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Kawhi Leonard, Donovan Mitchell Named NBA's Players Of The Week

Jan 14, 2019 6:13 PM

Kawhi Leonard and Donovan Mitchell have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Leonard averaged 30.7 points and 8.7 rebounds while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, 47.1 percent from three and 82.4 percent from the free throw line. 

Mitchell averaged 31.5 points, 5.8 assists and 4.3 rebounds over the four games. Mitchell shot 48.4 percent from the field and 48.6 percent from beyond the arc

 

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NBA Clears Cavaliers Of Wrongdoing On Patrick McCaw Contract

Jan 14, 2019 6:10 PM

The NBA has cleared the Cleveland Cavaliers of wrongdoing with their contract of Patrick McCaw.

The Golden State Warriors requested the inquiry.

The Cavaliers signed McCaw as a restricted free agent to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet. McCaw was waived by the Cavaliers after three games before his contract was guaranteed.

McCaw later signed with the Toronto Raptors.

The NBA said it found "no violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement, including the anti-circumvention rules."

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Raptors Announce Patrick McCaw Signing

Jan 10, 2019 10:10 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have signed free-agent guard Patrick McCaw. 

McCaw has appeared in 131 career games with Golden State and Cleveland, averaging 3.9 points, 1.2 assists and 15.9 minutes. He also appeared in 21 playoff games (all with Golden State) and was a member of the Warriors’ 2018 and 2017 NBA Championship squads. McCaw scored a career-high 19 points Feb. 13, 2017 at Denver.

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Patrick McCaw To Sign With Raptors

Jan 9, 2019 6:31 PM

The Toronto Raptors are planning to sign Patrick McCaw for the rest of this season for the veteran's minimum of $786,000.

The 23-year-old was most recently waived by the Cavs earlier this week after signing a non-guaranteed 2-year, $6 million deal. 

The NBA is investigating the Cavs for possibility circumventing the salary cap after waiving McCaw. Most league executives are skeptical that the Cavs would be punished.

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Thunder Re-Signing Paul George Emboldened Raptors On Kawhi Leonard Trade

Jan 8, 2019 2:27 PM

The Toronto Raptors have privately admitted that the success of the Oklahoma City Thunder in convincing Paul George to re-sign with the team last offseason emboldened them to pursue their trade for Kawhi Leonard.

Executives from the Thunder credit the bond George formed with Russell Westbrook as the most significant factor in his decision.

Kyle Lowry has been more reluctant to play the role of recruiter. 

“Kawhi is an unbelievable basketball player,” said Lowry. “He just does him. There are a lot of things he can do talent-wise where you’re just like wow.”

Lowry says he and Leonard have become friendly.

Ujiri maintains a regular dialogue with Leonard, as well as his agent, Mitch Frankel, and his uncle Dennis Robertson.

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Masai Ujiri: I Have A Mandate To Win A Championship

Jan 8, 2019 2:19 PM

The Toronto Raptors have never dipped below 48 victories during the tenure of Masai Ujiri, but they also have yet to reach The Finals. The Raptors perhaps have their best opportunity with Kawhi Leonard and an excellent supporting cast.

“I have a mandate . . . to win a championship,” said Ujiri. “You can’t continue doing the same thing over and over again. We gave a chance to [that] team. We tried to build it as much as we can.”

The Raptors made a bold move in trading for Leonard, especially given how difficult of a person he has been to get a read on.

“We got as much information as we could, and we made a decision,” said Bobby Webster.

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Raptors Waive Lorenzo Brown

Jan 7, 2019 6:49 PM

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday they have waived guard Lorenzo Brown. He appeared in 40 games over two seasons with the Raptors averaging 2.2 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

Brown also appeared in 32 games with Raptors 905 during the 2017-18 season and was named the NBA G League MVP.

Toronto’s roster now stands at 15 players.

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Gregg Popovich 'Felt Badly' Over Kawhi Leonard Getting Booed By Fans

Jan 4, 2019 3:02 AM

Gregg Popovich stated that he felt badly for how Kawhi Leonard was received by the San Antonio crowd following their 125-107 win versus the Toronto Raptors. 

"I felt badly about it. Kawhi's a high-character guy. We all make decisions in our lives with what we're going to do with our futures, and he has that same right as any of us. So I felt badly, in all honesty," said Popovich.

Leonard was booed throughout the game, culminating with Spurs fans chanting "traitor" as Leonard shot free-throws in the second quarter. 

Leonard finished with 21 points and five assists. He and Popovich embraced following the game.

"I feel good except for losing the game. I'm glad I walked off the floor healthy. We got some things as a team to look at and get better at. But the past is the past and I'm still playing.I really won't reflect on what has happened until I retire. I just try to keep moving and get better on what we are doing," added Leonard. 

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Gregg Popovich Regrets Leadership Comments About Kawhi Leonard

Jan 3, 2019 10:40 PM

According to sources, Gregg Popovich regretted comments he made recently about Kawhi Leonard's leadership.

