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Raptors Exercise 18-19 Options On Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam, Delon Wright

Oct 16, 2017 3:10 PM

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the third-year team options on the Rookie Scale Contracts of center Jakob Poeltl and forward Pascal Siakam and the fourth-year team option on the Rookie Scale Contract of guard Delon Wright.

The contracts for Poeltl, Siakam and Wright are now guaranteed through the 2018-19 season. In accordance with the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Raptors had until October 31 to exercise their option on all three players.

Poeltl, 7-foot, 248 pounds, was selected by the Raptors with the ninth overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He averaged 3.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 0.4 blocks and 11.6 minutes in 54 games last season. Poeltl scored in double figures three times and led the team in rebounds twice.

Siakam, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, was the 27th overall pick by the Raptors in the 2016 NBA Draft. He posted averages of 4.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks and 15.6 minutes in 55 games (38 starts) last season. Siakam was also named NBA G League Finals MVP after helping Raptors 905 defeat Rio Grande Valley in The Finals, averaging 23.0 points and 9.0 rebounds over the three-game series.

Wright, 6-foot-5, 183 pounds was chosen by Toronto with the 20th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. He averaged 5.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 16.5 minutes in 27 games last season. Wright scored in double digits seven times and paced the club in assists on five occasions. He missed the first 41 games (October 26 - January 17) following right shoulder surgery. Wright is averaging 4.7 points, 1.6 rebound, 1.6 assists and 12.5 minutes in 54 career games.

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Raptors Sign Davion Berry

Oct 11, 2017 12:26 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed guard Davion Berry. 

Berry, 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, has appeared in 56 career NBA G League games with the Maine Red Claws (2014-16) and Raptors 905 (2015-16), averaging 9.4 points, 2.9 assists and 24.0 minutes. He has also played professionally in Germany (2016-17), Greece (2016-17), South Korea (2015-16) and Italy (2014-15).

Berry played two collegiate seasons at Cal State Monterey Bay (2009-11) before transferring to Weber State (2012-14). He averaged 17.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 32.6 minutes in 68 career games with the Wildcats and twice earned Big Sky All-Conference First Team honours.

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Raptors Waive Kennedy Meeks, Andy Rautins, Kyle Wiltjer

Oct 7, 2017 10:05 PM

The Toronto Raptors have waived centre Kennedy Meeks, guard Andy Rautins and forward Kyle Wiltjer.

Rautins and Wiltjer both appeared in three preseason games while Meeks made his lone appearance October 4 against the Los Angeles Clippers in Hawaii.

Toronto’s roster now stands at 17 players.

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Norman Powell, Raptors Agree Upon Four-Year, $42M Extension

Oct 5, 2017 2:25 PM

The Toronto Raptors and Norman Powell have agreed upon a four-year, $42 million contract extension. 

The Miami Heat and Josh Richardson also agreed upon a four-year, $42 million extension. 

Powell has a player option in Year 4. 

Powell was a second round pick in 2015. 

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K.J. McDaniels: Signing With Raptors An Amazing Opportunity

Oct 3, 2017 11:57 AM

K.J. McDaniels became a free agent this past offseason after the Brooklyn Nets declined their team option on his deal.

McDaniels ultimately signed with the Toronto Raptors where he'll fill the role previously occupied by P.J. Tucker.

"It was amazing to get a call from Toronto because I was always a big Vince Carter fan, a big DeMar DeRozan fan, and I like the way they play," said McDaniels. "This is a team that’s already amazing, already a contender. It’s an amazing opportunity. I feel like I can bring defense, energy and a lot of athleticism. I want to provide a big spark coming off of the bench. I take a lot of pride in my defense; I’m going to be a flea, a tick, when I’m out there. I’ll challenge shots and be aggressive."

McDaniels will give the Raptors defense off the bench.

"Most definitely," said McDaniels about filling Tucker's role. "I can guard some of the main scorers from other teams, which can take that load off of DeMar and Kyle Lowry. They’re great defenders too, but I definitely want to be that guy who can take that load off of them and let them really get busy [scoring the ball]. I feel like I can match up with anyone, including those high-caliber guys. I have that confidence in myself. It’s a challenge, but I love it. I know guarding those guys will keep making me a better defender. I just try to make each basket really hard for those guys. When you’re on a team with multiple All-Stars, you have to find ways to make plays and I think I can contribute by challenging those guys.


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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 21, 2017 12:43 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Bulls (2:38), Hawks (8:04), Nets (12:18), Knicks (16:42), Pacers (23:09), Magic (30:03), Pistons (37:10), 76ers (44:03), Hornets (57:50), Heat (1:03:04), Bucks (1:08:44), Wizards (1:22:04), Raptors (1:28:30), Cavs (1:35:52) and Celtics (1:52:18).

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Raptors Hire Former SI Writer Luke Winn As Director Of Prospect Strategy

Sep 8, 2017 3:11 PM

The Toronto Raptors have named Luke Winn as the club’s Director, Prospect Strategy. Winn joins the Raptors after working at Sports Illustrated for the past 15 years, most recently as a senior writer covering college basketball.

Winn brings with him an extensive knowledge of basketball prospects, having reported on college hoops since the 2004-05 season, as well as numerous international events. His work at SI included in-depth player features and original analytics research.

For the Raptors, Winn will research and scout draft prospects, and provide input on personnel decisions.

