Player News - Raptors

Date: Team: Pos:

Terrence Ross said he worked out with James Harden and also worked out with DeMar DeRozan this summer.

He said he had a lot of one-on-one workouts and said he worked on his skills. Ross is expected to start, but he has James Johnson behind him on the depth chart this season. He was much more effective on his two-point shots after the break last season, so if he can improve on those even more he could be in for a big 2014-15 season.
Sep 20 - 11:12 AM

Free agent Mickael Pietrus worked out for the Sacramento Kings.

His future in the NBA has been somewhat in doubt as of late. In late March it was reported he was no longer attempting to return to the NBA, but Pietrus resurfaced early in September. He had workouts lined up with four NBA teams, and it appears the Kings are one of them. If he is signed he will likely be a veteran presence in the locker room, but won't see many minutes on the court.
Sep 18 - 4:15 PM

Jonas Valanciunas finished his FIBA World Cup on a high note in a loss to France on Saturday, scoring 25 points with nine rebounds and no turnovers on 8-of-12 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line.

The Lithuanian team didn’t play him big minutes in the early going, but the 22-year-old center was just too good to keep on the bench in this tournament. Valanciunas has been outstanding down the stretch in each of his last two seasons, but some slow starts have kept his draft value a bit low. There’s a chance he puts it all together in his third year and is well worthy of a mid-round pick.
Sep 13 - 2:24 PM

Julyan Stone will play in Italy with Reyer Venezia next season.

He was working out with the Cavs earlier this week, but he'll look to take on a bigger role overseas. Stone was a favorite of Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri and may end up back in the NBA at some point.
Sep 12 - 10:09 AM

Jonas Valanciunas made 11-of-13 from the line against Team USA on Thursday, scoring a total of 15 points with seven boards, one steal and no turnovers.

He didn't have any offensive boards, but it was still an encouraging game for the Raptor. Valanciunas was a little frustrated late in the game because he wasn't getting the ball, but USA seemed to have a game plan to keep him in check. He's improved his draft stock and is worth a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 11 - 5:17 PM

Jonas Valanciunas racked up 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, and one block in Lithuania's 73-61 win over Turkey on Tuesday.

Valanciunas has been impressive in leading Lithuania to the semi-finals of the FIBA World Cup of Basketball as they'll now await the winner of the U.S.-Slovenia game. The 22-year-old averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks during the 2013-14 NBA season and should easily return value on a mid-round fantasy pick in 2014-15.
Sep 9 - 1:30 PM

Jonas Valanciunas has been working on his low post game and free throw shooting this summer.

"That’s my strength," Jonas said about his post game. "I need to perform in the low post, like a big man, trying to help my team by scoring in the low post." Jonas has been working a lot on his hook shot, and he hopes the time spent working this summer will put him ahead of the curve when the season begins, saying, "I’m going to come back to Toronto ready for the season." Jonas has a fantasy-friendly game in that he doesn't hurt you in any one area. He averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks last season last year, while shooting 53.1 percent from the field and 76.2 percent from the charity stripe. It would be nice if he could improve on his shot blocking, but with those numbers as his floor, he still warrants a mid-round selection.
Sep 8 - 6:35 PM

Jonas Valaciunas powered Lithuania to a win over New Zealand, scoring 22 points on 8-of-11 shooting to go along with 13 rebounds and three blocks.

Valaciunas was impressive in the win, asserting himself down low and scoring efficiently. He is coming off a season in which he averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks. Hopefully he'll be able to take another step forward during his third NBA season, but with those numbers being his floor, he'll be a safe mid-round selection in standard leagues.
Sep 7 - 12:03 PM

The Cavs are scheduled to work out Julyan Stone on Tuesday and Wednesday.

He's worked out for the Lakers a couple times, but the Cavs could sign him to compete with James Jones and Joe Harris at the end of their bench. Stone won't be in a rotation to start the year.
Sep 6 - 10:49 AM

Mickael Pietrus will work out for four NBA teams this month.

The first workout is scheduled for Sept. 16 and his agent said he's hoping that will build some interest. Pietrus hasn't been able to stay healthy, but some teams with a lack of depth could give him a shot.
Source: Basket USA
Sep 6 - 9:56 AM

The Lakers will work out unrestricted free agent Julyan Stone for the second time, according to sources.

Stone reportedly also has workouts scheduled with the Cavs, Clippers, and Heat, but with a second workout scheduled with the Lakers, it would appear they certainly have interest in signing the 6'6 guard. Stone was waived by the Raptors in early July, and while he can't shoot, he is a solid defender. However, Stone is nothing more than an end-of-the-bench kind of guy, and owners can safely ignore him in any format.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 5 - 4:16 PM

Lou Williams said he's happy he was traded to the Raptors because he likes that he was wanted.

"It wasn’t a money thing," Williams said. "It wasn’t just something to do. They felt they had a void they needed to fill coming off the bench and I’m excited to help. I feel wanted. I feel like I have a responsibility with this basketball team and that’s the best way I can operate." He'll be a combo guard for the Raptors off the bench, but it will take multiple injuries to the Raptors rotation in order for Lou Williams to be a factor in standard fantasy leagues.
Sep 5 - 9:15 AM

Toronto Raptors sign C Greg Stiemsma.

Stiemsma's deal will be on a one-year, $1 million contract, according to Marc Stein of ESPN. The Steamer averaged 2.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks in 18 minutes per game with the Pelicans last season and holds very little fantasy value heading into 2014-15.
Sep 4 - 12:30 PM

Lucas Nogueira worked out with Hakeem Olajuwon this week.

It's a popular move among big men and the young Brazilian does need some skills around the basket. He is very rangy and has the potential to be a big-time shot blocker, but he's still a long way from being a regular contributor. Nogueira isn't a worthwhile target in even keeper formats.
Aug 29 - 1:42 PM

DeMar DeRozan made Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

There was a very little chance for DeRozan to make the team, but he was spectacular and really shot the ball well this past month. He basically beat out Chandler Parsons for the last spot on the wing, and he'll back up James Harden and Klay Thompson. He did have a breakout season, but the USC product only had fifth-round fantasy value on a per-game basis because of a lack of treys, sub-par shooting and being a bit turnover prone. He could improve, but it's still not going to be easy to grab him in the first three rounds of a standard draft.
Aug 23 - 9:37 AM

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