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Border Between U.S., Canada Closed For All Non-Essential Travel

May 20, 2020 1:48 AM

The U.S. and Canada agreed to close off their border to all non-essential travel through at least June 21st.

Raptors general manager Bobby Webster previously said that half of the team is currently in Toronto.

Webster added that any Raptors player re-entering Canada would have to abide by its quarantine rules.

There is currently a required 14-day quarantine for all individuals entering Canada.

Vital healthcare workers and individuals working in trade and commerce are exempt from the restrictions. 

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Landry Fields Calls Toronto's 2012 Offer 'Beyond What We Would Have Thought Would Be A Home Run'

May 15, 2020 11:29 AM

Landry Fields asked for clarification from his agent when the Toronto Raptors offered him a three-year, $18.8 million contract as a restricted free agent in 2012.

“Wait, did you say eight or 18?” Fields remembers asking his agent Chris Emens.

Emens had said 18.

“That number was way beyond what we would have thought would be a home run for me in free agency,” Fields said. “Eight would have been like, ‘OK, cool. I’m good.’ But that, for me, was an absolute home run.”

The Raptors and New York Knicks were both also competing to sign Steve Nash, so Toronto thought they would improve their chances to sign Nash by removing Fields from the Knicks. Nash instead decided to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

“To this day, I haven’t even really looked into it, to be honest,” Fields said. “That’s what they offered me, so how they got there, I’m not really concerned with. My agent was over the moon and we were both ecstatic about it. I was just super grateful that they would have that belief in me to give me that contract at this number, and then also tell me their vision for me as a player. I was just like, ‘Wow, this is unbelievable.'”

Fields ended up playing in just 107 games with the Raptors over three seasons as he dealt with a nerve issue that persists to this day.

“It was absolute hell for me,” he said. “The injuries are one thing, and not knowing what to even do about it, and not having any doctor tell you it’s this or it’s that. Now you’re juggling expectations of fans or maybe even a front office. And sometimes you can see frustration.

“At that point in time, fans, and their faces, it made way too much of an impact on my mental life. They’re like, ‘Oh, like it was a waste of money.’ I saw a lot of credence given to those voices and people saying, ‘I told you so.'”

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Draymond Green: Raptors Wouldn't Have Stood A Chance If Kevin Durant Didn't Get Hurt

Apr 23, 2020 7:41 PM

Draymond Green believes the Golden State Warriors would have comfortably defeated the Toronto Raptors in last year's Finals if Kevin Durant wasn't injured.

"Once we got Kevin, we were f--king unstoppable," Green said of signing Durant in 2016. "Even losing last year, Kevin don't get hurt—you seen the game he came back in Game 5, I looked up, it was like six minutes to go, we had like 40 points in the first quarter—and so they wouldn't have stood a chance if Kevin didn't get hurt."

Durant suffered a calf strain during Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals and returned approximately one month later for Game 5 of The Finals. Durant suffered a torn Achilles in the second quarter.

The Raptors went on to beat the Warriors in six games in The Finals.

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Fred VanVleet: Everybody Is Just Preparing For Worst-Case Scenario Of Canceled Season

Apr 22, 2020 11:06 PM

Fred VanVleet is skeptical of the NBA resuming the 19-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think everybody is just preparing for the worst-case scenario, the season being canceled," Van Vleet said in a conference call Wednesday. "We have to do what we have to do to try to shoulder the hit as best we can for us as players and owners and the league, while also working to try to resume as best we can."

VanVleet is a self-described skeptic.

"If our league is going to be a leader in terms of public health and public safety and player safety, you've got to follow the guidelines of what the virus is speaking to you, so the odds are probably against us in terms of that," VanVleet added. "But money, right? So, I think they'll find a way somehow, some way and try to make it happen. I could definitely see it going either way. I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't come back and I wouldn't be surprised if we do come back."

VanVleet will be a free agent this offseason.

 

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Masai Ujiri Says 'Still Plenty Of Work To Be Done' In Repairing Relationship With DeMar DeRozan

Apr 14, 2020 1:31 AM

Masai Ujiri said while his relationship with Dwane Casey has improved, he still has to do "plenty of work" in repairing his relationship with DeMar DeRozan.

"It's not easy. If you have that human part of you, you feel it in your heart. ... With Casey, it has gotten so much better now with his family and him. With DeMar there is still plenty of work to be done. But, by the grace of God, it will all get better. We have to continue to make these decisions that are tough. But that's the business of basketball, and the position that we are in," Ujiri told Ernie Johnson in an interview.

Ujiri fired Casey and traded DeRozan in the 2018 offseason.

He admitted that transactions put a strain on personal relationships.

"I always say that the two hardest things in our world, in our business, is trading a player and then when a player leaves, if a player leaves in free agency. And it's hard on both sides. When a player is traded, it is hard on the player side, and when a player leaves, like us [with Leonard last summer], it is hard on that side. I've experienced all of it, from wonderful people. It sometimes puts a strain on relationships, as we saw with DeMar," said Ujiri.