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Air Canada Centre To Be Renamed Scotiabank Arena

Aug 29, 2017 6:44 PM

Scotiabank and Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment (MLSE) announced an expanded sponsorship and philanthropic partnership which will see the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors transformed into the Scotiabank Arena in July, 2018.

This 20-year strategic partnership also includes new philanthropic opportunities with the MLSE Foundation, and a digital collaboration between MLSE and the Scotiabank Digital Factory.

“We have always sought new and innovative partnerships with the goal of building strong and enduring communities,” said Brian Porter, Scotiabank’s President and CEO. “Today’s announcement is an extension of Scotiabank’s unwavering love of sports and our commitment to help young people reach their full potential. We believe that MLSE is an ideal partner for Scotiabank to reach our objectives.”

“For the past 18 years, Air Canada Centre has not only been home to the Maple Leafs and Raptors, it has also hosted hundreds of the most popular concerts and events in the industry, helping contribute to Toronto’s well-deserved reputation as one of the top sports and entertainment destinations in the world,” said Larry Tanenbaum, Chairman of the Board for MLSE. “We are grateful to Scotiabank for their continued support and this expanded partnership as we look ahead to what we expect to be 20 of the most exciting years in Toronto sports and entertainment history.”

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Brazil Removes Bruno Caboclo From Team After He Refuses To Enter Game

Aug 27, 2017 11:07 AM

Bruno Caboclo has been indefinitely removed from the Brazil National Team after he refused to enter the second quarter of an AmeriCup game.

Caboclo had played 9 minutes and 21 seconds in the first quarter. When Caboclo was asked to return to the game, he refused to enter.

“Bruno Caboclo committed an act of indiscipline refusing to enter on the court when the coach requested him to do that. We cannot allow any player to commit any act of indiscipline while wearing the jersey of the Brazilian National Team,” said manager Renato Lamas.

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Raptors Sign K.J. McDaniels

Aug 22, 2017 12:27 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed forward K.J. McDaniels. 

McDaniels, 6-foot-6, 205 pounds, split last season between Houston and Brooklyn, averaging 4.2 points, 1.7 rebounds and 10.3 minutes in 49 games. He scored in double figures eight times, including a season-high 16 points March 23 versus Phoenix. McDaniels was acquired by the Nets on February 23 from the Rockets.

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, McDaniels owns career averages of 5.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 14.1 minutes in 148 career games (16 starts) with Philadelphia, Houston and Brooklyn. He was picked 32nd overall by the Sixers in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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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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Masai Ujiri: Our Job Is To Beat LeBron James
The Raptors kept part of their core together this offseason in re-signing Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka.

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Raptors Sign Lorenzo Brown To Two-Way Contract
Lorenzo Brown split the 16-17 season between China and the G-League.

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Raptors To Play DeMar DeRozan More At Point Guard
DeMar DeRozan played the role of facilitator while Kyle Lowry was out injured during the regular season.

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Raptors Sign Kennedy Meeks
Kennedy Meeks averaged 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 15.5 minutes in four games in Summer League.

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Malcolm Miller Undergoes Ankle Surgery
Malcolm Miller is expected to miss the next 12 weeks.

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DeMarre Carroll: Raptors Have A Lot Of Guys Who Don't Trust Each Other
DeMarre Carroll was surprised he wasn't traded last season.

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

Raptors Sign Malcolm Miller To Two-Way Contract, Alfonzo McKinnie To Multi-Year Deal
Malcolm Miller averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 18.7 minutes in 29 games last season for Alba Berlin of the German Bundesliga.

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Raptors To Waive And Stretch Justin Hamilton
The Raptors agreed to acquire Justin Hamilton as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade with the Nets.

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Raptors, Pacers Agree To Cory Joseph For C.J. Miles Sign-And-Trade
C.J. Miles is a free agent this offseason.

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Raptors Trade DeMarre Carroll, 2018 1st, 2nd To Nets For Justin Hamilton
DeMarre Carroll was owed $30 million over the next two seasons.

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Raptors Agree To Three-Year, $11.7M Deal With Sun Life On Jersey Sponsorship
MLSE chief commercial officer Dave Hopkinson said he was looking for a partner that preferably was based in Canada.

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Patrick Patterson Agrees To Three-Year, $16.4M Deal With Thunder
Oklahoma City had a major need at power forward.

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Kyle Lowry Agrees To Re-Sign With Raptors On Three-Year, $100M Deal
Kyle Lowry has announced he will re-sign with the Toronto Raptors.

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Serge Ibaka Agrees To Re-Sign With Raptors On Three-Year, $65M Deal
Serge Ibaka has agreed to re-sign with the Raptors on a three-year, $65 million contract.

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Pacers Discuss Cory Joseph Trade With Raptors
The Raptors are looking to clear salary with the possibility of re-signing Kyle Lowry to a significant raise as well as Serge Ibaka.

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P.J. Tucker Agrees To Four-Year, $32M Deal With Rockets
The Rockets have agreed upon a deal with P.J. Tucker.

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Kyle Lowry Could Receive Three-Year Deal From Raptors
Kyle Lowry's annual average could be approximately $27 million.

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Serge Ibaka Responds To Age Discrepancy Rumors
Serge Ibaka has responded to rumors about his age that have followed him for many years.

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