Player News - Raptors

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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said he thinks OG Anunoby will "develop quickly."

"He’s already a top defender type player, and then if we decide to go younger or another direction, he fits," Ujiri said. Anunoby was considered a lottery pick before he tore his ACL in January, but the Raptors had him ranked "significantly higher" than where they got him at No. 23 according to Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun. Anunoby believes he can defend all five positions at the NBA level, and once healthy, he should be able to fill the void left by impending free agent P.J. Tucker. Anunoby won't play in the Summer League, but he's hoping to be cleared for the start of the season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jun 24 - 11:47 AM

Kennedy Meeks has agreed to a partially guaranteed deal with the Toronto Raptors.

The center out of North Carolina helped his team win the NCAA championship behind averages of 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals during his senior season. He shot 55.5 percent from the field, but struggled from the line at 62.2 percent. A 6'10" bruiser weighing in at 260, Meeks will likely be a rebounding specialist early in his career. With Jonas Valanciunas, Lucas Nogueira and Jakob Poeltl all under contract for next season, Meeks will likely spend a lot of time in the G-League.
Jun 23 - 9:34 AM

The Raptors selected Indiana forward OG Anunoby with the No. 23 pick.

If not for a knee injury last year, he likely would’ve went higher. The 6’8" Hoosier filled the stat sheet with his averages of 11.1 points, 5.4 boards, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.9 steals in his sophomore season. While Anunoby did attempt 2.8 treys per game, he made just 31.1 percent on those and also just 30.0 percent on his two-point jumpers. He said this week he expects to be ready for the start of the season, but he won't play in the Summer League. With P.J. Tucker expected to leave as a free agent, Anunoby will have a chance to earn minutes as a defensive specialist during his rookie year.
Jun 22 - 10:05 PM

The Raptors could be looking to make Serge Ibaka their starting center for next year.

If you saw the playoffs, you saw Ibaka fall off as a power forward for a lack of mobility away from the basket on the defensive end. The Raptors are reportedly looking to move Jonas Valanciunas, so that could also help Ibaka's playing time as the five man. Jakob Poeltl would likely be the backup in this case.
Jun 22 - 6:59 PM

The Raptors are looking into moving Jonas Valanciunas and the No. 23 pick, according to Michael Grange of Rogers Sportsnet.

General manager Masai Ujiri talked about a culture change, so don't be surprised to see the Raptors shake things up. Ujiri and coach Dwane Casey have been concerned with Valanciunas not dominating in the paint enough, so they may be looking to go a different direction. Plus, Serge Ibaka isn't much of a power forward anymore, so that could be a factor if they keep him. They also have Jakob Poeltl for some depth.
Jun 22 - 6:54 PM

General manager Masai Ujiri said that Kyle Lowry has told the Raptors that he wants to return to Toronto.

On Monday night, Lowry tweeted that a report claiming he had "zero interest" in re-signing with the Raptors was completely false. "I know what Kyle has told me. I can only believe what he tells me," said Ujiri. The reality is that Lowry doesn't have many options. The Sixers were rumored to be interested, but have since traded for the No. 1 pick in order to draft Markelle Fultz. There aren't many other teams with the necessary cap space willing to offer Lowry $30-plus million annually. One organization to keep an eye on is San Antonio. They may be able to create enough room to make a competitive offer.
Jun 20 - 12:55 PM

Kyle Lowry took to Twitter on Monday night to deny a report that claimed he has "zero interest" in re-signing with the Raptors.

Bruce Arthur of The Toronto Star penned a column that ran Monday morning in which he claimed: "As of mid-May other teams were being told Lowry had 'zero interest' in returning to Toronto, even if the Raptors offered a maximum five-year deal." Later that night, Lowry responded thusly, "I don't do this ever but: Don't believe what you hear !! Especially if it didn't come from me, and that bs FOR SURE didn't come from me." The Raps can offer up to $205 million over five years. The question is if they are willing to make that type of financial commitment to a 31-year old.
Jun 20 - 9:37 AM

ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that the 76ers are no longer an option for free agent PG Kyle Lowry.

This isn't a surprise with Philly fully expected to draft Markelle Fultz with the No. 1 pick. Lowry should still have several suitors and is expected to command a max deal this summer, but the Raptors are the favorites to bring him back to Toronto -- they can offer him up to $205 million over five seasons compared to $150 million over four years from other teams. It's still early, but San Antonio and Denver have been floated around as potential destinations if he leaves Toronto.
Jun 18 - 12:17 PM

OG Anunoby reportedly hopes to return to full strength by late November or early December.

Anunoby was projected by many as a possible lottery pick before injuring his right knee in mid-January. There was concern he would miss most of the 2017-18 NBA season recovering and rehabbing the knee; however, Anunoby apparently believes he can get back on the court sooner than expected. He'll likely be drafted in the middle of the first round. Whichever team selects him will probably err on the side of caution and avoid rushing him out onto the floor before he is as close to 100 percent as possible.
Jun 13 - 12:06 PM

Kennedy Meeks "excelled" at a recent workout for the Nets.

The Nets have two picks in the first round (Nos. 22 and 27) and one pick in the second round (No. 57) and the North Carolina product is currently projected to be a late second rounder. Known for his rebounding and touch around the rim, Meeks helped his team win the NCAA championship during his senior season and compiled averages of 12.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 steals on 55.5 percent shooting from the field and 62.2 percent from the line. He's a 6'10" bruiser weighing in at 260, but he has conditioning concerns and may struggle on defense at the NBA level early on. Brooklyn would be a nice landing spot due to their lack of depth behind Brook Lopez, so he will be a candidate for them if he's available at No. 57.
Source: ESPN
Jun 11 - 12:12 PM

The Raptors announced they have renounced their rights to F DeAndre Daniels.

Daniels left UCONN after his junior season. Toronto selected him with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. However, Daniels was never able to secure a roster spot with the Raps, bouncing around between the D-League and overseas clubs the last few years.
Jun 9 - 1:33 PM

Kyle Lowry had a meeting with DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell and coach Dwane Casey this week in the Bay Area, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

Lowry officially declined his player option on May 12, which is not surprising at all after his terrific play and the rising salary cap. While general manager Masai Ujiri has talked about a culture change this offseason, the Raptors will be doing all they can to bring back the 2017 All-Star guard. He'll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 2 - 4:28 PM

A provision in the Toronto-Orlando deal for president Jeff Weltman restricts the two teams from trading players with each other until end of the 2017-18 season.

These two teams struck a deal in February for Serge Ibaka, but they won't be this year because of Weltman's ties to the Raptors. A lot of new basketball operations execs make deals with their former teams, so they could come to terms on a trade next summer.
May 25 - 6:00 PM

The Knicks have shown preliminary interest in free agent P.J. Tucker, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

The Knicks were terrible defensively last season, allowing 108.7 points per 100 possessions and ranking 25th in the league in defensive efficiency. Thus, it makes sense they would target a defensive stalwart such as Tucker. The problem for New York is that they will likely have to overpay Tucker to get him to sign in NYC. Tucker will have plenty of interested suitors and, at age 32, it's probably safe to assume he'd prefer to play for a contender at this stage of his career.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:22 AM

ESPN's Darren Wolfson said that he has heard Minnesota is "very much" on P.J. Tucker's radar.

The 32-year-old veteran will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and it will be tough for the Raptors to bring him back to Toronto with Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka also hitting the open market. The Wolves could definitely use some of Tucker's 3-point shooting and defense on the wings, so this report makes sense. He will have a number of suitors this summer, but a move away from Toronto would likely be good news for his fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 11:18 AM


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