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Raptors Sign Kyle Wiltjer

Aug 15, 2017 3:46 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed forward Kyle Wiltjer.

Wiltjer, 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, appeared in 14 games for the Houston Rockets last season, totaling 13 points and 10 rebounds in 44 minutes of action. He also averaged 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 35.9 minutes in 22 contests for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA G League. He shot .379 (81-for-214) from three-point range with the Vipers.    

Wiltjer signed with the Rockets as an undrafted free agent in September 2016. He played two collegiate seasons at Kentucky (2011-13) before transferring to Gonzaga (2014-16), where he averaged a team-high 20.4 points during his senior season. Wiltjer was named All-West Coast Conference First Team as a junior and senior.

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RealGM Radio: Atlantic Division With Tim Bontemps, Jared Weiss

Aug 11, 2017 2:54 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post (@TimBontemps) and Jared Weiss of CLNS Media and CelticsBlog (@JaredWeissNBA) go in-depth on the NBA’s Atlantic Division.

They discuss how the Celtics, 76ers, Raptors, Knicks and Nets fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Masai Ujiri: Our Job Is To Beat LeBron James

Jul 27, 2017 11:34 AM

The Toronto Raptors kept part of their core together this offseason in re-signing Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka, though they lost DeMarre Carroll, Cory Joseph, Patrick Patterson and P.J. Tucker. Toronto acquired C.J. Miles in the Joseph trade.

Masai Ujiri's moves were with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in mind.

“Our job is to beat him,” Ujiri recently told The Vertical. “You have to figure it out. If not, then go play in some other league or something. Go play in Greece. Our jobs, and the jobs of the players, [are] to figure out how to beat those guys. If not, you might as well give them the championship before it starts. I understand how good he is and I understand how good those teams are, but those things end. At some point, somewhere, somehow, we as leaders of our group, we have to figure out a way and motivate our players and give them the confidence to go out there and compete.”

Toronto was swept by the Cavaliers in the second round of the playoffs. 

“I don’t think we took a step back. I don’t like making excuses, but many things didn’t line up well. That was not a good feel,” Ujiri told The Vertical. “There’s no excuses for us. Cleveland was better than us at the time, so we have to regroup, come back and try to get a training camp out of it and grow from there. … There were times when our team was a little funky and we couldn’t get it together. You have to dig in-depth and find out what went wrong, and some of it, I think, it was complacency sometimes. Sometimes, it was chemistry. And sometimes, it was our style of play. Sometimes, it was us, individually. When we go back to the drawing board and address those issues with everybody, and everybody figures out, ‘This is what I didn’t do so well,’ and, ‘This is what we didn’t do so well.'”

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Raptors Sign Lorenzo Brown To Two-Way Contract

Jul 25, 2017 2:10 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed Lorenzo Brown to a two-way contract.

Brown split the 16-17 season between China and the G-League.

Brown, 6-foot-5, 189 pounds, is averaging 3.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 63 career NBA games with Philadelphia (2013-14), Minnesota (2014-15) and Phoenix (2015-16). He has also appeared in games for the Delaware 87ers (2013-14), Springfield Armor (2013-14) and Grand Rapids Drive (2014-17) of the NBA G League.  

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Raptors To Play DeMar DeRozan More At Point Guard

Jul 20, 2017 9:51 PM

Dwane Casey plans on allowing DeMar DeRozan to spend more time at point guard during the 17-18 season.

“We got to have a better mentality of ball movement, man movement and spacing,” Casey said on Wednesday while on The Andrew Walker Show on Sportsnet 590 The FAN.

“DeMar DeRozan, have him handle the ball a bit more as a point guard, a facilitator, a passer. Kyle Lowry moving the ball a bit more, spacing up. We don’t want to give our whole ‘what we’re going to try to do next year’ away, but again it comes down to passing the basketball and better spacing more so, than we know, one-on-one play.”

DeRozan played the role of facilitator while Lowry was out injured during the regular season.

“Everyone and their brother knows we want better ball movement,” said Casey.

Casey also wants the Raptors to rediscover their edge.

“We want to get that edge back, get that two-by-four I call it back on our shoulder, where you’re feeling hungry again,” said Casey. “I thought last year from a media standpoint, team standpoint, playing standpoint, coaching standpoint, front office standpoint, we got a little complacent. A little soft, so to speak. We’ve got to get that edge back to compete for a championship.”

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Raptors Sign Kennedy Meeks

Jul 18, 2017 4:24 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced they have signed forward Kennedy Meeks to a contract. 

Meeks, 6-foot-10, 277 pounds, recently participated with the Raptors’ entry in NBA Summer League 2017 in Las Vegas, averaging 11.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 15.5 minutes in four games. 

Meeks played four seasons at North Carolina (2013-17), averaging 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.1 blocks and 21.3 minutes in 144 games. He ranks fifth all-time in school history in rebounds (1,052). As a senior, Meeks helped the Tar heels win the national championship. He averaged career highs in points (12.5), rebounds (9.5) and minutes (24.3) in 40 games. 

