Player News - Raptors

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Raptors GM Masai Ujiri sounded pessimistic regarding a possible contract extension for Terrence Ross.

"We’ll keep monitoring and see how things get done, if anything happens," Ujiri said. "We’ve had a little bit of discussion." That's usually the answer someone provides when they're trying to be nice, but really don't want to be a part of whatever activity is going on. Ross, coming off of ankle surgery this summer, has a lot to prove in 2015-16.
Aug 24 - 9:23 AM

DeMarre Carroll said that DeMar DeRozan has been working on his 3-point shot this summer.

"I’m pretty sure there’s a lot of other things he worked on in his game and he’s a dominant offensive player (already)," Carroll said. "So I think if he adds that 3-point to his game it’ll take us over the top." DeRozan shot just 28.4 percent from deep last season and took way too many mid-range jumpers, so his fantasy value would get a huge boost if he can show some improvement from deep. For now, DeRozan is a mid-round asset at best because his field goal percentage hold his value in check.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 23 - 9:46 AM

DeMarre Carroll said that defense will be his main focus in Toronto this season.

"I’m going to come in first and foremost and focus on defense," Carroll said. "I think defense is the most value I’m going to bring to the team so if I come in focused on defence and let my offense take care of itself, then I’ll be good. I just don’t want to come in first mainly thinking about offense, because that’s not who I am." Prospective owners shouldn't worry too much about these comments because Carroll is still going to get plenty of touches on offense because the Raptors need him to spread the floor. He could also spend a lot of time as a stretch four in small-balll lineups, so he will be an easy mid-round pick in drafts this season.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 23 - 9:40 AM

Jonas Valanciunas said he's working on extending his range on offense.

It's not really a surprise with 86.6 percent of JV's shots last year coming from inside the paint. He is a solid free throw shooter at 78.6 percent last year to go with a respectable 43.4 percent on his jumpers. Shot location isn't the issue because Valanciunas just needs minutes. He could be a very nice pick in the late-middle rounds with a very high ceiling.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 21 - 7:43 PM

Jonas Valanciunas said that he needs to get better defensively in order to earn more minutes in Toronto.

"It depends on me," Valanciunas said. "I’ve got to get better defensively, that’s what we’re doing. I think the national team is going to help me prepare for the season. I’m going to come back to Toronto in September ready." He only played 26.2 minutes per game last season, as Raptors head coach Dwane Casey went with smaller lineups to finish games because of Valanciunas' defensive struggles. He still has a ton of upside and posted averages of 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks on 57.2 percent shooting from the field, so he is worth a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts.
Source: Toronto Sun
Aug 21 - 9:27 AM

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said that there have been some talks with Terrence Ross' camp regarding an extension.

Ross took a step back in his development last season while dealing with various injuries, and only managed to put in averages of 9.8 points and 1.8 three-pointers per game on 41.0 percent shooting from the field. With the addition of DeMarre Carroll to the roster, Ross will take a backseat in the rotation, and he can be ignored in standard leagues on draft day.
Aug 20 - 6:22 PM

Jonas Valanciunas stated during Thursday's presser that he understands his playing time won't go up until he gets better on defense, so he's been spending time this offseason to work on that part of his game.

The most frustrating part of owning Valanciunas is that head coach Dwane Casey consistently benches him during the fourth quarter, which has kept his minutes under the 30 minute mark for the past two seasons. Jonas' per-36-minutes numbers are enticing at 16.5 points, 11.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, so if he is able to earn Casey's trust this upcoming season, he could make for a mid-round steal on draft day. Additionally, Jonas said that he is healthy after tweaking his hip/groin area during one of Lithuania's friendly games, so it doesn't sound like that will be an issue moving forward.
Aug 20 - 4:29 PM

Updating a previous report, Jonas Valanciunas' extension with the Raptors will reportedly be for $64 million over four years, with a player option on the fourth year.

Valanciunas averaged 12.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game last season on 57.2 percent shooting from the field and 78.6 percent from the stripe over 26.2 minutes. He's not a guy that is going to put up monster numbers, but his ability to swat away some shots without really hurting you in any one category gives him mid-round upside, and that's where he should be targeted on draft day.
Aug 20 - 3:25 PM

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly signed Jonas Valanciunas to a contract extension.

Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports that the deal is done and could be announced as soon as Thursday. We'll pass along terms of the contract when they become available, but this deal will lock up the big man well in advance of the October 31 deadline. Valanciunas hasn't been the most consistent player over his career, but he's work a mid-round pick in fantasy drafts as he's still just 23 years old.
Aug 20 - 1:43 PM

Jonas Valanciunas and the Raptors are reportedly close to a contract extension and could have an agreement as early as this week.

The two sides have until October 31 to agree to an extension, but Josh Lewenberg of TSN is reporting that a deal could happen as soon as this week. While Valanciunas hasn't quite lived up to fantasy owners' expectations, he's still just 23 years old and is a solid mid-round target in standard league drafts.
Aug 18 - 12:18 PM

The Raptors and Jonas Valanciunas are discussing a four-year extension near $60 million.

He's due for an extension before the season or else the Raptors would have to put him in the open market next summer. Valanciunas had some ups and downs, but now the team has even more invested in him with Amir Johnson in Boston. He's a bit of a post-hype target in the middle rounds of drafts.
Aug 17 - 5:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas tweaked his hip/groin playing in a game for the Lithuanian National team on Wednesday, and was forced to leave the exhibition after just 19 minutes of action.

To be clear, the injury seems very minor as Jonas himself was quoted saying "nothing severe happened," and was reportedly feeling "great" after the game. Lithuania has a three games in three nights set coming up, so we'll be watching to see if he's limited in any of those outings. Jonas doesn't have a history of dealing with hip or groin injuries, and currently there's nothing suggesting that this injury will keep him from being 100 percent when training camp opens up.
Aug 16 - 4:08 PM

Patrick Patterson said the starting power forward spot is "mine to lose" for the upcoming season.

"But it’s all about what coach [Dwane] Casey wants, what [general manager] Masai [Ujiri] sees, and who works hard and who earns it," Patterson said. He is working more on his low-post game to complement his ability to stretch the floor. Luis Scola is his competition, but expect the Raptors to go small. Two-Pat is worth a look late in drafts.
Aug 8 - 6:51 PM

The Toronto Raptors have signed Shannon Scott, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.

Scott will now join the Raptors on a partially-guaranteed contract after going undrafted out of Ohio State. The 22-year-old guard is likely to spend a good chunk of time in the D-League, so fantasy owners can keep him off their draft lists.
Aug 6 - 1:04 PM

Kyle Lowry looks to have lost some weight this summer.

He looked much slimmer in a picture on Kyle O'Quinn's Instagram. Coach Dwane Casey said he wanted to see Lowry get his weight down, so it looks like the star point guard came through. The Raptors will try to get him to play off the ball more next season, which could be a positive to his fantasy value due to how well he performed on catch-and-shoot attempts last season.
Aug 5 - 6:18 PM


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