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Raptors Rename Training Facility OVO Athletic Centre

Mar 14, 2019 10:12 PM

The Toronto Raptors renamed their training facility OVO Athletic Centre in honor of their branding partnership with Drake.

The Raptors named Drake their "global ambassador" in 2013.

"It’s very unique. Drake and OVO are an important part of our city’s landscape, our team’s identity, and our plans to bring a championship to Toronto. With each step of our partnership over the last five and a half years, we have worked together to build a winning basketball program in Toronto and deliver for our fans and our community," said Masai Ujiri.

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Raptors Sign Eric Moreland To 10-Day Contract

Mar 14, 2019 11:03 AM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to sign Eric Moreland to a 10-day contract.

Moreland gives the Raptors depth in the frontcourt with Serge Ibaka out three games with a suspension.

Moreland played for the Raptors in training camp.

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Serge Ibaka Suspended Three Games For Fight, Marquese Chriss Gets One

Mar 12, 2019 6:13 PM

Serge Ibaka has been suspended three games without pay, while Marquese Chriss has been suspended one game without pay for their involvement in a fight during Monday's game between the Raptors and the Cavaliers.

The incident occurred with 0:01 remaining in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 126-101 victory over the Raptors.

Ibaka’s suspension was based on his instigation of the physical altercation, throwing a punch at Chriss, and his prior history of fighting during NBA games. 

Chriss’ suspension was based on throwing a punch at Ibaka.

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Serge Ibaka, Marquese Chriss Ejected After Throwing Punches

Mar 12, 2019 1:41 AM

Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss were ejected after trading punches during Cleveland Cavs' 126-101 win over the Toronto Raptors.

The confrontation occurred as the two jostled for position during an inbounds play with 1 second left in the 3rd quarter. After falling to the ground, Ibaka got up and wrapped his hands around Chriss' neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a blow of his own.

Chriss had previously fouled Ibaka hard in the 2nd quarter of the game. Neither player were available for comment afterwards. 

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Kawhi Leonard Reportedly Not Interested In Playing With LeBron James

Mar 8, 2019 6:07 PM

When Kawhi Leonard sought a trade from the San Antonio Spurs last offseason, he had the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers on his list. The equation for Leonard, however, appeared to change once the Lakers signed LeBron James.

"I do not," said Michael C. Wright when asked if he believes Leonard would have interest in playing with James on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Podcast. "That's just what I've been told. It's what I've been told going back to last summer. I don't see that as something that's happening.

"I think he goes to the Clippers."

Wright has consistently been one of the most reliable reporters in the NBA when it comes to news on Leonard.

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Tags: Kawhi Leonard, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors, Rockets To Play 2 Preseason Games In Japan

Mar 4, 2019 10:39 PM

The Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors will play two preseason games at the Saitama Super Arena just outside of Tokyo.

Scheduled for October 8th and 10th, it will be the first time a NBA team has played in Japan since 2003. 

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Raptors Sign Jodie Meeks To 10-Day Contract

Feb 19, 2019 8:33 PM

The Toronto Raptors signed Jodie Meeks to a 10-day contract.

The 31-year-old guard last played for the Wizards during the 2017-18 season.

Meeks has averaged 37.2% from the 3-point line throughout his career. 

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Raptors Sought Trade For Nikola Mirotic Before Pivoting To Marc Gasol

Feb 15, 2019 5:44 PM

The Toronto Raptors were interested in trading for Nikola Mirotic from the New Orleans Pelicans at the trade deadline.

The Raptors and Pelicans worked together on a three-way trade that would have sent Delon Wright to the Orlando Magic.

The Pelicans instead traded Mirotic to the Milwaukee Bucks, which led the Raptors to pivot to their acquisition of Marc Gasol instead.

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Tags: Marc Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, Delon Wright, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans, Orlando Magic, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Fred VanVleet Out Five Weeks With Thumb Surgery

Feb 13, 2019 7:29 PM

Fred VanVleet underwent surgery to repair a partial ligament injury to his left thumb. The procedure was performed by Dr. Michelle Carlson in New York City. VanVleet will wear a splint for approximately three weeks.

