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Edward Rogers Tried To Block Raptors' Contract Offer To Masai Ujiri

Oct 25, 2021 10:40 AM

Edward Rogers tried to block the new contract the Toronto Raptors offered to Masai Ujiri, expressing a belief that he was not worth the size of the deal.

Rogers is the former chairman of Rogers Communications and is a board member of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. Rogers Communications owns a 37.5 percent stake of MLSE. Rival telecom BCE Inc. owns another 37.5 per cent and Larry Tanenbaum’s Kilmer Group controls the balance.

One NBA team’s offer included a three-percent ownership stake along with a salary that eclipsed the $15 million per year deal he ultimately struck with MLSE. Rogers was the holdout after Bell and Tanenbaum agreed to the Ujiri offer. Ujiri also received interest from English Premier League teams. 

Rogers said Sunday that he has the “utmost respect for Masai Ujiri,” citing his leadership, track record in scouting and building a roster, and his global citizenship. 

“Above all, I respect the man,” Rogers said. “Masai built an NBA Champion and I have every confidence in him and his team to do so again.”

Following a July meeting, Rogers called Ujiri and told him he wasn't worth the money he was being paid. The call left Ujiri feeling so angry and disrespected that he considered taking a year off as president of the Raptors. Others in the MLSE ranks went into damage control and reassured him he'd be protected from Rogers. 

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Raptors Exercise 22-23 Options On Precious Achiuwa, Malachi Flynn

Oct 19, 2021 10:25 PM

The Toronto Raptors have exercised the third-year team option on the rookie scale contracts of forward Precious Achiuwa and guard Malachi Flynn.

Achiuwa, 6-foot-8, 244 pounds, was acquired from the Miami Heat along with Goran Dragic as part of a sign-and-trade for Kyle Lowry. He averaged 5.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 12.1 minutes in 61 games (four starts) as a rookie last season. For his efforts, Achiuwa was named to the World Team roster for the 2021 NBA Rising Stars. He was picked 20th overall by Miami in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Flynn, 6-foot-1, 176 pounds, was selected 29th overall by the Raptors in the 2020 NBA Draft. He averaged 7.5 points, 2.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 19.7 minutes in 47 games (14 starts) during his rookie campaign. Flynn scored in double figures in 17 contests, including 20 or more on four times. He earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honours for April; posting averages of 12.7 points, 4.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 28.3 minutes in 15 games.

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Raptors Waive Freddie Gillespie, Reggie Perry

Oct 13, 2021 9:32 AM

The Toronto Raptors have waived Freddie Gillespie and Reggie Perry. Toronto now has 18 players on their preseason roster, with one waiver remaining to be regular season roster compliance.

Gillespie signed with the Raptors late in the 2020-21 season. After two 10 Day contracts, Gillespie inked a two-year deal with Toronto. In 20 appearances (two starts), Gillespie averaged 5.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and one block in 19.6 minutes per game.

Gillespie had $50,000 of his 2021-22 contract guaranteed. If he's not claimed off waivers, that amount will go on Toronto's books.

Perry played his rookie season on a Two-Way contract with the Brooklyn Nets. In 26 games, Perry averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in mostly mop-up duty for the Nets. Perry's deal with Toronto was a non-guaranteed training camp contract.

Perry and Gillespie are both candidates to play for Raptors 905 of the G League as Affiliate Players.

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Unvaccinated NBA Players Subject To Serious Penalty In Toronto If They Breach Quarantine

Oct 7, 2021 10:31 AM

NBA players have been informed that unvaccinated players who breach quarantine while in Toronto face a criminal offense.

Due to the ordinance in Toronto, unvaccinated players can only leave the hotel for team activities.

Violations of Canada's Quarantine Act could lead to up to six months in prison and/or $750,000 in fines. 

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Chris Boucher Out 3-4 Weeks With Surgery On Dislocated Finger

Oct 4, 2021 9:57 PM

Chris Boucher is expected to miss the next three to four weeks after having surgery to re-align a dislocated finger on his left hand.

Boucher signed a two-year, $13.5 million contract with the Raptors last November and will be an unrestricted free agent following the 21-22 season.

Boucher averaged 13.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in 24.2 minutes per game last season.

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Wolves, Pacers, Pistons, Raptors, Spurs Continue To Express Interest In Ben Simmons

Oct 2, 2021 4:33 PM

Several teams are still talking trades with the Philadelphia 76ers for disgruntled All-Star Ben Simmons. League sources indicate that the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and Toronto Raptors are still inquiring about trading for Simmons.

