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Raptors Not Interested In Signing Vince Carter This Season

Feb 20, 2018 10:13 AM

The Toronto Raptors are unlikely to sign Vince Carter this season, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.

“After speaking with a few team sources, I can confirm that they’ve had internal dialogue and debate about the idea of bringing Vince Carter back … but they’ve decided now is not the right time,” Lewenberg said. “And I think the consensus seems to be there’s so much going on right now, and they want this season to be about this team, their accomplishments and their playoff push and not the sideshow that I think would come with a Vince Carter return.”

Carter was traded by the Raptors to the Nets in 2004.

The Kings have been willing to buyout Carter if that becomes his preference.

Kyle Cantlon/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Vince Carter, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors Trade Bruno Caboclo To Kings For Malachi Richardson

Feb 8, 2018 1:30 PM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to trade Bruno Caboclo to the Sacramento Kings for Malachi Richardson.

Caboclo was Toronto's first round pick in 2014.

The Kings selected Richardson 22nd overall in 2016.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Malachi Richardson, Bruno Caboclo, Sacramento Kings, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Raptors, Clippers Discuss DeAndre Jordan Trade

Feb 8, 2018 12:00 PM

The Toronto Raptors have emerged as a team interested in trading for DeAndre Jordan.

Jordan can become a free agent this offseason.

Any trade presumably would include Jonas Valanciunas and there would need to be a third team to facilitate.

The Cavaliers have also been interested in trading for Jordan.

Marc Stein/New York Times

Tags: DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion

Feb 7, 2018 10:47 AM

The New York Knicks remain the NBA's most valuable franchise for the third straight season, according to Forbes' annual report.

The Knicks are valued at $3.6 billion, which is an increase of nine percent from 2017.

The Los Angeles Lakers rank second at $3.3 billion, an increase of 10 percent.

The Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics round out the top-5.

The average NBA franchise is now worth a record $1.65 billion, up 22% over last year, and more than triple the figure of five years ago. 

Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.

“Investor interest in the NBA is enormous right now,” said Forbes’ senior editor Kurt Badenhausen, “thanks to the league’s strong current economic environment, as well as the international growth prospects, which are the best of any major U.S. sports league.”

1. Knicks: $3.6 billion (+9%)
2. Lakers: $3.3 billion (+10%)
3. Warriors: $3.1 billion (+19%)
4. Bulls: $2.6 billion (+4%)
5. Celtics: $2.5 billion (+14%)
6. Nets: $2.3 billion (+28%)
7. Rockets: $2.2 billion (+33%)
8. Clippers: $2.15 billion (+7%)
9. Mavericks: $1.9 billion (+31%)
10. Heat: $1.7 billion (+26%)
11. Spurs: $1.55 billion (+32%)
12. Raptors: $1.4 billion (+24%)
13. Kings: $1.375 billion (+28%)
14. Wizards: $1.35 billion (+35%)
15. Cavaliers: $1.325 billion (+10%)
16. Blazers: $1.3 billion (+24%)
17. Suns: $1.28 billion (+16%)
18. Thunder: $1.25 billion (+22%)
19. Magic: $1.225 billion (+33%)
20. Jazz: $1.2 billion (+32%)
21. 76ers: $1.18 billion (+48%)
22. Pacers: $1.175 billion (+34%)
23. Hawks: $1.15 billion (+30%)
24. Nuggets: $1.125 billion (+26%)
25. Pistons: $1.1 billion (+22%)
26. Bucks: $1.075 billion (+37%)
27. Wolves: $1.06 billion (+38%)
28. Hornets: $1.05 billion (+35%)
29. Grizzlies: $1.025 billion (+30%)
30. Pelicans: $1 billion (+33%)

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DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Month

Feb 1, 2018 4:40 PM

The Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in January.

DeRozan ranked second in the Eastern Conference in scoring (25.3 ppg) and added 5.9 assists as the Raptors went 10-5 in January to pull within a game and a half of the East-leading Boston Celtics.  The 6-7 guard scored at least 30 points in four of 15 games, highlighted by a franchise-record 52 points in a 131-127 overtime victory against the Milwaukee Bucks on Jan. 1.  DeRozan recorded at least eight assists four times and posted the highest assist average for any month of his nine-year career.