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Malcolm Miller Undergoes Ankle Surgery

Jul 18, 2017 12:28 PM

Malcolm Miller underwent ankle arthroscopy for debridement after sustaining a sprained right ankle July 5 during an NBA Summer League practice in Las Vegas. The procedure was performed by Dr. Richard Ferkel in Los Angeles. Miller is expected to miss the next 12 weeks. 

Miller, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, signed the team’s first two-way contract July 9 after participating in the Toronto Raptors’ free agent camp June 15-16. He averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 18.7 minutes in 29 games last season for Alba Berlin of the German Bundesliga.

In 2015-16, he averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 31.9 minutes in 47 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League and was second on the team with 84 made three-pointers.

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DeMarre Carroll: Raptors Have A Lot Of Guys Who Don't Trust Each Other

Jul 11, 2017 11:53 AM

DeMarre Carroll spoke candidly about his tenure with the Toronto Raptors following his trade to the Brooklyn Nets.

“They say they’re going to try something different, I would love to see it (work). It’s always good to do it,” he said, adding he believes they will start the season trying to stick to the new plan.

“But once adversity hits and stuff starts going wrong, guys are going to go back to ISO basketball, that’s how it is. You’ve got to trust it. It’s one of those things you’ve got to build, you’ve just got to trust each other. This year, I feel like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other and a lot of guys, they didn’t feel like other guys could produce or (be) given the opportunity, so there was a lot of lack of trust on our team, so that’s what hindered us from going (as far as they wanted to go).”

Carroll was surprised he wasn't traded last season.

“I wasn’t surprised because I knew it was a lot of things going on last year that didn’t come out,” Carroll said.

“I wasn’t happy, my agent, we thought the style of ball was going to be different, it was going to be more team-oriented, but I guess it was still ISO (isolation), so I thought they would have moved me last year, but that didn’t happen.”

Ryan Wolstat/Toronto Sun

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Raptors Sign Malcolm Miller To Two-Way Contract, Alfonzo McKinnie To Multi-Year Deal

Jul 9, 2017 7:08 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Sunday they have signed guard-forward Malcolm Miller to a two-way contract and forward Alfonzo McKinnie to a multi-year contract. 

Miller, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, averaged 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 18.7 minutes in 29 games last season for Alba Berlin of the German Bundesliga. In 2015-16, he averaged 12.4 points, 4.2 rebounds and 31.9 minutes in 47 games for the Maine Red Claws of the NBA G League and was second on the team with 84 made three-pointers.

McKinnie, 6-foot-8, 215 pounds, averaged 14.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and 30.5 minutes in 50 games last season for the Windy City Bulls of the NBA G League. He reached double-figure scoring 41 times, including a season-high 29 points March 4 versus Sioux Falls. The Chicago, Illinois native was named to the 2017 NBA G League All-Star Game in New Orleans and scored 16 points in 22 minutes of action.

McKinnie won a silver medal for USA Basketball at the 2016 FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Guangzhou, China. He split the 2015-16 season between the East Side Pirates (Luxembourg) and Heromsillo (Mexico), where he averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 26.0 minutes in 24 games.

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Raptors To Waive And Stretch Justin Hamilton

Jul 9, 2017 6:08 PM

The Toronto Raptors will waive and stretch Justin Hamilton.

The Raptors agreed to acquire Hamilton as part of the DeMarre Carroll salary dump trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

Toronto will have a $1 million cap hit over the next three years. The Raptors are now $2.5 million below the tax.

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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.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

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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Raptors 'Toying With Idea Of Going Young'
Masai Ujiri has been discussing their options with ownership about whether to re-sign some combination of Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson and Serge Ibaka.

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Amir Johnson Expected To Receive Interest From Bulls, Raptors, Nets
Amir Johnson is coming off a two-year contract with the Celtics.

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Knicks Unlikely To Request Permission To Speak With Masai Ujiri
Masai Ujiri recently signed an extension with the Raptors and the Knicks would likely need to send draft and cash compensation to Toronto.

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Report: Knicks Confident They Will Hire Masai Ujiri Away From Raptors
Sources say Masai Ujiri will be allowed to leave the Raptors if he makes that decision.

Bruce Arthur/Toronto Star

Raptors Promote Bobby Webster, Dan Tolzman, Keith Boyarsky
Bobby Webster came to the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for the previous seven seasons in the NBA's CBA group.

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Knicks Targeting Masai Ujiri For President Of Basketball Operations Job
James Dolan has known to be fond of Masai Ujiri for several years.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Raptors Promote Bobby Webster To General Manager
Bobby Webster will be the youngest GM in the NBA at the age of 32 as he will replace Jeff Weltman.

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Kennedy Meeks Signs Partially Guaranteed Deal With Raptors
Kennedy Meeks averaged 12.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior for the Tar Heels.

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Raptors Pursuing Jonas Valanciunas Trade Scenarios
Jonas Valanciunas signed a four-year, $64 million extension with the Raptors in 2015.

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Rival Teams Have Been Told Kyle Lowry Has 'Zero Interest' In Re-Signing With Raptors
Rival teams were being told Kyle Lowry had "zero interest" in returning to Toronto as recently as mid-May.

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