Player News - Raptors

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Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri showered praised on Bismack Biyombo and said that he will continue to get better.

"You want guys who love the game and Bismack loves the game," Ujiri said. "He’s one of those guys that is a basketball junkie and I think he’s going to continue to get better and better. He’s trying to figure it out in many ways, what his role and his specialty can be in the NBA, but what he does well now is offensive rebounding. He’s elite, blocking shots, offensive rebounding he’s elite." Biyombo will have a fresh start in Toronto after being buried on the bench in Charlotte for most of last season, but he isn't likely to make a big impact in fantasy leagues while Jonas Valanciunas is healthy. On a side note, Biyombo has spent some time working out with Hakeem Olajuwon in Africa, so hopefully he picks up a few things from him.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 31 - 10:25 AM

Coach Dwane Casey suggested Norman Powell can make the Raptors better in practice.

The Raptors loved what Powell did in Vegas and co-Summer League head coach Jesse Mermuys praised the rookie. "Obviously it’s a different level than the NBA but with his physicality and toughness, I think he’s shown an ability that some things that will translate even with the big team," Mermuys said. Powell was arguably the best second-round pick in Vegas, but he won't be in the rotation to start the year.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 29 - 5:10 PM

Luis Scola said he doesn't think 2015-16 will be his last season.

"You never know," Scola said. "I don’t think anybody, that is actually retired now, actually thought it was their last year when the last year came, so I don’t know." Scola played 20.5 minutes per game last season and he will likely see less run than that with the Raptors. He's only a target in deep leagues.
Jul 29 - 5:03 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said he'd like to see the Raptors have a more balanced attack outside of DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry.

"One thing we’re trying to do was take the ball out of Kyle’s hands, take the ball out of DeMar’s hands and now we have a playmaker once that does happen," Casey said. DeRozan was the only qualifier for minutes last season to have a true shooting percentage below 52 with a usage rate of at least 28. Getting DeRozan better shots is definitely a good thing. He's much better in points leagues and in DFS than in standard leagues.
Jul 29 - 4:56 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said Cory Joseph could play next to Kyle Lowry.

He added he can play a lineup of Co-Jo, Lowry and DeMar DeRozan together, too. Casey said he likes the flexibility of his roster, so we could even see a small-ball lineup with DeMarre Carroll at the four. Joseph is in a much better fantasy situation and getting minutes next to Lowry helps, but he's not worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 29 - 4:09 PM

Coach Dwane Casey said DeMarre Carroll can play some power forward for the Raptors.

"He can guard the four position with LeBron James at the four, Carmelo Anthony at the four, Paul George back and at the four," Casey said. The Hawks used Carroll in a more diverse role as the year went on, especially in the postseason. In fact, Carroll's assists, usage rate, and scoring more off the dribble all went up in the playoffs compared to the regular season. He should be in for a big role this season.
Jul 29 - 4:01 PM

The Raptors officially hired Rex Kalamian, Andy Greer and Jerry Stackhouse as assistant coaches on Dwane Casey’s staff.

The Raptors lost some of their coaches this offseason, including big-man expert Bill Bayno. Chances are Stackhouse's name will wind up in one of Drake's verses soon.
Jul 29 - 3:50 PM

Scott Machado has signed a deal with EWE Baskets Oldenburg in Germany.

He averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.7 assists in Estonia last season, but he didn't really make a significant impact during the summer league with averages of 10.5 points, 3.8 assists, 3.3 boards and 1.7 steals. We will monitor his progress closely overseas, but he is well off the fantasy radar.
Source: Sportando
Jul 24 - 9:31 AM

Ronald Roberts has officially agreed to a multi-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.

Roberts' deal is partially guaranteed and will give the Raptors the option of cutting him before the end of training camp, designating him as an affiliate player, and assigning him to the D-League. While Roberts has a shot to make the Raptors final roster, he's more likely headed for the D-League and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues.
Jul 21 - 12:30 PM

Dwane Casey said he doesn't think Terrence Ross (ankle) has reached his ceiling as a player.

"I don't think so," Casey said. "What a lot of people don't understand is that he had a lot of stuff in his ankle. He had that taken out this spring. He played through it last year. Whether that was why he took a dip defensively, I don't know. I tell everybody that he was our best defensive wing player two years ago, and we were pretty good." Casey went on to say that he expects big things out of Ross this season, and that he has also been able to start shooting again. Ross should be 100 percent by training camp, but he won't be a factor in standard leagues while DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll are healthy.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 18 - 12:50 PM

Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said that the Raptors need Jonas Valanciunas for his size, but he hinted that he could continue to bench him late in games because the league is going smaller.

"The league is going smaller, but as long as the goal is at 10 feet, size is going to matter," Casey said. "You still got to have size. At the end of games, the trend is to go smaller. Threes are fours, fours are fives, and your roster has to fit that. Adding DeMarre [Carroll] gives us that flexibility. He can play some at the four, with [Luis] Scola or Patrick Patterson at the five. We're better equipped to play that way now than we were a year ago." Valanciunas only averaged 26.2 minutes per game last season, so it looks like his upside will continue to be capped until Casey finally decides to unleash him.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 18 - 12:47 PM

The Raptors signed Bismack Biyombo to a multi-year deal on Saturday.

The Raptors had a strong summer after also adding Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll, and they now have a solid rim protector that they can bring off the bench behind Jonas Valanciunas. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey benched Valanciunas late in games on several occasions last season due to his inability to react on defense, so it will be interesting to see if Biyombo steals some additional minutes in the frontcourt. For now, Biyombo is only worth a look in deeper leagues as a blocks specialist.
Jul 18 - 9:10 AM

Delon Wright (sore right hamstring) will not play on Friday.

He's missed three games due to the injury, but said he's not overly concerned. Wright had a nice nine-point, nine-dime game to start his summer league, but the Raptors picking up Cory Joseph hurts his chances for playing time this season.
Jul 17 - 11:39 PM

Lucas Nogueira grabbed 16 rebounds and added 11 points, three blocks and a steal in Thursday's exhibition loss to the Bulls.

It's good to see him making the most out of his Summer League reps but he'll need quite a bit of help to have any fantasy value this season.
Jul 16 - 11:55 PM

Raptors sign G Norman Powell.

The Raptors are playing very well in Las Vegas and have a 3-0 record thanks in part to their second-round pick. Powell's stats are among the best in the event, averaging 19.3 points, 4.7 boards, 1.7 steals, 1.3 treys and 0.7 treys. The UCLA product is still nowhere near being in the rotation next season.
Jul 15 - 4:56 PM


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