The Warriors were 10-2 with Curry in the lineup in January, with six of those wins coming on the road.  (Golden State went 11-3 overall.)  The 6-3 guard led the NBA in scoring (29.5 ppg) and added 6.7 assists and 5.1 rebounds while shooting 51.4 percent from the field and 46.3 percent from three-point range.  Curry scored at least 30 points on six occasions, including a season-high 49 points in a 109-105 win over the Celtics on Jan. 27.  He connected on an NBA-high 62 three-pointers for the month, including eight threes as part of a 45-point effort in a 121-105 victory against the LA Clippers on Jan. 6.

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Tags: Golden State Warriors, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA Award

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Dwane Casey To Coach Team LeBron In All-Star Game

Jan 28, 2018 11:09 PM

Dwane Casey has clinched head coaching duties for Team LeBron during the 2018 All-Star GAme.

Casey has never coached an All-Star squad before.

The Raptors and Casey earned the All-Star coaching nod with a 33-15 record, second best in the Eastern Conference.

Boston's Brad Stevens coached the team last season.

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Dwane Casey Wants Raptors To Push For No. 1 Seed In East

Jan 26, 2018 10:40 AM

Dwane Casey wants the Toronto Raptors to make a push for the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.

“He wants us to embrace chasing after that top seed and that’s what we have to do,” said Kyle Lowry. “As a group, as a team we want to embrace it and go after it and we’re focused on being a better team. I think that’s one thing that coach really wants for us, is to be focused on that and to continue to reach for that goal.”

It is unusual for Casey to publicly state a team goal.

“It’s always a target to try and get to the top and beat who is in front of us,” said Casey. “That’s what we should be playing for and working every day to get better for and not be satisfied with anything, whether it’s pick-and-roll defence, offensive execution, points, numbers. Whatever it is, whatever the individual goals and accomplishments are, we can’t be satisfied because there are a lot of areas where we can get better.

“[But the No. 1 seed] is important. One is the pride goal, to be the conference champion is a goal you should always aspire for, to get to the top, to get home-court advantage, to be the No. 1 team in the conference. You still have to win no matter if you’re one, two or three [seed], but that’s our goal, we want to put the pressure on ourselves to try and get there and chase Boston, to catch Boston and if we get there to hold it.”

Michael Grange/Sportsnet.ca

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Serge Ibaka, James Johnson Ejected After Exchanging Punches

Jan 10, 2018 9:45 AM

Serge Ibaka and James Johnson were ejected from Tuesday's game following a physical exchange in which they each threw a punch.

Johnson's appeared to throw a punch at Ibaka's jaw, while Ibaka's punch was at Johnson's chest.

“It was a physical moment. We were both trying to be physical. We overdid it,” Ibaka told The Athletic after the game. “In the moment, sometimes you cannot control (your emotions). But I did the best I could to not really punch him in the face, to not really throw a punch. Because the moment (we shoved each other) it was too late, I got ejected. I did my best to not to punch, to not throw a punch in the face. I tried the best I can. I’ve been there before. It can cost you two, three games suspension. I tried my best I could to avoid that.

“I hope the league can see I did that I didn’t punch him in the face and I didn’t deserve a suspension.”

Eric Koreen/The Athletic

Tags: Serge Ibaka, James Johnson, Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Curry Named Players Of The Week

Jan 8, 2018 3:03 PM

DeMar DeRozan and Stephen Curry have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

DeRozan averaged an NBA-high 35.7 points, 6.0 assists and 4.3 rebounds during three games last week. He shot .557 (34-for-61) from the field, .550 (11-for-20) from three-point range and .933 (28-for-30) at the free throw line.

During the week, Curry averaged 35.3 points (2nd in the NBA) on 53.3 percent shooting from the field (32-of-60) and 46.2 percent from beyond the arc (18-of-39), 6.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.66 steals in 33.7 minutes per contest.

