoring (27.0 ppg) and sixth in rebounding (11.7 rpg). Aldridge posted a point-rebound double-double in all three contests, including a 39-point, 11-rebound effort on Dec. 2, as the Trail Blazers beat the Nuggets 105-103.

Via RealGM Staff Report

DeMar DeRozan Out Indefinitely With Torn Adductor Longus Tendon

DeMar DeRozan has suffered a torn left adductor longus tendon, the Toronto Raptors announced on Saturday.

DeRozan does not have a timetable for return to basketball activity.

Tests revealed the injury on Saturday after DeRozan suffered it on Friday.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cuban Gave Recommendation To Raptors To Hire Casey

The Dallas Mavericks' brass heaped praise on Dwane Casey before the two teams squared off on Friday in Toronto.

Mark Cuban recommended that the Raptors hire Casey shortly after the 2011 NBA Finals run. Casey was an assistant coach on the Mavs' title team.

“I was very complimentary of him to them because of the attention he pays to detail, his understanding of the game, his ability to relate to players, he’s the total package,” Cuban said.

“I think he didn’t get a fair shake where he was as a head coach prior (in Minnesota). I mean, he was the difference-maker for us. We don’t win a championship without him.”

“There were a lot more established coaches that he passed on,” Rick Carlisle added.

“He really targeted Dwane as a guy that he knew could take a group of younger guys, mould them and instill a defensive philosophy and a defensive disposition in how they played. The very first year the record wasn’t great but the defensive numbers did a 180. From there they have built it up each year. Dwane has earned the right to have a team this good and he has done a great job of building it up to this point.”

Via Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

DeMarcus Cousins, Lou Williams Named NBA Players Of Week

Lou Williams and DeMarcus Cousins have been named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Nov. 23.

Williams helped the Toronto Raptors to a 3-0 week, finishing fourth in the Eastern Conference with 23.7 ppg and ninth with 2.0 spg.

Cousins led the Sacramento Kings to a 2-1 week and paced the league in rebounding (16.3). He averaged 25.7 points (second in the league) on .577 shooting (30-for-52) and tallied five blocks.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Raptors Honor Vince Carter With Tribute Video

The Toronto Raptors recognized Vince Carter during a first quarter timeout of Wednesday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Carter requested a trade from the Raptors in 2004 and has largely been booed in his return visits ever since.

“Amazing,” Carter said. “It’s just an amazing feeling to see it, to relive it, to see all the people react as each play was happening. It was an honest reaction. It was in the moment, the feel of the moment.”

“I think when we were all growing up we all got to witness what he was doing here in Toronto,” Quincy Pondexter said. “He was Air Canada. He was the man. A big piece of him is still in the city and he loves it. I knew there was something (special) about it from the time we got on the plane. I usually sit next to him and he was really focused on this day. It means a lot to him.”

Via Richard Griffin/Toronto Star

James Johnson Out Indefinitely With Severe Right Ankle Sprain

James Johnson is out indefinitely with a severe right ankle sprain.

Johnson has averaged 7.6 points, 3.8 rebounds in 19.4 minutes per game this season.

Johnson suffered the injury in Saturday's game.

Via NBA.com

Vasquez: Raptors Need 'Craziness, Energy' Of James Johnson

James Johnson had his most impactful game for the Toronto Raptors in their 104-100 win over the Orlando Magic.

Johnson played strong on-ball and off-ball defense and had 10 rebounds in just 21 minutes.

“Everyone knows he’s a little crazy,” Greivis Vasquez said of Johnson. “Personally I love his craziness. Ten rebounds in (21) minutes? That’s energy. You can’t teach that.”

Vasquez also compared Johnson to Tony Allen, who was a teammate of both players with the Memphis Grizzlies.

“You need someone crazy in your locker room,” Vasquez said. “Someone who is not afraid to fight for you or anything like that. He would die for the whole team.”

Via Mike Ganter/Toronto Sun

Toronto Raptors Archives

Week 2 NBA Efficiency Diff. Rankings: Raptors, Rockets, Warriors In Top 3

The Raptors rank second in offense (113.7 points per 100 possessions) and are sixth in defense (101.4 points per 100 possessions allowed).

Casey: Kyle Lowry Has Grown From Reputation As Bad Teammate

Kyle Lowry has matured and become more of a leader during his time with the Raptors.

Raptors Hope Continuity, Chemistry Results In Fast Start

The Raptors had 42-22 run leading to the playoffs last season and they hope the continuity of keeping their roster will allow them to start the new season fast.

Raptors Waive Will Cherry, Jordan Hamilton

The Raptors have waived Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton.

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

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

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

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

RealGM Radio: On The Atlantic Division With Kharpertian, Weiss

Daniel Leroux, 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.

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

Glen Grunwald was asked to explore a trade of Vince Carter to the Mavericks for Steve Nash.

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

Greg Stiemsma most recently played for the Pelicans.

Lucas Nogueira Works Out With Hakeem Olajuwon

Lucas Nogueira recently worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon.

Tim Leiweke Leaving MLSE By June 30

Tim Leiweke told the board itís his goal to pursue his personal goal of owning his own business.

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.

NBA Offered To Rescind Fine If Raptors Cut Ties With Drake

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

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.
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