Cleveland, Minnesota and San Antonio have been linked to Simmons since he went on the block a couple of months ago. Toronto was also rumored to be involved, but had no interest in moving All-Star forward Pascal Siakam as part of a package for Simmons. It's unknown what level of interest Detroit or Indiana have.

It was recently reported that Philadelphia has not issued Simmons a payment of $8.25 million that was due on October 1. The Sixers have reportedly placed that amount in escrow and will deduct any fines Simmons incurs from that account.

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Raptors Still Hope To Trade Goran Dragic By Deadline

Sep 30, 2021 11:11 PM

Goran Dragic reported to the Toronto Raptors despite initially expressing a hope he would end up with a contending team following his trade from the Miami Heat.

According to TSN, the Raptors still hope to trade Dragic for an asset or two by the deadline.

“He's been fantastic,” Nick Nurse said. “I checked in with him after the trade, a few days after some of that stuff. We discussed possible roles, and he's just like, 'coach, whatever, I'm good’. He's very enjoyable to talk to. He's got a super high IQ. He loves the game, obviously, competes to win, plays smart. He's been really, really fun to have.”

Dragic addresses a need at the guard position as he could either play next to Fred VanVleet or he can also anchor a second unit.

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Raptors Sign Svi Mykhailiuk, Reggie Perry

Sep 21, 2021 1:56 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed guard-forward Svi Mykhailiuk to a multi-year contract and forward Reggie Perry. 

Mykhailiuk, 6-foot-8, 205 pounds, averaged 8.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 20.1 minutes in 66 games (14 starts) with Detroit and Oklahoma City last season. He shot .411 (208-506) from the field and .334 (105-314) from three-point range. Mykhailiuk scored in double figures 27 times, including 20 or more twice, and had a season-high 22 points March 31 against the Raptors.

A native of Cherkasy, Ukraine, Mykhailiuk was picked in the second round (47th overall) by the LA Lakers in the 2018 NBA Draft. He owns career averages of 7.3 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 18.5 minutes in 164 NBA games with Los Angeles, Detroit and Oklahoma City. Mykhailiuk played collegiately at Kansas (2014-18), where he broke the Jayhawks’ single-season record for three-pointers made (115) and earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors as a senior.

Perry, 6-foot-10, 250 pounds, was selected in the second round (57th overall) by the LA Clippers in the 2020 NBA Draft and his rights were traded to Brooklyn in a three-team deal with Detroit. In 26 games as a rookie with the Nets last season, he posted averages of 3.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 8.1 minutes. Perry scored in double figure three times and recorded his lone double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds Jan. 29 at Oklahoma City. He also appeared in five postseason games for Brooklyn, and averaged 18.1 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 28.8 minutes in 15 contests with the Long Island Nets in the NBA G League.

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Raptors Close To Deal With Alex Antetokounmpo

Sep 17, 2021 2:12 PM

The Toronto Raptors are close to signing Alex Antetokounmpo to a contract.

Antetokounmpo played high school basketball at Dominican High School in Wisconsin. He spent last season playing overseas before going undrafted this past year before latching on with the Sacramento Kings' Summer League squad. 

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Pascal Siakam Struggled With Lack Of Communication From Raptors On Being 'The Guy'

Sep 16, 2021 4:38 PM

After Pascal Siakam signed a maximum contract extension with the Toronto Raptors in 2019, he struggled with his place within the franchise.

"I think it’s growing, obviously," said Siakam to Sopan Deb of the New York Times.. "Because I just think that for me, I feel the love. Obviously, Masai, we go way back and I’ll always have a ton of respect for Masai and everything that he’s done for the continent [Africa].

"For me at that point when I started becoming that person, I just felt like there wasn’t that much level of communication, to be honest. And that was the only thing really that I felt. It was like, 'We got you the max contract, but are you the guy?' I think that’s something that I was struggling with."

Siakam was asked to clarify what he meant by the statement.

"Obviously, Kyle [Lowry] was there, being a point guard," said Siakam. "Kyle was, to me, always the greatest Raptor of all time. I think he was always like, 'I was the guy.' I had the contract, but I never really felt like I was the guy, to be honest."

Siakam was asked whether he wanted them to tell him 'you're the centerpiece that's going to take us to the repeat championship.'

"Yeah. I never really felt like there was that. And I think those conversations are happening now."

Siakam was also asked whether he was irritated by the way he surfaced in trade rumors.

"It didn’t bother me really, because I never really heard anything from the Raptors. Even all the news I was seeing it was never like: “Oh. The Raptors wanted to give up Siakam for this.” It was always like, 'The Warriors like Pascal,' or it was always, 'The Kings like Pascal,' or this. There was never nothing where it was like, 'The Raptors wanted to give away Pascal.'"

Sopan Deb/New York Times

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