Player News - Raptors

Date: Team: Pos:

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said that he loves Terrence Ross' upside, and he expects him to be a key part of Toronto's future.

"Everybody says, ‘When is Terrence going to get to the line, when is Terrence …?' Well, you know what, Terrence is a great shooter," Ujiri said. "He fell back on defense a little bit, but we felt that he started getting it back together." Ross had a very disappointing campaign in 2014-15, averaging 9.8 points, 2.8 boards, 1.0 assist and 1.8 3-pointers in 25.5 minutes per game. Ross is a very streaky shooter and struggles on the defensive end, so he will need to make a lot of improvement this summer to boost his stock before 2015-16 fantasy drafts.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 29 - 9:29 AM

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said that Jonas Valanciunas is still a "huge part of our team."

"We can criticize Jonas all we want, and it’s a big discussion we’re going to have with coach and staff," Ujiri said. "How he was used and how he is used. Those guys are hard to find. You can scour around the world and try to find those Jonas, or big guys like that. It also takes time. We understand that. But we feel he got better and he got better at rim protecting, his feet got a little bit better. He got a little more confident in the post. He got better rebounding defensively. I think it’s gradual with big guys. It takes time and he’s going to be a big part of our building." Valanciunas only averaged 26.2 minutes per game this season (2 full minutes lower than the 2013-14 season), but it sounds like his role will start to increase, making him worth a mid-round selection in fantasy drafts in the 2015-16 season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Apr 29 - 9:15 AM

The Raptors plan to develop Bruno Caboclo on their new D-League team.

After getting approval to purchase a D-League team, the Raptors said they will use that team to develop Bruno Caboclo, Lucas Nogueira, and whoever they draft with the 20th selection the 2015 NBA Draft. Caboclo only saw 23 minutes total for the Raptors this season, so a chance to develop in the D-League should do wonders for the 19-year-old.
Apr 28 - 1:05 PM

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri said James Johnson is a great talent, but still needs to improve upon his weaknesses.

Ujiri said that Johnson had an up-and-dowon 2014-15 season and needs to build trust with head coach Dwane Casey. While the 28-year-old has potential, his regular season averages of 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.0 blocks leave a bit to be desired from fantasy owners. Johnson could be worth rostering in standard fantasy leagues if he plays up to his potential, but we'll need to see more consistency out of him before recommending him beyond deeper fantasy leagues.
Apr 28 - 11:44 AM

With their season over, the Toronto Raptors will now decide whether or not to bring back head coach Dwane Casey.

Casey has one more season left on his contract, so general manager Masai Ujiri will have to decide whether to bring the head coach back of fire him. Despite the teams' shortcomings in this year's playoffs, Casey's players have mainly spoken out in support of their coach. "I know Case gets a lot of flak, [but] Case is a great coach," said DeMar DeRozan. "I’ve got to give him credit, he pushes us day in and day out [and] like I said, it could be one little thing. It’s like a Rubik’s Cube—you just got to find the right side to get everything else going." We'll keep an eye on the situation, but Ujiri is known to move deliberately so we may not have immediate clarity on his decision.
Source: TSN
Apr 28 - 10:33 AM

The Toronto Raptors will reportedly explore an an extension with Jonas Valanciunas.

Valanciunas will enter the fourth year of his rookie contract in 2015-16 and the Raptors have until October 31 to sign him to an extension. While the 22 year-old hasn't developed as as quickly as the Raptors would have liked, he's still a rare skilled big man and will likely be kept in the fold. While inconsistent, JV averaged 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks while shooting 57.2 percent from the field this season, so he's well worth a mid-round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season.
Apr 28 - 9:55 AM

Dwane Casey said that Kyle Lowry has to get his "weight back down this summer."

This comes minutes after Lowry failed to endorse Casey as the head coach, so things are going well in Toronto. Casey said that Lowry came into the season in great shape, but struggled to regain that form after his injury late in the season. We don't have any reason to doubt Lowry will be motivated heading into next season.
Apr 27 - 1:05 PM

Patrick Patterson revealed that he'd prefer to start, but he's happy to play any role the Raptors ask of him.

"Of course I'd love to start. What NBA player wouldn't want to start?" Patterson's reiteration that he's willing to play any role for the Raptors so long as it's consistent is going to save him here, and with Amir Johnson's impending free agency, it's very possible Patterson gets his wish as soon as next season.
Apr 27 - 12:16 PM

Kyle Lowry failed to endorse Dwane Casey as Raptors head coach on Monday.

It sure sounds like Lowry is throwing his coach under the bus. "There is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed," Lowry said. And when asked for his opinion about Casey, Lowry said, "I respect Casey as a man." Casey is skating on thin ice, and his meeting with GM Masai Ujiri promises to be an uncomfortable one.
Apr 27 - 12:07 PM

Lou Williams' terrific 2014-15 season ended on Sunday, as he racked up 14 points, two 3-pointers and one rebound in 25 minutes during a Game 4 loss in D.C.

Williams beat a tough field to earn Sixth Man of the Year honors and he'll have plenty of suitors when he hits free agency this summer. The 28-year-old combo guard averaged a career-high 15.5 points this season with 1.9 three-pointers, 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals in only 25.2 minutes per game. He's a solid fantasy target in the late rounds, though his value depends largely on his decisions as a free agent.
Apr 26 - 10:00 PM

Kyle Lowry navigated more foul trouble during Game 4 to finish a season-ending blowout with 21 points, two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, four assists and a game-high six turnovers.

Toronto's terrific run after Rudy Gay's departure was almost too good to be true, and they've finished the season with more questions than answers. The good news is that GM Masai Ujiri has multiple routes to fortify the roster this summer -- in addition to the draft and trade options, Toronto will have only nine players with guaranteed contracts. They won't have to worry about Lowry, as their All-Star point guard remains under contract through 2016-17.
Apr 26 - 10:00 PM

Amir Johnson scored four points, grabbed three rebounds and blocked one shot in 26 minutes during Sunday's Game 4 defeat vs. the Wizards.

Johnson heads into unrestricted free agency this summer and there's a good chance he won't return to Toronto, where he's spent six of his 10 seasons in the NBA. He was limited by nagging injuries for most of the 2014-15 season but still played in 75 games this season, one reason he was able to crack the top-100 in 8-cat and 9-cat fantasy leagues.
Apr 26 - 9:51 PM

The Raptors were trounced in Sunday's season-ending loss, during which Terrence Ross scored three points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

This marks the first time in franchise history that Toronto has been swept in a seven-game playoff series, and it abruptly ends their surprising march into the No. 4 seed in the East. Ross started 61 games for Toronto this season but it wasn't always smooth sailing, and he backslid in scoring (-1.1 points), FG percentage (-1.3 percent), rebounds (-0.3) and steals (-0.2). We'll keep a close watch on his progress this summer.
Apr 26 - 9:51 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points on 11-of-29 shooting (3-of-6 3PTs, 7-of-7 FTs) with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards.

DeRozan and Kyle Lowry were both guilty of bad shot selection and going down 3-0 the backcourt play has been a big storyline in this series. Of course, both engaged in trash talk with Paul Pierce and it's fair to wonder if they lost focus as things started to spin out of control. Game 4 is on Sunday in Washington.
Apr 24 - 11:02 PM

Amir Johnson moved into the starting lineup and double-doubled in Friday's Game 3 loss to the Wizards, scoring 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

Johnson is a gamer and he'll bring his gimpy ankles into Sunday's Game 4 with reckless abandon, and as long as we don't get any bad news he could be a sneaky low-end play in DFS leagues.
Apr 24 - 10:57 PM


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