Ujiri also expressed his support for how Adam Silver is handling the situation surrounding COVID-19, and that he was optimistic that the season would return.

"I know with all the input his leadership team with the NBA, and how he directs it, we will come up with something great. He's taking all our input. I am confident that we'll get back playing in some kind of way. We miss the game, man. We miss sports. We miss the game."

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Bobby Webster, Adam Simon Unlikely To Leave Current Teams Amid Interest From Bulls

Apr 6, 2020 4:19 PM

The Chicago Bulls are unlikely to interview Bobby Webster or Adam Simon to run their front office.

Webster and Simon were identified as candidates but both are expected to remain with their existing teams.

Webster is reportedly in line for a new deal with the Toronto Raptors. Simon, meanwhile, grew up in Miami and is well respected by Pat Riley.

Chad Buchanan also withdrew from consideration.

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Bobby Webster, Arturas Karnisovas Emerge As Candidates To Run Bulls' Basketball Ops

Apr 3, 2020 3:32 PM

Bobby Webster and Arturas Karnisovas have emerged as candidates to become the top basketball executive of the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls will conduct interviews next week electronically.

Webster was promoted to general manager of the Raptors in 2017. Webster worked in the league office from 2006 until 2013 when he joined the Raptors.

Karnisovas is currently a member of the Denver Nuggets' front office and has also worked for the Houston Rockets and in the league office.

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Nick Nurse Remains '100 Percent Committed' To Coaching Canada

Apr 3, 2020 3:16 PM

Nick Nurse remains "100 percent committed" to coach of Canada for the Tokyo Olympics.

Canada was scheduled to host a last-chance qualifying tournament in Victoria this June, but that has been postponed.

It's disappointing, but I can wait," Nurse said Friday. "Let's put it in perspective. It's not nearly as disappointing as what's happening around in daily life."

Nurse was an assistant coach for the British team at the 2012 Olympics in London.

 

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Masai Ujiri, Nick Nurse Haven't Held Discussion Talks With Raptors

Apr 1, 2020 9:54 PM

The Toronto Raptors have not used the current suspension of the NBA to season to discuss possible contract extensions for Masai Ujiri and Nick Nurse.

Both Ujiri and Nurse are currently scheduled to be on expiring contracts in 20-21. Ujiri would obviously handle any extension talks with Nurse, while his own talks would be with MLSE.

The future of Ujiri with the Raptors is believed to be more certain after the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks hired other executives to run their respective front offices.

“I’m fine. … (My contract) is honestly like the last thing on my mind. I miss the game, man. Like I miss it. I miss basketball. If you have concern, I’m concerned for my team, I’m concerned for my family, I’m concerned for the world.”

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Deputy Suing Masai Ujiri Previously Arrested, Convicted Of Insurance Fraud

Mar 16, 2020 9:00 AM

The Alameda County Sheriff deputy who had an altercation with Masai Ujiri after Game 6 of last year's Finals was previously arrested and convicted of insurance fraud.

San Mateo County court records show that Alan Francis Strickland was charged with felony insurance fraud and making false statements on March 31, 1994.

Strickland filed a lawsuit against Ujiri last month alleging assault and battery along with physical injuries to his head, jaw, chin and teeth.

The Raptors countered the deputy’s claims are “baseless and without merit.” Ujiri told the Globe and Mail last month that the suit was "malicious" especially since no criminal charges were filed against him, and he was sure the "truth will come out."

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All Members Of Raptors' Organization Test Negative For COVID-19

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Raptors' Travel Party Test Negative For COVID-19

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Players From Cavs, Knicks, Raptors, Celtics, Pistons Told To Self-Quarantine

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Norman Powell Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle

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Norman Powell, LeBron James Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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Raptors Superfan Nav Bhatia Honored At Basketball Hall Of Fame

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Nick Nurse After Raptors' 15th Straight Win: 'We're Getting Everybody's A-Plus Game'

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Masai Ujiri Viewed Knicks As Viable Destination

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James Dolan May Have Already Moved On From Pursuit Of Masai Ujiri

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Stein: Masai Ujiri 'Intends To Maneuver His Way To Knicks'

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Knicks Targeting Masai Ujiri To Eventually Run Franchise

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Nick Nurse, Taylor Jenkins Named NBA's Coaches Of The Month For January

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Norman Powell Out Indefinitely With Fractured Finger

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Damian Lillard, Pascal Siakam Named NBA's Players Of The Week

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Long Island Nets Acquire Justin Anderson From Raptors 905 For Henry Ellenson

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Justin Anderson Re-Signs With Raptors 905

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Raptors Waive Shamorie Ponds

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Pascal Siakam Could Return Next Week, Norman Powell Expected To Play On Sunday

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Hawks Agree To Sign Paul Watson To 10-Day Contract

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Nick Nurse: Difference Between 25th Player In Draft And 95th Is Getting Thinner

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