Player News - Raptors

Date: Team: Pos:

The Raptors selected Indiana forward OG Anunoby with the No. 23 pick.

If not for a knee injury last year, he likely would’ve went higher. The 6’8" Hoosier filled the stat sheet with his averages of 11.1 points, 5.4 boards, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals in his sophomore season. While Anunoby did attempt 2.8 treys per game, he made just 31.1 percent on those and also just 30.0 percent on his two-point jumpers. He said this week he expects to be ready for the start of the season, but he won't play in the Summer League. With P.J. Tucker expected to leave as a free agent, Anunoby will have a chance to earn minutes as a defensive specialist during his rookie year.
Jun 22 - 10:05 PM

The Raptors could be looking to make Serge Ibaka their starting center for next year.

If you saw the playoffs, you saw Ibaka fall off as a power forward for a lack of mobility away from the basket on the defensive end. The Raptors are reportedly looking to move Jonas Valanciunas, so that could also help Ibaka's playing time as the five man. Jakob Poeltl would likely be the backup in this case.
Jun 22 - 6:59 PM

The Raptors are looking into moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick, according to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.

General manager Masai Ujiri talked about a culture change, so don't be surprised to see the Raptors shake things up. Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey have been concerned with Valanciunas not dominating in the paint enough, so they may be looking to go a different direction. Plus, Serge Ibaka isn't much of a power forward anymore, so that could be a factor if they keep him. They also have Jakob Poeltl for some depth.
Jun 22 - 6:54 PM

General manager Masai Ujiri said that Kyle Lowry has told the Raptors that he wants to return to Toronto.

On Monday night, Lowry tweeted that a report claiming he had "zero interest" in re-signing with the Raptors was completely false. "I know what Kyle has told me. I can only believe what he tells me," said Ujiri. The reality is that Lowry doesn't have many options. The Sixers were rumored to be interested, but have since traded for the No. 1 pick in order to draft Markelle Fultz. There aren't many other teams with the necessary cap space willing to offer Lowry $30-plus million annually. One organization to keep an eye on is San Antonio. They may be able to create enough room to make a competitive offer.
Jun 20 - 12:55 PM

Kyle Lowry took to Twitter on Monday night to deny a report that claimed he has "zero interest" in re-signing with the Raptors.

Bruce Arthur of The Toronto Star penned a column that ran Monday morning in which he claimed: "As of mid-May other teams were being told Lowry had 'zero interest' in returning to Toronto, even if the Raptors offered a maximum five-year deal." Later that night, Lowry responded thusly, "I don't do this ever but: Don't believe what you hear !! Especially if it didn't come from me, and that bs FOR SURE didn't come from me." The Raps can offer up to $205 million over five years. The question is if they are willing to make that type of financial commitment to a 31-year old.
Jun 20 - 9:37 AM

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the 76ers are no longer an option for free agent PG Kyle Lowry.

This isn't a surprise with Philly fully expected to draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick. Lowry should still have several suitors and is expected to command a max deal this summer, but the Raptors are the favorites to bring him back to Toronto -- they can offer him up to $205 million over five seasons compared to $150 million over four years from other teams. It's still early, but San Antonio and Denver have been floated around as potential destinations if he leaves Toronto.
Jun 18 - 12:17 PM

OG Anunoby reportedly hopes to return to full strength by late November or early December.

Anunoby was projected by many as a possible lottery pick before injuring his right knee in mid-January. There was concern he would miss most of the 2017-18 NBA season recovering and rehabbing the knee; however, Anunoby apparently believes he can get back on the court sooner than expected. He'll likely be drafted in the middle of the first round. Whichever team selects him will probably err on the side of caution and avoid rushing him out onto the floor before he is as close to 100 percent as possible.
Jun 13 - 12:06 PM

The Raptors announced they have renounced their rights to F DeAndre Daniels.

Daniels left UCONN after his junior season. Toronto selected him with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. However, Daniels was never able to secure a roster spot with the Raps, bouncing around between the D-League and overseas clubs the last few years.
Jun 9 - 1:33 PM

Kyle Lowry had a meeting with DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell and coach Dwane Casey this week in the Bay Area, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

Lowry officially declined his player option on May 12, which is not surprising at all after his terrific play and the rising salary cap. While general manager Masai Ujiri has talked about a culture change this offseason, the Raptors will be doing all they can to bring back the 2017 All-Star guard. He'll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 4:28 PM

A provision in the Toronto-Orlando deal for president Jeff Weltman restricts the two teams from trading players with each other until end of the 2017-18 season.

These two teams struck a deal in February for Serge Ibaka, but they won't be this year because of Weltman's ties to the Raptors. A lot of new basketball operations execs make deals with their former teams, so they could come to terms on a trade next summer.
May 25 - 6:00 PM

The Knicks have shown preliminary interest in free agent P.J. Tucker, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Knicks were terrible defensively last season, allowing 108.7 points per 100 possessions and ranking 25th in the league in defensive efficiency. Thus, it makes sense they would target a defensive stalwart such as Tucker. The problem for New York is that they will likely have to overpay Tucker to get him to sign in NYC. Tucker will have plenty of interested suitors and, at age 32, it's probably safe to assume he'd prefer to play for a contender at this stage of his career.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:22 AM

ESPN's Darren Wolfson said that he has heard Minnesota is "very much" on P.J. Tucker's radar.

The 32-year-old veteran will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it will be tough for the Raptors to bring him back to Toronto with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka also hitting the open market. The Wolves could definitely use some of Tucker's 3-point shooting and defense on the wings, so this report makes sense. He will have a number of suitors this summer, but a move away from Toronto would likely be good news for his fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 11:18 AM

Kyle Lowry's agency announced on Thursday that Lowry has officially opted out of his contract with the Raptors.

No surprise here, as it was widely known that Lowry was going to opt out and hit free agency this summer. Lowry was set to make $12 million in 2017-18 had he not exercised his option. Now, he can re-sign with the Raptors for up to $205 million over five seasons. Other teams can offer approximately $150 million over four years. The Raps would obviously like to keep their All-Star point guard in the fold, but are they willing to max him out?
May 12 - 11:54 AM

The 76ers plan to offer Kyle Lowry "a lucrative contract" this summer, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

There are a lot of ties here for the North Philly native. On top of going to nearby Villanova, general manager Bryan Colangelo was the one who brought Lowry to Toronto back in 2012, and they have remained friends since, as well. The 76ers have said they'd prefer a point guard capable of shooting threes to help spacing for Ben Simmons (foot), so Lowry does fit the bill there. He's coming off career-highs 3.2 treys per game, 41.2 percent from deep and 37.4 minutes per game in his age-31 season. The Raptors see retaining Lowry as a priority and are likely the favorites to have him next year.
May 10 - 3:22 PM

Masai Ujiri stated during his end of season presser that he wants a "culture reset" in Toronto.

"We are going to hold everybody accountable because we need to," Ujiri said. "We need, after that performance [the Eastern Conference semifinal series sweep to Cleveland], we need a culture reset here. We need to figure it out. Yes, there’s been some success, but at the end of the day, we are trying to win a championship here." Reading between the lines, this could hint that head coach Dwane Casey is in the hot seat for his unimaginative, iso-heavy, non-3-point shooting offense.
Source: Toronto Sun
May 10 - 12:15 PM


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