"Kawhi was a great player, but he wasn't a leader or anything," Popovich said of Leonard. "Manu [Ginobili] and Patty [Mills] were the leaders. Kawhi's talent will always be missed, but that leadership wasn't his deal at that time."

Popovich regretted the comments and also how they were perceived.

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Kawhi Leonard 'Focused On Opportunity' With Raptors, Not Free Agency

Jan 3, 2019 10:32 PM

Kawhi Leonard has declined to say what his priorities will be when he becomes a free agent this summer.

"I'm not thinking about that," he told ESPN. "I'm focused on right now, what this is bringing for me and focused on the opportunity that I have here and what we can do this season.

"Later down the road, that's when I'll make my decision."

Bobby Webster and Masai Ujiri are optimistic about their chances when Leonard does make his decision.

"When we came aboard six years ago, we wanted to bring this organization to a level where you can make this pitch," Webster said. "So you have strength in excellence around the organization -- the basketball side, the coaching staff, the medical and support staff, obviously ownership -- to where when we have a superstar player, an MVP-candidate-type player, now we can go to him and say, 'We are really confident in who we are, we're really proud of what we've built, and these are all the reasons why we think you should stay.'"

Leonard credited Toronto for working with him to gradually build himself back.

"Just coming into the season, I still wasn't going through training camp at 100 percent," Leonard said. "They definitely understood where I was and where I needed to get to, and just taking my time and they're taking their time with me and just making sure that everyone is healthy down the road in the playoffs. These games are just practices, to an extent. You're going through these 82 games trying to build the chemistry I'm talking about. That's what I'm focusing on."

Many executives believe Leonard will ultimately choose between the Raptors and Los Angeles Clippers.

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Gregg Popovich Not Interested In Rehashing Past With Kawhi Leonard
Kawhi Leonard will return to San Antonio for the first time on Thursday.

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Kyle Lowry Receives Injections For Back Soreness, No Timetable On Return
Lowry has missed the last four games with soreness in his lower back.

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Kawhi Leonard: Return Game In San Antonio Is Going To Be Fun
Leonard returns to San Antonio on Thursday for the first time since getting traded along with Danny Green last summer.

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Nick Nurse: Kawhi Leonard Will Start Playing Back-To-Back Games
Leonard has yet to play in both halves of a back-to-back this season.

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Kyle Lowry: 'No Read' On Whether Kawhi Leonard Re-Signs With Raptors
Lowry said he'll be happy for Leonard regardless of his decision in free agency this summer.

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Kawhi Leonard Has Been Focused On 'Home And L.A.'
Kawhi Leonard previously sought a trade from the Spurs to one of the two Los Angeles teams.

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Jonas Valanciunas Out Four Weeks With Surgery On Dislocated Thumb
Jonas Valanciunas suffered the injury in the first half of Toronto's win at the Warriors.

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Kawhi Leonard Focused On Basketball, Not Media
Kawhi Leonard is not bothered by what is said about him.

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Steph Curry Says Raptors Have 'A Little Bit Of Everything' After Loss
The Raptors, lead by Kyle Lowry's 23 points and 12 assists, beat the Warriors without Kawhi Leonard.

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Africa Has '10 Embiids Walking Around' According To Masai Ujiri
Joel Embiid was discovered at Luc Mbah a Moute's basketball camp in 2011.

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Masai Ujiri: I've Never Done Anything Wrong To Kyle Lowry
The relationship between Kyle Lowry and Masai Ujiri remains uncertain.

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Kay Felder Released By Raptors 905 After Domestic Violence Charge
Kay Felder had been averaging 18.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 11 games for Raptors 905 this season.

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Doc Rivers, Nick Nurse Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month For Oct, Nov
Nick Nurse led Toronto to an NBA-best 19-4 record.

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Kawhi Leonard, Paul Millsap Named NBA Players Of The Week
Paul Millsap averaged 21.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game as the Nuggets went 2-0.

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Kyle Lowry Sits Out Cavs Game With Back Injury, Return Unknown
Raptors coach Nick Nurse offered no details about the severity of his injury or a return date.

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Kawhi Leonard Agrees To Endorsement Deal With New Balance
Kawhi Leonard turned down an extension with Jordan Brand earlier this year.

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Nick Nurse Commends Kawhi Leonard's Leadership
Kawhi Leonard said he had heard about Gregg Popovich's comments, but hadn't read them.

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Gregg Popovich: Kawhi Leonard Wasn't A Leader For Spurs
Gregg Popovich spoke candidly about Kawhi Leonard when asked about the importance of Patty Mills' leadership.

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Pascal Siakam, CJ McCollum Named Players Of The Week
Pascal Siakam averaged 20.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in Toronto's 3-0 week.

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Norman Powell Out Indefinitely With Left Shoulder Injury
Norman Powell is out indefinitely with a subluxation of the left shoulder.

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