Player News - Raptors

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Coach Mike Krzyzewski said that Team USA "had a little bit too much fun" during their 107-57 romping of Team China on Tuesday, and he wants his club to "tone that down a little bit."

This quote was likely in reference to DeMar DeRozan's attempt to posterize a Chinese player (link below) during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter with a nasty 360-jam, although DeRozan missed his attempt after being met at the rim. In other words, Coach K is not a fan of fun, but he does have a strong propensity to win.
Jul 27 - 10:35 AM

Dwane Casey told Jared Sullinger that, "there's a good chance he will start at the four and bounce back at the five."

With the Raptors losing Bismack Biyombo via free agency, it sounds like Casey expects to use Sullinger as both his starting power forward and backup center. Sullinger is going into yet another contract season, and he should be able to improve his fantasy value this year playing in Toronto's less crowded frontcourt, as he has a realistic shot at earning close to 30 minutes a night. He'll be one of the higher upside guys to take towards the later rounds on draft day.
Jul 26 - 3:15 PM

DeMar DeRozan wants to "leave a legacy of my own in Toronto."

DeRozan said this in the context of explaining why he chose to remain with the Raptors rather than entertain an offer from his hometown Lakers. The reality is that DeRozan would have always lived in Kobe Bryant's enormous shadow had he come to Los Angeles, but he's very much his own man on a Raptors team that identified him as a core piece a long time ago.
Jul 25 - 9:17 AM

Jarrod Uthoff has signed a two-year deal with the Raptors.

The deal is only partially guaranteed, meaning he's likely just a training camp body. The undrafted forward out of Iowa averaged 18.9 points, 6.3 boards, 1.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.6 blocks and 2.0 treys during his senior season.
Jul 22 - 10:23 AM

Raptors coach Dwane Casey suggested that lottery pick Jakob Poeltl could spend time in the D-League this season.

"I’m projecting [Poeltl and Pascal Siakam] to grow in the year with us, maybe down with the [D-League affiliate] 905," Casey said. "It’s going to be huge for them to be able to play games, but I project that they at some point [help the Raptors]." Toronto doesn't have much depth at center, so we're likely to see Poeltl in the rotation as the season progresses, but Casey's statements do nothing to improve the rookie's fantasy outlook.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 18 - 2:22 PM

Raptors rookie Pascal Siakam will be "a big part of what [the Raptors] do," according to coach Dwane Casey, but he could be assigned to the D-League's Raptors 905.

Casey expects Siakam to "grow in the year with us, maybe down with the 905." His fantasy value already tumbled when Jared Sullinger agreed to a deal with Toronto, and the veteran combo of Sullinger and Patrick Patterson will soak up the bulk of minutes at PF this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 18 - 2:21 PM

The Raptors have signed PG Fred VanVleet to a partially-guaranteed deal for training camp.

It's a multi-year contract but the four-year player out of Wichita State isn't expected to make the regular season roster. He'll likely spend the 2015-16 season in the D-League.
Jul 18 - 2:12 PM

Kyle Lowry said that he's excited for the opportunity to represent his country at the 2016 Olympic Games.

"I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get picked for Team USA, but it worked out," Lowry said. "It's just an exciting moment, an exciting time. I'm just happy to be in that situation to be able to say I'll be in the Olympics." Lowry will participating with Team USA for the first time, and with Kyrie Irving currently the only other point guard on the roster, Lowry could earn his fair share of minutes for Team USA. He'll be worth a first-round pick in next year's drafts.
Source: philly.com
Jul 17 - 4:45 PM

Norman Powell scored 17 points with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in a loss to the Wolves on Saturday.

For the second year in a row, Powell was one of the best players in Las Vegas. In his previous four games, Powell averaged 20.5 points, 5.0 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.3 treys. Coach Dwane Casey will find a way to get minutes for the UCLA product, but he won't have much fantasy value while the Raptors are healthy.
Jul 16 - 6:26 PM

X-rays were negative on Delon Wright (right shoulder dislocation) on Saturday.

According to ESPN, Wright did dislocate his shoulder and needed it popped back into place. While the X-rays likely indicate Wright didn't break any bones, he'll likely get an MRI to evaluate the ligaments in his shoulder. He had a terrific run in Las Vegas, but will really have to play well to take minutes from Cory Joseph.
Jul 16 - 5:55 PM

Delon Wright injured his right arm on Saturday and went to the locker room for an X-ray.

He went for a loose ball and his arm got tangled up with another player. Wright was in a lot of pain and went straight to the locker room. It looked like a shoulder injury for the 2015 first-round pick and hopefully it's nothing structurally wrong. The Raptors should have an update shortly.
Jul 16 - 5:42 PM

Norman Powell (thigh) will play on Saturday against the Wolves.

He's on the injury report for a left thigh bruise, but he's fine. Powell briefly left Thursday's game due to some contact to his leg. He's played extremely well in Las Vegas with 20.5 points per game.
Jul 16 - 3:43 PM

Terrence Ross said he's put a lot of focus on getting stronger this summer.

"I’ve been putting a lot of focus on getting stronger too; that’s the main goal for me this offseason," said Ross. " I want to make sure I can be more physical when my team needs me to be. I want to continue to get stronger and be able to absorb contact better when I’m driving." Ross will be DeMarre Carroll's primary backup next year, so he won't have much fantasy value at all.
Jul 14 - 5:15 PM

Dwane Casey said that he's expecting to go into training camp with Jared Sullinger as the team's starting power forward, "Unless [Sullinger] comes out and stinks up the place."

While Sullinger is expected to start, backup Patrick Patterson is expected to receive the bulk of the power forward minutes for Toronto, so the starter designation for Sullinger isn't necessarily a boost to his fantasy value. Sullinger is hoping to boost his value in another contract season, but after compiling averages of just 10.3 points, 8.3 boards and 2.3 assists on 43.5 percent shooting last season, Sully won't be worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Jul 14 - 2:51 PM

DeMar DeRozan has officially re-signed with the Toronto Raptors.

Terms of the deal have not been disclosed as per team policy, but it is believed to be a five-year deal worth around $139 million. While DeRozan isn't an elite fantasy option, he's entering his prime at 27 years old and will be worth a look in the middle rounds of 2016-17 drafts.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 14 - 1:24 PM


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