Player News - Raptors

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The Lakers could get a free agent meeting with DeMar DeRozan, according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Although it was reported that DeRozan is focused on working out a new deal in Toronto and was not seeking meetings with other teams, Amick writes that the Lakers remain lurking in the background. Other teams known to have interest in DeRozan include the Clippers, Warriors, Heat, Knicks and Magic. To be clear, Amick makes it obvious that the Raptors should be considered in a class alone as the frontrunners for DeRozan's services.
Source: USA Today
Jun 27 - 12:45 PM

Bismack Biyombo wants to re-sign with the Raptors, a source told USA Today's Sam Amick.

According to Amick, Biyombo is willing to be patient while Toronto figures things out with DeMar DeRozan, the team's top priority in free agency. However, it's one thing to take that stance now, and it's entirely another when interested clubs are throwing as much as $15-$17M annually in your face. If DeRozan is willing to take a slight discount, it could greatly help in allowing for Biyombo's Toronto return. We'll soon learn how it will all play out.
Source: USA Today
Jun 27 - 12:42 PM

DeMar DeRozan does not plan to schedule meetings with other teams at the start of free agency, according to Tim McMahon of ESPN.com.

He is going to focus on agreeing to terms with the Raptors. DeRozan has said his mindset has always been Toronto for basically the entire season, including after he was knocked out of the postseason. The Raptors can offer DeRozan a five-year, $153 million deal. General manager Masai Ujiri said his No. 1 goal is to bring the 2015-16 All-Star back, so the Raptors are heavy favorites.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 25 - 4:52 PM

Jakob Poeltl said he compares himself to Pau Gasol.

That's a lofty comparison for a guy who averaged 18 points, 9.5 boards and 3.3 assists in his career. At Utah last year, Poeltl averaged 17.3 points, 9.1 boards and 1.9 assists in 30.6 minutes. He's a very good scorer, but he has to add a little more versatility to his game. Poeltl is also the first Austrian player in the NBA. He'll have a chance to back up Jonas Valanciunas, assuming the Raptors don't want to pay Bismarck Biyombo.
Jun 24 - 11:46 PM

Jakob Poeltl said that he's been working on adding a 3-point shot.

"These last couple of months I've been working on it a lot. Yeah, it's just something I never really did in college," Poeltl said. Stretching the floor is such an asset for bigs in today's NBA, and Poeltl added that he's seen a lot of improvement in his perimeter shooting in recent weeks. The Raptors selected him with the ninth pick and he could be the backup center next season if Toronto is unable to re-sign Bismack Biyombo.
Jun 24 - 10:05 AM

Wichita State PG Fred VanVleet is expected to join the Raptors' Summer League team.

VanVleet went undrafted on Thursday after a senior season during which he averaged 12.2 points, 1.4 threes, 5.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.7 turnovers in 29.0 minutes per game. He proved to be a strong floor-general in college, particularly in pick-and-rolls, but his 6'0" height and 6'2" wingspan are marks against him at the NBA level.
Jun 24 - 2:03 AM

The Toronto Raptors have selected Pascal Siakam with the No. 27 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Pascal would probably be good in the triangle offense, right? Lame math jokes aside, Siakam blocked 2.2 shots per game thanks to his 7’3" wingspan on his 6’10" frame. He was not very good on the offensive end, struggling around the rim and is not known for having much of a jumper. The Cameroon big man didn’t start playing basketball until 2012 and was discovered at a Basketball without Borders camp run by Luc Mbah a Moute. With the Raptors drafting both Siakam and Jakob Poeltl to serve behind Jonas Valanciunas, it's hard to envision Toronto paying to retain Bismack Biyombo in free agency.
Jun 23 - 10:40 PM

The Toronto Raptors have selected Jakob Poeltl with the No. 9 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Perhaps this draft’s top true center, Poeltl is more of an offense-first big man at age 20. At Utah, the Pac-12 Player of the Year averaged 17.3 points, 9.1 boards, 1.5 blocks and 0.6 steals on 64.0 percent from the field and 69.4 percent from the line in 30.6 minutes per game. It’ll be a while before he develops outside of eight feet and he’s not the best rim protector out there, but Toronto likely views him as Bismack Biyombo's potential replacement should BB get (over)paid in free agency. Upon inking his rookie contract, Poeltl will be the first Austrian to ever sign with an NBA franchise. After the selection, Dwane Casey praised Poeltl's foot speed and quickness while suggesting he could possibly play some power forward. Despite the praise, he's not someone we'd target in fantasy drafts with the Jonas Valanciunas breakout set to finally occur.

DeMar DeRozan has committed to playing for Team USA.

Paul George, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Kyle Lowry, Klay Thompson, DeMarcus Cousins, Jimmy Butler, Carmelo Anthony and DeAndre Jordan will join DeRozan in Rio, so the US squad will obviously be favored to take home the gold. Kyrie Irving is still undecided as to whether or not he will participate.
Jun 23 - 2:34 PM

Kyle Lowry has accepted an invitation to play with Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Chris Paul had endorsed Lowry to replace him on the roster after withdrawing from the Olympics and it looks like that endorsement has come to fruition. We'll keep an eye on the 30-year-old over the summer, but it would appear that Lowry's elbow issue from the playoffs is behind him if he feels healthy enough to play with Team USA.
Jun 23 - 10:54 AM

Masai Ujiri said that he's open to all options regarding the No. 9 overall pick in the upcoming draft, although he's skeptical he can find an immediate impact player with that selection.

If Toronto doesn't trade the pick away, it sounds like they'll be going the draft-and-stash route, or they make take a "project" prospect, but either way it doesn't sound like the guy they get at the nine-spot will be a rotation player. The Raptors don't have great depth at the power forward position, and they might lose Bismack Biyombo as a free agent, so perhaps they take a big on draft day.
Jun 21 - 3:05 PM

Anthony Bennett could have an agreement with an NBA team because he was able to get insurance to play with Canada.

Bennett has worked out for the Knicks and the Nets and Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders reported that he looked great at both. Still just 23 years old, it wouldn't be a surprise if the former No. 1 pick got another chance. At the worst, Bennett should at least get an invite to the summer league.
Jun 19 - 10:03 AM

Anthony Bennett participated in the final day of Team Canada's training camp on Wednesday.

Bennett has reportedly slimmed down and will join the team as they attempt to qualify for the 2016 Olympics. The 23-year-old has recently worked out for several NBA teams and could help his case with a strong showing on the international stage. While the former No. 1 pick could earn a training camp invite somewhere, he won't have much fantasy value 2016-17.
Source: TSN
Jun 16 - 10:56 AM

Nando De Colo has signed a three-year contract with CSKA Moscow.

De Colo is fresh of winning the Euroleague championship with Moscow, in addition to coming home with Euroleague MVP award. Needless to say, his career in Europe has been significantly more successful than his two-year stint in the NBA, and he won’t be coming stateside any time soon.
Jun 15 - 9:56 AM

DeMar DeRozan officially opted out of his contract.

He has a deadline to opt out on June 15, but this has been an obvious move since last year. DeRozan didn't have the greatest postseason, but the market seems to dictate he'll get a max deal. Compared to last season, the 2015-16 All-Star saw increases in minutes, points, assists, blocks, 3-pointers and efficiency.
Jun 13 - 7:03 PM


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