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Pascal Siakam, CJ McCollum Named Players Of The Week

Nov 12, 2018 3:18 PM

Pascal Siakam and CJ McCollum have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Siakam averaged 20.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in Toronto's 3-0 week.

McCollum averaged 25.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Blazers as they also went 3-0.

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Norman Powell Out Indefinitely With Left Shoulder Injury

Nov 7, 2018 4:23 PM

Norman Powell is out indefinitely with a subluxation of the left shoulder. There is no timetable for his return to basketball activity.

Powell’s status will be updated as appropriate. The injury occurred in the second quarter of Monday night’s victory at Utah.

Powell is averaging 5.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 14.9 minutes in 11 games (two starts) this season.

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Kawhi Leonard Grew Up Liking Allen Iverson, Not The Lakers

Nov 5, 2018 10:52 AM

Kawhi Leonard grew up near Los Angeles during a successful run by the Lakers, but he wasn't a fan of the team.

"I wasn't at all," Leonard said Saturday. "My family was, but I wasn't.

"I liked Allen Iverson, I was an A.I. fan, so I didn't like the Lakers."

The Lakers played Iverson's 76ers in the 2001 Finals.

Leonard will be a free agent this offseason and has been linked with the Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

A survey of several league executives had the Lakers trailing in the competition to sign Leonard, even behind the Clippers.

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

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Raptors Exercise 19-20 Options On OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam

Oct 31, 2018 11:58 AM

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the third-year team option on the rookie scale contract of forward OG Anunoby and the fourth-year team option on the rookie scale contract of forward Pascal Siakam. The contracts for Anunoby and Siakam are now guaranteed through the 2019-20 season. 

Anunoby, 6-foot-8, 232 pounds, was selected by the Raptors with the 23rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. He has averaged 7.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 24.2 minutes in five games this season.

Anunoby averaged 5.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 20.0 minutes in 74 games (62 starts) last season. He ranked seventh among rookies in field goal percentage (.471) and sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.371). Anunoby scored in double figures 10 times with two 20-point performances.

Siakam, 6-foot-9, 230 pounds, is averaging 10.9 points 7.0 rebounds and 26.0 minutes in eight games (seven starts) this season. He set career highs with 22 points Oct. 29 at Milwaukee, and 15 rebounds Oct. 30 vs. Philadelphia.

Siakam was picked by Toronto 27th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft. He has averaged 6.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 19.1 minutes in 144 games (50 starts) with the Raptors.

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RealGM Radio: Seerat Sohi On the Raptors and Lakers

Oct 26, 2018 4:55 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Seerat Sohi of SB Nation (@SeeratSohi) discuss the Raptors and Lakers.

They talk about Toronto’s adjustments with new personnel and Nick Nurse as head coach, their potential this season, the Lakers’ figuring out who fits best with LeBron James and much more.

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Woj: Clippers Have Strong Chance Of Signing Kawhi Leonard

Oct 18, 2018 1:07 PM

Kawhi Leonard was linked to the Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers during the offseason when he was on the trade block as the destinations he preferred in his 2019 free agency.

"What the Clippers are doing right now is very below the radar," said Adrian Wojnarowski on his podcast with Zach Lowe. "What they've done to put themselves in position. They didn't gut themselves and they're not tanking. They're putting a competitive team on the floor.

"I think, right now, with Kawhi Leonard, they have a better than not chance of getting him. We know things will change. He could love Toronto."

Wojnarowski added that maybe the situation could change if the Raptors reach The Finals.

"The Clippers are in great position with (Leonard)," said Wojnarowski. "They have two max slots. They will be heard from again, I think, in these Jimmy Butler trade talks."

Wojnarowski added he believes the Clippers have done a good job in collecting hard playing role players that stars want to play with.

The Clippers have also been strongly linked with a pursuit of Kevin Durant in free agency.

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

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Kawhi Leonard Happy To Win Toronto Debut, Come Out Of Game Healthy

Oct 18, 2018 12:50 PM

Kawhi Leonard had 24 points on 22 shooting possessions in his regular season debut with the Toronto Raptors.

“I felt good,” said Leonard. “I’m happy we came out and got a win, and I came out of the game healthy, so it’s a win-win for me.

“It’s still early. It’s only the first game. We had a lot of mistakes on the defensive end that we can correct. Our offense was also stagnant sometimes tonight. But our skill level and focus and us playing very hard tonight got us the win.”

Leonard was asked how close he is to being the player he was before the quad issue.

“I can only see what’s in front of me right now and there’s nothing I’m looking back, saying I want to get back to that level. It’s about right now and what I need to do to be the best player for the Raptors, and that’s what my focus is.”

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Raptors Waive Deng Adel, Kyle Collinsworth, Kay Felder, Eric Moreland

Oct 12, 2018 2:12 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have waived forward Deng Adel, guards Kyle Collinsworth and Kay Felder and centre Eric Moreland.

