RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Watch: Jakob Poeltl opens up in this quick-fire interview

Wait, he has a crush on Jennifer Aniston? Jakob Poeltl is going to fit right in in Toronto. Though he can't (yet) name the city's tallest structure, he seems like a good natured kid who will endear himself to fans. Check out this fun video, via the Toronto Raptors. Welcome to The North, Jakob! (h/t Raptors)
Via Raptors HQ
42 minutes ago

Raptors Jakob Poeltl Highlights And Workouts

The Toronto Raptors were justifiably excited to land a traditional skilled big man in Jakob Poeltl with the ninth pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. He's got a lot more to his game than just nice post moves.
Via Pro Bball Report
3 hours ago

Odds Outlook: Odds of re-signing DeRozan are in Toronto's favour

*Jay Leno voice* Have you seen this? Have you heard about this? With the wild world of NBA free agency rapidly approaching, sports books are doing their best to predict where the top players on the market will end up. The fate of longtime Toronto Raptor DeMar DeRozan has been hanging in the balance for quite some time, and it sounds like oddsmakers aren't expecting him to leave Canada...
Via Raptors HQ
3 hours ago

What can Raptors do when NBA free agency starts?

Creating salary cap space and taking a run at Pau Gasol makes sense, Doug Smith suggests, as we look at five questions heading into Friday.
Via Toronto Star
7 hours ago

Taking The Next Step: How the Raptors compare to recent finalists and champions

The Toronto Raptors have a come a long way – from the league’s laughing stock to a formidable conference finalist. And yet, not a single person in the organization would argue the work is done. There is yet another step for the Northern franchise to take, one towards which they are all working – participation in the NBA finals and the chance to compete for a championship. But...
Via Raptors Republic
7 hours ago

Raptors Player Review: Kyle Lowry, the man below nothing

If you missed it, Kyle Lowry was absolutely incredible this season. This was Kyle Lowry's season. All of the record breaking, precedent setting and arena rocking that took place in Toronto this year was a product of Lowry's season-long brilliance. Masai Ujiri put the pieces in place, but Lowry was the adhesive that bound them into a Conference Finals-worthy team. He fulfilled the...
Via Raptors HQ
9 hours ago

Searching for the low-end Biggie Small Four

The consensus is that the Raptors need a starting power forward heading into the summer.  Assuming that Bismack Biyombo converts his handful of great post-season games into a 1000% raise and bolts town, it would leave a hole on the bench that needs to be plugged.  This is exacerbated by Luis Scola being a patchwork starter season, which was an experiment even fans with a strong...
Via Raptors Republic
10 hours ago

Morning Coffee – Wed, Jun 29

Raptors Free Agency Primer: Cap sheet, assets, exceptions, and more | Raptors Republic The key points you need to know: There is a ton of money chasing a weaker free agent class, creating a great deal of uncertainty and, surely, contracts that will eventually make us gasp. It may not be the worst year to be sitting out free agency. The Raptors stand to have a little bit of salary...
Via Raptors Republic
11 hours ago

Bismack Biyombo Will Be Patient With Raptors In Free Agency

Bismack Biyombo would like to re-sign with the Toronto Raptors in free agency and is prepared to be patient with them as they first work on DeMar DeRozan's contract. The Raptors will have to use cap space to re-sign Biyombo as they signed him just last offseason after the Charlotte Hornets declined his qualifying offer. Biyombo could earn as much as $17 million per season on the...
Via RealGM
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Bruno Caboclo Needs To Stop Singing

The Toronto Raptors drafted a very raw Bruno Caboclo as a project 20th overall in 2014 as they believed this virtually unknown kid from Brazil had unlimited potential, however, what they didn't know was this outgoing young man loved to sing as well and he's brutally terrible at it.
Via Pro Bball Report
3 days ago

DeMar DeRozan won't visit any teams besides Toronto

DeMar DeRozan has been frequently linked to Los Angeles, but it appears that he is not interested in going there or anywhere other than Toronto. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, DeRozan does not plan on visiting with any teams because he is focused on making a deal with the Raptors to stay with the team long-term. A source told ESPN that DeRozan would only meet with other teams...
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Jakob Poeltl with NBA TV Canada - June 24, 2016

Jakob Poeltl speaks with Sherman Hamilton about becoming a member of the Toronto Raptors.
Via YouTube
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Press Conference: Jakob Poeltl - June 24, 2016

