Player News - Raptors

Date: Team: Pos:

K.J. McDaniels will sign with the Raptors.

It's a partially-guaranteed deal and he's likely just a camp body. McDaniels was a highlight machine when he was on the 76ers, but he hasn't really got anything going since he was traded to the Rockets or while with the Nets. The second-round pick may have a tough time making the roster.
Aug 17 - 5:12 PM

Forward Kyle Wiltjer has agreed to a one-year, non-guaranteed contract with the Raptors.

Wiltjer played sparingly for the Rockets last season, scoring a total of 13 points in just 44 minutes. However, he did put up impressive numbers in the D-League, averaging 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 3-pointers in 35.9 minutes over 22 games. He has a chance to make Toronto's final 15-man roster, but is unlikely to crack the rotation next season.
Source: Uproxx.com
Aug 15 - 10:36 AM

Jonas Valanciunas appeared to turn his ankle in a friendly game against Croatia, but he was able to return.

He was reportedly yelling from the pain, but it sounds like Valanciunas dodged a bullet. Valanciunas was reportedly on the trade block last month and now he's likely going to lose minutes to Serge Ibaka and maybe even Jakob Poeltl.
Aug 9 - 3:33 PM

The Raptors have signed Lorenzo Brown to a two-way contract.

Brown will be competing for the third-string point guard spot over the course of training camp, but even if he makes the regular-season roster, he'll remain a non-factor in fantasy hoops.
Jul 25 - 3:14 PM

DeMar DeRozan said that he hit 450 out of 700 (64 percent) 3-point attempts during a late-night workout.

It's a bit of a non-story, but we can't be picky in late July. Hitting a triple in an empty gym obviously doesn't compare to shooting in a real game, but it's at least encouraging that he's focused on his perimeter shot -- that's the missing piece to the puzzle of his fantasy game with career averages of 0.4 treys on a 28.1 percent clip. We've also heard coach Dwane Casey say he wants DeRozan to handle the ball a bit more as a PG next season, so it sounds like the 27-year-old wing is poised for another strong campaign.
Jul 25 - 9:06 AM

Coach Dwane Casey said he may have DeMar DeRozan "handle the ball a bit more as a point guard" next season.

Casey has talked about DeRozan adding more treys, so this isn't the first new responsibility for him. "We don’t want to give our whole ‘what we’re going to try to do next year’ away, but again it comes down to passing the basketball and better spacing more so, than we know, one-on-one play," Casey said. The Raptors are a little thinner on the perimeter with Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll gone, so there will be some new wrinkles in their offense. This likely won't affect DeRozan too much on the stat sheet and he should hang around four assists per game for the fifth straight season.
Jul 20 - 11:22 PM

The Raptors made the signing of C.J. Miles official on Tuesday.

Miles was acquired from Indiana in the Corey Joseph sign-and-trade deal, and his contract with Toronto is reportedly for three years at $25 million with a player option on Year-3. Miles will likely be competing with Norman Powell for a starters designation over the course of training camp, so that's a battle we'll be watching closely. However, even as a starter, Miles wouldn't be much more than a deep league, 3-point specialist in fantasy hoops.
Source: NBA
Jul 18 - 4:45 PM

Masai Ujiri said he "believes" in Jonas Valanciunas' talent and the Raptors are not going to "give him away."

Valanciunas' name has cropped up quite a bit in trade rumors over the past few seasons, and Ujiri acknowledged during Tuesday's presser that they did look into moving JV when they were over the cap, but with the Raptors no longer facing a stiff luxury tax bill they are no longer actively shopping Valanciunas. In terms of fantasy hoops, remaining in Toronto isn't necessarily a good thing for JV, as Dwane Casey rarely allows his minutes to hit the 30-minute mark.
Jul 18 - 4:29 PM

The Raptors announced Tuesday that Malcolm Miller underwent an ankle arthroscopy for debridement and is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks.

Miller, who signed a two-way contract with the Raptors earlier this month, initially injured the ankle during a summer league practice back on July 5th. Miller played in Germany last season and averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 18.7 minutes. He can be ignored in fantasy leagues.
Jul 18 - 1:23 PM

Clippers waive F Kyle Wiltjer.

When you make an 8-for-1 trade like the Clippers did, there will be cuts. Wiltjer played a grand total of 44 minutes in his rookie season during the 2016-17 campaign with only 13 total points.
Jul 15 - 5:12 PM

Fred VanVleet scored a game-high 31 points in a loss to the Blazers on Thursday, adding six rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

The Raptors had the No. 1 seed for the Vegas tourney and coasted for their first three games, but the Blazers really defended very well inside. As for VanVleet, he may have a chance to compete with Delon Wright for the backup point guard spot, so that'll be an interesting position battle in a few months.
Jul 14 - 12:02 AM

Jakob Poeltl registered his third straight double-double in a 82-81 win over the Nuggets on Monday, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds.

He was an efficient 8-of-13 from the field and added two assists, one steal and one block in his 28 minutes. Fellow Raptor Paskal Siakam was just as impressive, scoring 14 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals, two blocks and two treys. The Raptors are expected to use Serge Ibaka at the five a lot, so unless the team is able to shed Jonas Valanciunas' contract, Poeltl will have a tough time finding minutes in his second season.
Jul 10 - 10:34 PM

Delon Wright "is ready to step in behind" Kyle Lowry according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN.

The Raptors traded away Cory Joseph to the Pacers in exchange for C.J. Miles on Sunday, an indication that they are confident in Wright as the backup. The Raptors use a lot of two-PG lineups and Wright can play off the ball beside Lowry, so he could potentially be looking at minutes in the 20s. He averaged 5.6 points, 2.1 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.4 treys in 16.5 minutes per game last season, so he could have some sneaky value in a larger role.
Jul 10 - 10:06 AM

The Raptors have signed F Malcolm Miller to a two-way contract.

Miller will try to earn himself a camp invite with his play at summer league, but he's a longshot to land on the regular-season roster.
Jul 9 - 3:41 PM

The Raptors officially signed their No. 23 pick from the 2017 NBA draft, OG Anunoby on Sunday.

Anunoby is currently recovering from a knee injury, and while he won't play at Summer League, he's hopeful to be cleared by training camp. He's being billed as a defensive ace, so maybe he'll be able to pick up some bench minutes in Dwane Casey's rotation once he's fully up to speed. However, it's unlikely that the rookie will get enough burn during his rookie year to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops.
Jul 9 - 3:13 PM


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