Player News - Raptors

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Unrestricted free agent Cory Joseph has agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the Raptors, with the fourth year a player option.

The Spurs were forced to withdraw their qualifying offer for Joseph on Sunday due to salary-cap limitations, and it didn't take long for Toronto to swoop in with a massive offer for the native Canadian. He'll immediately assume backup-PG duties in Toronto now that Greivis Vasquez is gone, especially since Luke Ridnour isn't likely to remain with the Raptors. Despite his considerable salary, however, CoJo remains an unlikely source of fantasy value while Kyle Lowry is healthy.
Jul 5 - 10:20 PM

The Spurs have withdrawn Cory Joseph's qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.

It's a salary-cap move to clear adequate space for LaMarcus Aldridge, and the Spurs are still expected to pursue CoJo once he hits the open market. He'll draw interest from plenty of teams, however, so San Antonio may have to work their "accept a reduced salary" magic to land him.
Jul 5 - 6:52 PM

Bismack Biyombo has agreed to sign a two-year, $6 million deal with the Raptors.

It's a great value for the Raptors, as they now have a solid rim protector that they can bring off the bench behind Jonas Valanciunas. Biyombo never really made a significant impact in Charlotte, but he really stepped up and showed some nice flashes when Al Jefferson injured his knee towards the end of last season. Biyombo is still raw on offense which will limit his upside, but he can be viewed as a blocks specialist in deeper fantasy leagues next season.
Jul 4 - 1:40 PM

Raptors sign G Delon Wright.

He'll be at Las Vegas Summer League and figures to get minutes. The Raptors dealt Greivis Vasquez away and they could wind up losing Lou Williams, so Wright could actually get minutes. Expect the Raptors to sign someone else, though.
Jul 3 - 1:53 PM

Unrestricted free agent Sonny Weems has yet to receive an offer from an NBA team, and FC Barcelona is making a strong push to sign him.

Weems will be an afterthought during free agency, so it's not surprising that he has yet to receive any deals with a number of big name free agents still on the board. If he does end up coming stateside, Weems is still unlikely to be a regular rotation player, and he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 3 - 10:38 AM

The Knicks have reached out to free agent Landry Fields.

[Insert Knicks quiet free agency joke here]. Fields had a nice run with the Knicks to start his career and the Raptors overpaid him, but he's unlikely to get a deal for more than two years. Additionally, he's working on shooting left handed this offseason.
Jul 1 - 5:22 PM

DeMarre Carroll has agreed to a four-year, $60 million deal with the Raptors.

Terrence Ross was a huge disappointment for the Raptors last season, so Carroll will immediately step in as the starting small forward. It's a great signing for Toronto, as Carroll's defense, toughness and shooting stroke from beyond the arc will be a huge upgrade on the wing.
Jul 1 - 12:05 PM

The Spurs extended a $3.0 million qualifying offer to G Cory Joseph, making him a restricted free agent.

Joseph should give San Antonio an affordable insurance plan, if they manage to retain him, which is important with Tony Parker averaging 14.7 DNPs over the past three seasons. CoJo showed improvement as a shooter last season, posting career-highs in points (6.8), FG shooting (50.4 percent) and 3-point shooting (36.4 percent), all significantly higher than his first three NBA seasons.
Jun 30 - 10:13 PM

The Raptors could look to deal DeMar DeRozan this summer while "whispers continue to circulate" that his camp wants $25 million per season a year from now, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun.

While DeRozan has really been adept at adding points at the line, he was still only able to turn in a 51.0 true shooting percentage last season. He only made 21.7 percent on his pull-up 3-pointers while making just 28.7 percent of all of his 3-pointers. Unless he makes some sort of crazy leap from deep, DeRozan won't be worth that kind of money in the 2015 NBA. Of course, nothing is imminent on the trade front here.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 29 - 6:05 PM

The Hornets will not tender a qualifying offer to Bismack Biyombo and he is now an unrestricted free agent.

The Hornets are really changing their team this summer. Noah Vonleh is with the Blazers, they added Nicolas Batum, and they think the world of Frank Kaminsky. Bismack actually came around on offense a bit last season, but that's not saying much because he was awful on that end before the 2014-15 season. Expect him to wind up on another team as a backup.
Jun 29 - 5:33 PM

According to Vincent Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, the Pistons will target DeMarre Carroll and Danny Green in free agency this summer.

Carroll and Green will have no shortage of suitors on the open market, so this will be a very difficult task for Stan Van Gundy. SVG covets 3-point shooters, and both Carroll and Green are lethal from beyond the arc. Detroit was able to take Stanley Johnson in the draft with the eight pick, but his value could take a hit if the Pistons sign another wing this summer.
Jun 27 - 12:14 PM

General manager Rich Cho said he hasn't made a decision on a qualifying offer for Bismack Biyombo.

Usually, it's a no-brainer decision to extend a qualifying offer for anyone worthy of being on a roster. However, the Hornets now have guaranteed money on Al Jefferson, Spencer Hawes, Cody Zeller, Marvin Williams and Frank Kaminsky at their power forward and center spots. It's tough to figure out what they're doing.
Jun 26 - 4:04 PM

UCLA SG Norman Powell was selected with the 46th pick by the Bucks for the Raptors in the NBA Draft.

He picked up some extra playing time in his senior year at UCLA, averaging 16.4 points, 4.7 boards, 2.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.1 treys. Powell has average size at 6’4, but he showed he could get to the rim down the stretch last season. He'll be trying to make the Raptors roster this season.
Jun 25 - 11:47 PM

Toronto selected Utah PG Delon Wright with the No. 20 pick on Thursday.

The Raptors are off to a solid start in the draft, having already dealt Greivis Vasquez (and his $6.6 million salary) to the Bucks for the No. 46 pick and a future first-rounder. Wright is 23 years old, having played four seasons in college, averaging 14.7 points, 5.0 boards and 5.0 assists in his senior year. He has good size and athleticism but doesn’t have much of a jumper, making just 29.9 percent of his 3-pointers. He's unlikely to get more than a handful of backup minutes while Kyle Lowry is healthy.
Jun 25 - 9:53 PM

According to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, the Raptors are looking for a two-way player with a lot of upside with the 20th pick in the draft.

Wolstat added that the player doesn't necessarily have to be ready to contribute right away, as the Raptors are counting on trades and free agency for immediate upgrades. Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made some serious noise when he drafted Bruno Caboclo with the 20th pick in the 2014 draft, and it looks like he is willing to take another gamble this year.
Jun 24 - 9:48 AM


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