General Manager Masai Ujiri introduces the Raptors first round pick Jakob Poeltl to Toronto on Friday afternoon.
Via YouTube
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Select Pascal Siakam - June 23, 2016

Paul Jones, Sherman Hamilton & Leo Rautins break down the Raptors 27th overall selection Pascal Siakam at the 2016 NBA Draft.
Via YouTube
5 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Poeltl: Was hoping the Raptors will select me

Jakub Poeltl had plenty of hope he'll land with the Toronto Raptors at 9th overall, a team that he's familiar with and feel he's a good fit for.
Via SportsNetCanada
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poetl with No. 9 pick

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors selected Utah center Jakob Poetl with the ninth overall pick in the draft Thursday night. The 7-foot-1 Poetl is the first Austrian drafted in the NBA. Poeltl played two seasons with the Utes, earning the Pac-12 player of the year award this past season season. He averaged 17.2 points and 9.1 rebounds this season. Toronto acquired the pick in...
Via Associated Press
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors draft Jakob Poeltl

Defense, height, and touch in the post – these are a few of Toronto’s favorite things The Player: Jakob Poeltl is the top center in the NBA Draft, with the height and length to protect the rim. More than that, Poeltl has the mobility to slow down ball handlers in the pick and roll game. On offense, Poeltl can score around the basket and make intelligent, timely passes. His playmaking...
Via The Lottery Mafia
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors considering drafting Labissiere at No. 9?

Masai Ujiri’s hoop dreams truly know no bounds. According to a report by Chad Ford of ESPN on Thursday, the Toronto Raptors, who hold the No. 9 overall pick in this year’s draft, may consider selecting Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere at that spot if none of the top eight players in the draft fall to them. Hearing strong rumblings that Raptors GM Masai Ujiriin on Kentucky...
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Why they should watch the Cavs closely

The Toronto Raptors were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Now, six games later, the Cavs are about to play a decisive game 7, one that could lead to an NBA championship.  Looking at the structure of the Cavaliers, the Raptors can learn a thing or two.  Lets delve into the Cavs stars and compare them to those of the Raptors: Kyle Lowry vs...
Via isportsweb.com
10 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Offseason Preview: Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are coming off what was easily the most successful season in franchise history. They won seven more games than their previous high, topping 50 wins for the first time, and pushed the Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. As the Raptors' veteran roster has come together and gelled, the question is: can they take the next step and reach the NBA...
Via RealGM - NBA
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Review: Kyle Lowry

As the Toronto Raptors were manhandled by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals, it became clearer by the day that something was wrong in The 6. The team did not look like themselves in the playoffs, averaging nine less points than during the regular season, along with an unacceptable drop in shooting percentage. Much of the blame rested on the shoulders of team...
Via The Sports Quotient
14 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan And Toronto's Slightly Crazy, Ultimately Correct Choice

Obscured by the brashly joyful pregame din of what was supposed to be the Golden State Warriors' coronation, DeMar DeRozan officially opted out of his contract on Monday. This wasn't some staggering development; we've known this was going to happen since last summer. The cap's about to skyrocket next month and everyone who can possibly become a free agent is putting themselves on...
Via RealGM - NBA
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Demar DeRozan opts out, becomes free agent

DeMar DeRozan has thrown his name into the free agency fray, as Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com is reporting that the Toronto Raptors guard has opted out of the final year of his contract. This is pretty much the standard operating procedure for players of DeRozan’s caliber, so it’s certainly not surprising. Based on his comments in February, DeRozan doesn’t plan on leaving...
Via Sportsnaut
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors fan kicked out of game for heckling ref found killed

A Raptors fan who was kicked out of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals two weeks ago was found shot to death in Toronto on Tuesday. The fan, Sukh Deo, was described by the Vancouver Sun as a gangster. His uncle who spoke with the Sun said his nephew ran a trucking company with a friend. Deo was killed when two men seen wearing construction vests opened fire on a white Range...
Via Larry Brown Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry thanks Raptors fans in open letter

The Toronto Raptors put together a great 2015-16 campaign, and fans and players alike have a lot to be proud of. Kyle Lowry, who dropped 70 points combined in Games 4 and 6, took some time to thank the Raptors faithful. We’ve seen them gather to watch games in Jurassic Park, and they’ve gone to great lengths to support their team. Lowry and his teammates must have appreciated...
Via The Sports Daily
27 days ago  |  Discuss
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