Player News - Raptors

Date: Team: Pos:

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 23 - 9:37 AM

DeMar DeRozan made 12-of-18 from the field in his two scrimmages with Team USA this month.

He also has a respectable eight assists in his 47 minutes with the team. DeRozan probably wasn't expected to make the team entering camp, but he's really played well. After a breakout 2013-14, the 25-year-old swingman still has room to grow and is a good bet to lead the Raptors in scoring. He's a solid target in the early-middle rounds despite his lack of 3-pointers.
Aug 22 - 1:32 PM

DeMar DeRozan scored 13 points on Wednesday during Team USA's 105-62 win over the Dominican Republic.

He picked up some extra minutes with Derrick Rose (soreness) out of the lineup. DeRozan didn't see the floor on Saturday night and he still may have some work to do in order to make the team. His defense has been a bit lackluster, which Coach K seems to be focusing on in his selection of the end of his bench.
Aug 20 - 9:02 PM

Bruno Caboclo said the Raptors have him eating 6,000 calories per day in an effort to bulk up.

The 18-year-old was a surprise first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and it looks like the Raptors are committed to getting him on the court sooner than later. Adding bulk to his frame should help his game after averaging 11.4 points, 1.6 three-pointers, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.2 steals in Vegas Summer League, but he shouldn't be on any standard league fantasy radars at the moment.
Aug 19 - 1:04 PM

The Raptors officially signed Jordan Hamilton to a partially guaranteed deal on Monday.

Hamilton averaged 6.8 points, 1.2 three-pointers, 3.4 rebounds, through 17.2 minutes of action with the Nuggets last season, and he'll compete for a roster spot with the likes of Landry Fields and Will Cherry. Hamilton is not on the radar in standard leagues.
Aug 18 - 3:01 PM

Former Spurs guard Nando De Colo will miss the FIBA World Cup after breaking his left hand during an exhibition vs. Ukraine.

The 27-year-old is a member of France's national team, and his injury is magnified with Tony Parker already opting to skip the tournament. De Colo agreed to a deal with CSKA Moscow this summer and there's a chance that his NBA playing days are over.
Aug 17 - 3:11 PM

Toronto Raptors sign G/F Jordan Hamilton.

The 23-year-old's deal is reportedly for one year and he will help provide the Raptors with some much-needed depth on the wing. Hamilton averaged 6.7 points, 1.2 three-points, and 3.2 rebounds in 60 games with the Rockets last season and could provide late-round upside value in deeper fantasy leagues.
Aug 14 - 1:53 PM

The Raptors have been fined $25,000 for Drake's comments made to Kevin Durant during one of his concerts.

It is due to the league's anti-tampering rules because Drake has an official role with the team as an ambassador. Drake made the following comments at the end of his show, which the league is regarding as a public recruiting pitch: "You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen." Durant then received an ovation from the crowd, which then launched into a KD chant.
Source: ESPN
Aug 11 - 1:45 PM

Raptors draft pick DeAndre Daniels confirmed that he'll play in Australia for four months before heading back to Toronto.

The overseas stint was requested by Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, and Daniels said he's viewing it as a "long vacation" during which he can "go out there and get better." The Raptors are coming off a successful season that culminated in a playoff berth and they're unlikely to have minutes for player development during the regular season.
Source: CT News
Aug 10 - 8:56 PM

DeAndre Daniels is expected to land with Perth of the Australian League.

James Ennis looked great with Perth last season, so Daniels is likely hoping for similar success. The Raptors are expected to keep Bruno Caboclo on their roster, which makes it almost impossible for Daniels to make the 15-man roster.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 8 - 9:28 AM

The Raptors officially signed free agent guard Will Cherry on Sunday.

Cherry figures to be a third-string point guard for the Raptors, and he's not on the fantasy radar despite having a solid Summer League showing.
Aug 3 - 1:18 PM

The Raptors officially signed C Lucas Nogueira on Sunday.

Nogueira averaged 5.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks during Las Vegas Summer League, and he's not likely to be an impact player for the 2014-15 fantasy season.
Aug 3 - 1:13 PM

General manager Masai Ujiri had Bruno Caboclo on his radar for almost a year before drafting him in June.

Coach Dwane Casey didn't know about him until June when Ujiri mentioned him in a phone call to inform him about an upcoming workout in Texas. Caboclo is obviously extremely raw, but he fared well in Las Vegas with averages of 11.4 points, 3.0 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.6 triples in 26.0 minutes. His 7'7" wingspan makes him an interesting player to watch, but we don't think he'll make an impact in his first two seasons.
Aug 1 - 1:23 PM

The Raptors signed Will Cherry to a two-year deal.

It's at the minimum and for the second year in a row the Raptors sign a point guard who impressed at summer league. They already waived Dwight Buycks earlier this month, so Cherry essentially takes his place and could fall on the depth chart as the third point guard. He performed very well at summer league, averaging 12.8 points, 4.0 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.2 steals on 52.1 percent from the field.
Jul 30 - 8:12 PM


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