Player News - Raptors

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Kyle Lowry is expected to opt out of his contract at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

As an 11-year veteran, Lowry could potentially haul in a five-year, $196 million contract, so him opting out makes perfect sense. He's coming off a career-year in which he put up first-round value behind averages of 21.2 points, 4.7 boards, 6.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 2.8 triples and 2.9 turnovers per game on 42.7 percent shooting, and he should be able to return to those numbers entering a contract year. Look his way towards the end of Round 1.
Source: ESPN
Sep 29 - 7:19 PM

Pascal Siakam has been "turning heads" at training camp according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.

Siakam could end up getting minutes right away because the backup center role is up for grabs. Additionally, Raptors coach Dwane Casey has been singing his praises in camp and it sounds like they want him to start at power forward as soon as the 2017-18 season. His dynasty stock is clearly on the rise, but he won't have immediate value in re-draft formats this season.
Sep 27 - 8:23 PM

Dwane Casey praised Brady Heslip for his basketball IQ and shooting abilities following Tuesday's practice.

Heslip and Fred VanVleet are currently competing for the final spot on Toronto's roster, but regardless of who makes the team, neither of these guys will have any fantasy value while the Raptors are at full strength.
Sep 27 - 7:14 PM

Dwane Casey said that he's expecting DeMarre Carroll (knee) to be "ready to go without limitations" for Toronto's regular-season opener.

Carroll was a full participant during Tuesday morning's practice, and said that he's happy because he hasn't experienced any setbacks this time around. Carroll never really looked right during his first year in Toronto, compiling averages of 11.0 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.8 treys while hitting just 38.9 percent of his shot attempts through 26 games, but things are beginning to trend in a positive direction lately. Carroll does have bounce-back potential, so he's someone to consider towards the later rounds.
Sep 27 - 5:22 PM

Brady Heslip has been working out at point guard along with his shooting guard reps.

This could be due to Delon Wright (shoulder) being a little behind schedule. Heslip is best know for his 13 treys in a game in the D-League, but he's still a major project. He would need the Raptors to get hit with the injury bug to get minutes. He's not a lock to make the roster either.
Sep 26 - 2:53 PM

Delon Wright (shoulder) said he probably won't be back until late December or early January.

There was some hope he'd be back in early December, but it sounds like Christmas is the target date. The Raptors probably won't play Kyle Lowry 37 minutes per game again this year and coach Dwane Casey loves two-PG lineups with Cory Joseph, so we could see Wright get minutes this season. He's not worth drafting in most leagues, though.
Sep 26 - 2:48 PM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey views Patrick Patterson as the team's "sixth starter."

Patterson did add he doesn't have a preference as a starter or bench guy, but he wants a big role. Jared Sullinger will get the first shot at the starting PF role, but it obviously sounds like Patterson will comfortably see minutes in the 20s. Patterson is playing for a new deal, but he's not a great fantasy target after averaging 6.9 points, 4.3 boards, 1.2 assists and 1.3 treys in 25.6 minutes per game last season.
Sep 26 - 1:45 PM

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun is reporting that the Raptors want Pascal Siakam to start at power forward as soon as the 2017-18 season.

Coach Dwane Casey said that Pascal Siakam "might come up and just blow everybody out of the water," but this report makes sense for a couple reasons. The PF spot is currently the Raptors' biggest weakness, and Jared Sullinger and Patrick Patterson are only signed through the 2016-17 season. Siakam will have trouble finding consistent minutes this season, so he's more of a stash in dynasty leagues for now. We'll obviously keep an eye on him during the preseason.
Sep 26 - 11:43 AM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that the starting PF role is Jared Sullinger's job to lose.

Casey wants to see how Sullinger meshes with Jonas Valanciunas defensively before committing to this linuep, but the good news is that he's also expected to spend some time as the backup five. Casey also said that Sullinger has the green light from 3-point range, but fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited because he's just a career 27.6 percent shooter from deep. He's shaping up to be a decent flier in the later rounds, but his injury history is worrying.
Sep 26 - 11:21 AM

DeMarre Carroll (knee) still isn't 100 percent and his minutes will be monitored at training camp.

He had in-season knee surgery in 2015-16 and battled through a hyperextended elbow, sprained wrist, hip pointer and a twisted ankle. He admitted that he was only 70-75 percent healthy during the playoffs, but it's a concern that he's not 100 percent after several months off. The only bit of good news that Carroll had was that the swelling in his knee is no longer there. He says he's on track for the season opener, but despite his mid-round upside, it's best to let Carroll fall into the later rounds following this report. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.8 triples in 28 total appearances last season.
Sep 26 - 11:10 AM

Jarrod Uthoff is excited for his opportunity with the Raptors.

"It’ll be a great chance to learn from experienced NBA guys that play at a very high level," Uthoff said. "Being around that every day, you can’t replace that. It’s a really professional organization that handles themselves with class in whatever they do. I think that’s showing on the court as well. It starts from the top down. They really created a special organization there." We don't anticipate Uthoff making it out of of training camp and onto the regular season roster.
Sep 24 - 3:52 PM

Raptors sign G Brady Heslip.

Heslip will join the Raptors on a training camp deal, but can be ignored by fantasy owners as he'll likely start the season in the D-League.
Sep 20 - 12:51 PM

The Raptors will reportedly sign Brady Heslip to a training camp deal on Friday.

Toronto's D-League affiliate owns his rights, and that's more than likely where he'll be heading after camp. There's no fantasy value to be had here.
Sep 15 - 3:11 PM

Toronto's D-League affiliate Raptors 905 have acquired the rights to Brady Heslip.

Heslip has been playing in Italy, and it is currently unclear if he'll be joining the Raptors 905 for 2016-17. Toronto sent Ronald Roberts to Sacramento's D-League affiliate in the exchange, but neither of these guys will have any fantasy value this upcoming season.
Sep 15 - 1:36 PM

DeAndre Daniels signed a deal to play for Pallacanestro Mantovana in Italy.

He was the 37th pick in the 2014 Draft, but Daniels has spent the last two seasons playing in Australia and the D-League.
Source: Sportando
Sep 12 - 9:23 AM

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