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Raptors Finding Success With A Lot Of Similar Talents With Different Skill Sets

Jan 4, 2018 9:53 AM

The Raptors continue to be one of the NBA's best success stories this season. Dwane Casey was named Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for December following an 11-3 record.

The Raptors have one of the deepest teams in the league.

“Guys understand their roles, they’re filling their roles,” Casey said before the game. “We've got a lot of guys who are similar talents but different skill sets. We can use them at different junctures of the game and that’s good to have. … A lot of (similarly talented) players, different skill sets.”

One element the Raptors use that is unique is effectively playing a pair of backup point guards on the floor together in Delon Wright and Fred VanVleet.

“You’ve got to give credit to the coaching staff to say it doesn’t have to be either/or,” VanVleet said.

“We’ve seen it since training camp, them two going out there playing together and the dynamic that they bring, the toughness that they bring,” added DeMar DeRozan. “It shows. We love it. We’ve got to come up with a nickname. I’m gonna come up with a nickname for Delon and Freddy, for sure.”

“It’s great. Fred brings you one element of toughness, physicality, I thought he was a good matchup the other night and then there’s nights when Delon comes in, his creativity with the basketball, his passing out of situations brings another,” Casey said. “At the end of the day, you still got to be a scorer. We’ve had some games where it’s been what, 14, 13, 16 (points) whatever in the fourth quarter. We still have to be able to score when the game is on the line.”

Eric Koreen/The Athletic

Tags: Delon Wright, Fred VanVleet, Toronto Raptors, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Dwane Casey, Steve Kerr Named Coaches Of The Month
Dwane Casey guided the Raptors to an Eastern Conference-best 11-3 record during December.

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Serge Ibaka Suspended One Game For Altercation With Member Of Toronto's Staff
Serge Ibaka will miss Friday's game against the Hawks.

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Delon Wright Doesn't Need Surgery On Right Shoulder
Delon Wright will continue his rehabilitation with team medical officials.

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DeMar DeRozan, Karl-Anthony Towns Named NBA's Players Of The Week
DeMar DeRozan averaged 26.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.0 assists and shot .573 from the field during four games.

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Delon Wright Suffers Dislocated Right Shoulder
Delon Wright will consult with Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

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Kyle Lowry Had Interest In Signing With Spurs
San Antonio re-signed Patty Mills in free agency and also added Rudy Gay.

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Jonas Valanciunas Out Indefinitely With Sprained Left Ankle
Jonas Valanciunas landed on the foot of Dario Saric in the second quarter of Saturday night's game.

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Raptors Waive K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels was inactive for the first two games of the regular season.

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Raptors Exercise 18-19 Options On Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright
The Raptors have guaranteed the contracts of three Rookie Scale Contract players.

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Raptors Sign Davion Berry
Davion Berry has appeared in 56 career NBA G League games with the Maine Red Claws (2014-16) and Raptors 905 (2015-16).

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Raptors Waive Kennedy Meeks, Andy Rautins, Kyle Wiltjer
Andy Rautins and Kyle Wiltjer both appeared in three preseason games

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Norman Powell, Raptors Agree Upon Four-Year, $42M Extension
Norman Powell and the Raptors agreed upon an extension to avoid restricted free agency.

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K.J. McDaniels: Signing With Raptors An Amazing Opportunity
K.J. McDaniels will fill the role previously occupied by P.J. Tucker.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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Raptors Hire Former SI Writer Luke Winn As Director Of Prospect Strategy
Luke Winn brings with him an extensive knowledge of basketball prospects, having reported on college hoops since the 2004-05 season.

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Air Canada Centre To Be Renamed Scotiabank Arena
Air Canada Centre has been the name of the Raptors' arena for the past 18 years.

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Brazil Removes Bruno Caboclo From Team After He Refuses To Enter Game
Bruno Caboclo had played 9 minutes and 21 seconds in the first quarter.

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Raptors Sign K.J. McDaniels
K.J. McDaniels split last season between Houston and Brooklyn, averaging 4.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in 49 games.

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Raptors Sign Kyle Wiltjer
Kyle Wiltjer appeared in 14 games for the Rockets last season.

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of CLNS Media go in-depth on the NBA's Atlantic Division.

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