His condition will then be updated as appropriate. League sources tell Shams Charania of The Athletic VanVleet will be out approximately five weeks.

The injury occurred in the second quarter Feb. 9 at New York. VanVleet is averaging 10.5 points, 4.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 26.8 minutes in 51 games (22 starts) this season. He has scored in double figures 30 times, including a career-high 30 points Feb. 7 at Atlanta.

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Kristaps Porzingis Had Nets, Clippers, Heat, Raptors On Trade Wish List

Feb 13, 2019 9:33 AM

Kristaps Porzingis had a wish list of four teams for a potential trade with the Dallas Mavericks omitted. 

Porzingis had the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat and Toronto Raptors on his list, according to two people with knowledge of the list.

The initial reporting following the trade indicated that Porzingis planned to sign the qualifying offer with the Mavericks as a restricted free agent. Comments made since then have suggested a long-term deal between the Mavericks and Porzingis now has a better probability. 

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RealGM Radio: Kevin Pelton on the Revamped Eastern Conference
Host Danny Leroux and Kevin Pelton of ESPN talk about the state of the NBA after the trade deadline.

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Jeremy Lin Agrees To Buyout With Hawks, Will Sign With Raptors
Jeremy Lin was on an expiring contract.

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Raptors Sign Malcolm Miller To Guaranteed Deal
The Raptors now have 12 players on their roster, and will need to add 2 more by the end of the All-Star break.

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Raptors Sign Chris Boucher To NBA Contract
Boucher averaged 27.6 points and 11.1 rebounds in the G League.

Sportsnet

Ben McLemore To Sign 10-Day Contract With Raptors After Clearing Waivers
McLemore is expected to sign with the Raptors on Sunday.

NBA.com

Raptors Sign Malcolm Miller To 10-Day Contract
Malcolm Miller was playing for Raptors 905 in the G League.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Hornets' Deal For Marc Gasol Fell Apart With Last-Minute Haggling
The Hornets were prepared to trade a lottery protected first round pick for Marc Gasol.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Masai Ujiri: 'No Issues' With Kyle Lowry
Lowry was the target of trade rumors before the deadline.

Ryan Wolstat/The London Free Press

Nets Acquire Greg Monroe From Raptors
The Raptors traded Greg Monroe after adding Marc Gasol.

Shams Charania/The Athletic

Raptors Agree To Trade With Grizzlies For Marc Gasol
Marc Gasol has spent his entire career with the Grizzlies.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

76ers Acquire Malachi Richardson, 2022 2nd Round Pick From Raptors
Malachi Richardson has appeared in 22 NBA games for Toronto this season.

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Grizzlies Reject Raptors' Offer For Mike Conley, Marc Gasol
The Grizzlies, looking for younger players or draft assets, rejected the Raptors offer.

Jake Fischer/Sports Illustrated

Kawhi Leonard Purchases $13.3 Million Home In San Diego
The 13,000 square foot home features 7 bedrooms and 10.5 bathrooms.

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Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell Named NBA's Players Of The Week
Donovan Mitchell averaged 31.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds over the four games.

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NBA Clears Cavaliers Of Wrongdoing On Patrick McCaw Contract
The Cavaliers signed Patrick McCaw as a restricted free agent to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet.

ESPN

Raptors Announce Patrick McCaw Signing
Patrick McCaw has appeared in 131 career games with Golden State and Cleveland.

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Patrick McCaw To Sign With Raptors
The 23-year-old McCaw was waived by the Cavs after three games.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Thunder Re-Signing Paul George Emboldened Raptors On Kawhi Leonard Trade
Executives from the Thunder credit the bond Paul George formed with Russell Westbrook as the most significant factor in his decision.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Masai Ujiri: I Have A Mandate To Win A Championship
The Raptors have never dipped below 48 victories during the tenure of Masai Ujiri.

Chris Mannix/Sports Illustrated

Raptors Waive Lorenzo Brown
Lorenzo Brown was named the NBA G League MVP last season.

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