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Raptors Remain Likely To Trade Bargnani

The Toronto Raptors are expected to trade Andrea Bargnani before the end of the 2012-13 season.

One source close to the situation said Friday that Bargnani is "a lock to be moved."

Bargnani has two years and $22 million left on his contract.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Lowry Fine With Coming Off Bench For Raptors

Kyle Lowry is comfortable coming off the bench if need be.

“Honestly, I just have to prepare myself to play, that’s all I can really do,” he said after a 90-minute practice Thursday afternoon.

“In all honesty, just prepare to play … I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow, how I’ll react (to being back on the court) so I just have to prepare to play and if I do play, how I can help the team.”

With Jose Calderon as the starting point guard, the Raptors won five of seven games while Lowry recovered from a partially torn tricep muscle.

Lowry will make his return Friday when Toronto takes on the New Orleans Hornets.

“It’s no issue whatsoever,” said coach Dwane Casey. “We’ve explained it to him, whether he plays second unit, starts, it’s as a team. We talked about it, we talked about it as an organization … and not only for Kyle but for everybody. That’s the only way we can have organization and not have chaos, we have to do it as a team.

“We have to have discipline, everybody has to know their role … and go from there."

Via Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Valanciunas To Miss 4-6 Weeks With Broken Finger, Will Not Require Surgery

Jonas Valanciunas is expected to miss four to six weeks while he recovers from a broken ring finger on his right hand.

"He saw a hand specialist," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "But he doesn't have to have surgery and that's the main thing, the positive out of the whole thing. It's unfortunate because again he was getting in a good little rhythm, getting some rest, not playing as many minutes, but then this setback."

Aaron Gray and Amir Johnson are expected to fill the void in Valanciunas' absence.

Valanciunas was averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Via Mike Ganter/Toronto Sun

Raptors 'Now Believing They Can Win'

The Toronto Raptors defeated the Pistons by a final score of 97-91 to win their fourth straight game.

“There’s a million different ways to win or lose a game and right now we’re finding the ways to win and that’s the most important thing for our group,” said Dwane Casey.

“Now we’re believing we can win, we trust each other, we believe in each other, we’re pulling for each other.”

The Raptors' four-game win streak is their longest since November of 2010.

Via Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Cavaliers Had Reservations About Valanciunas Buyout

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Tristan Thompson with the No. 4 pick of the 2011 NBA Draft instead of Jonas Valanciunas.

"We were interested in (Valanciunas), obviously, when he was coming out in the draft," Byron Scott said. "He's going to be a heck of a basketball player. He has the length and the size. He can shoot the ball from 14, 15 feet. I think he's a very skilled big man."

The Cavaliers couldn't get a read on the buyout situation of Valanciunas with his former Lithuanian club.

"With last year being a lockout situation, we knew it would be just as beneficial for him to play over there," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. "It was a short-term setback for a long-term investment."

Via Rob Finnan/News-Herald

Calderon Taking Lead Role For Raptors

Jose Calderon has been outstanding for the Toronto Raptors over their past two games, correcting course on what had been a disappointing season to date.

“I made up my mind, I want to be the guy, I’m here, this is my team,” said Calderon.

“I’m going to go out there and be the guy asking for nothing. I want to win with this team until somebody says something different, it doesn’t matter how long I’m on the court, it doesn’t matter how many minutes I play, I’m here to help my teammates and help this team win games.”

Calderon has long been the subject of trade rumors.

Via Doug Smith/Toronto Star

Colangelo, Embry Met With Raptors' Ownership

Bryan Colangelo summoned senior advisor Wayne Embry to meet with Toronto Raptors' ownership this week, according to sources.

The meeting is said to have gone well, but the 4-19 Raptors are said to be evaluating options.

Trade scenarios involving Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon are on hold with both Bargnani and Kyle Lowry injured, according to sources.

Via Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Raptors Recall Quincy Acy From D-League

The Toronto Raptors have recalled Quincy Acy from the Bakersfield Jam.

Acy was assigned to the Jam on December 6. He appeared in three games, averaging 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 21.7 minutes. He posted his highs of 18 points, five rebounds and 23 minutes in his debut December 7 at Reno.

Acy has appeared in three games with the Raptors. He has played 21 minutes, averaging 2.3 points and 2.0 rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Bargnani Out Indefinitely With Elbow

Andrea Bargnani is out indefinitely with an injured elbow.

X-rays Bargnani had on the elbow on Monday were negative.

Dwane Casey said that Bargnani's absence will create an opportunity for Ed Davis to prove himself.

Via Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Amir Johnson Receives One-Game Suspension From NBA

Amir Johnson has received a one-game suspension from the NBA for throwing his mouthpiece at a referee in Monday's loss.

Johnson is averaging 7.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game this season for the Toronto Raptors.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Toronto Raptors Archives

Sources: Dwane Casey Not In Danger Of Being Fired

Bryan Colangelo believes that talent isn't the problem for the Raptors' current struggles and is expecting more from Duane Casey.

Dominic McGuire Gauging NBA Interest For Right Situation

Dominic McGuire is receiving interest from several NBA teams.

Pietrus' Left Knee Tendinitis Not Serious

Mickael Pietrus is averaging 10.8 points and 3.0 rebounds over 31.6 minutes during his first four games with the Raptors.

Bargnani Understands Nature Of Trade Rumors

Andrea Bargnani hears the trade rumors about him, and he even understand them.

Valanciunas May Work With Olajuwon In Summer

The Raptors are considering having Jonas Valanciunas work with Hakeem Olajuwon on his post game.

Colangelo Characterizes Raptors' Play As 'Embarassing'

Bryan Colangelo assessed the Raptors’ 4-16 start to the season.

Casey Considered Moving Valanciunas Out Of Starting Lineup

Jonas Valanciunas is averaging 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 20.7 minutes over his past five games.

Raptors Send Quincy Acy To D-League

The Raptors have sent Quincy Acy to the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League.

Lakers Receive Gasol Inquiries From Raptors, Wolves

The Lakers are telling teams that they will assess the roster upon the return of Steve Nash and not explore Pau Gasol trades until then.

Rival Execs: Raptors Most Likely To Acquire Pau Gasol If Lakers Make Trade

The Raptors would likely build a trade for Pau Gasol centered around Andrea Bargnani and Jose Calderon.

Pietrus To Take Minutes Away From Ross

Terrence Ross has received an increase in playing time due to the injuries to Landry Fields and Alan Anderson.
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