Adel averaged 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 12.3 minutes in two preseason games. He recorded 13 points and three rebounds Oct. 5 against Melbourne United.

Collinsworth saw action in four preseason games with one start, totaling three points, four rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.

Felder averaged 7.7 points, 2.0 assists and 13.8 minutes in three preseason contests. He finished with 15 points and a team high-tying six assists Oct. 11 at New Orleans. 

Moreland appeared in three preseason games, averaging 4.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 13.6 minutes. He had 12 points and a team-high 12 rebounds Oct. 11 at New Orleans.

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Raptors Sign Chris Boucher To Two-Way Deal

Oct 12, 2018 2:11 PM

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to sign Chris Boucher to a two-way contract.

Boucher earned the two-way with a strong camp performance.

Boucher spent last season on a two-way deal with the Golden State Warriors.

Boucher totaled nine points, two rebounds, four blocks and 19 minutes in four games during the preseason. 

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Kyle Lowry Dodged Calls From Masai Ujiri, Nick Nurse During Offseason

Sep 25, 2018 3:01 PM

Leading to the start of training camp, sources say Kyle Lowry had been dodging calls and texts from team officials such as Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse. 

Lowry only spoke briefly with Nurse following his elevation to head coach in June.

Lowry also hadn't spoken with Kawhi Leonard until media day on Monday.

“I'm here to do my job,” said Lowry. “One thing about me is I’ve always been prepared to come in and try to win a championship. I’ve always been given an opportunity to go out there and do me, and come back ready to go, in shape, ready to play. My mindset never changes: Come to work for the Toronto Raptors, try to win a gold ball. That’s the same as it’s been since my first year here. That's been my sentiment: Trying to win a gold ball here.”

The Raptors felt Lowry's decision not to comment on their trade of DeMar DeRozan was not a concern as he's never made a habit of speaking to the media during the offseason.

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Tags: Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, NBA

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Kawhi Leonard: I Came To Raptors With An Open Mind
Kawhi Leonard said he plans to "play a long, healthy career; be happy wherever I land."

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Clippers Emerge As Frontrunner To Sign Kawhi Leonard In 2019
Kawhi Leonard will become a free agent in 2019 and is entering his first season with the Raptors.

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti on East Over-Unders
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti break down the over/unders for the Eastern Conference.

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Eric Moreland Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
Eric Moreland played in 67 games last season with the Pistons.

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Raptors To Sign Deng Adel To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Deng Adel had previously agreed to a camp deal with the Wolves.

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Raptors Sign Kyle Collinsworth To Partially Guaranteed Deal
Kyle Collinsworth played for the Mavericks last season.

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Kawhi Leonard Approaching Raptors With Open Mind
Jabari Young reports Kawhi Leonard will give his situation with the Raptors every opportunity to work.

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Kawhi Leonard Still Prefers To Sign With Lakers, Clippers
Kawhi Leonard can only sign a four-year, $141 million deal with a rival team.

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Raptors Hire Jeremy Castleberry As Player Development Coach
Jeremy Castleberry played basketball with Kawhi Leonard in high school and at San Diego State.

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Kay Felder Agrees To Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
Kay Felder will compete for Toronto's 15th roster spot.

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Bruce Bowen Won't Return As Clippers' Announcer Following Leonard Comments
Bruce Bowen was under contract with Fox Sports West, but the Clippers have significant input into the hiring of broadcasters.

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Kawhi Leonard To Play At San Antonio With Raptors On Jan. 3
The Spurs traded Kawhi Leonard to the Raptors in July.

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Kawhi Leonard Publishes Letter Thanking San Antonio
Several weeks after his trade to the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard has thanked San Antonio.

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Greg Monroe Agrees To One-Year, $2.2M Deal With Raptors
Greg Monroe finished last season with the Celtics.

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RealGM Radio: Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss On The Atlantic Division
Host Danny Leroux, Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post and Jared Weiss of The Athletic go in-depth on the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

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Raptors Interested In Greg Monroe
The Raptors have interest in signing a big man for their 14th roster spot.

Josh Lewenberg/TSN

Kawhi Leonard Very Engaged In 45-Minute Meeting With Nick Nurse
Kawhi Leonard discussed how he might be used in Toronto's offense.

Dave Feschuk/Toronto Star

Raptors Hire Adrian Griffin, Sergio Scariolo, Nate Bjorkgren, Phil Handy As Assistant Coaches
The Raptors have rounded out the coaching staff of Nick Nurse.

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DeMar DeRozan Talks About Trade From Raptors To Spurs
Less than a week after his trade from the Raptors to the Spurs, DeMar DeRozan sat down for an exclusive interview with Chris Haynes.

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Kawhi Leonard To Skip Team USA Minicamp
Before Kawhi Leonard's trade to the Raptors, he was expected to attend.

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