RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Is Lucas Nogueira Time With The Raptors Over?

Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri drafted two power forward/centers on Thursday to a roster that already includes two returning rookie guards and two returning sophomore bigs. There is no chance Ujiri starts the season with six young developing players, begging the question, is the 7' Brazilian Lucas Nogueira time with the Raptors just about over?
Via Pro Bball Report
8 hours ago

WATCH: Jakob Poeltl with NBA TV Canada - June 24, 2016

Jakob Poeltl speaks with Sherman Hamilton about becoming a member of the Toronto Raptors.
Via YouTube
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors’ Poeltl shunned parents’ game, fell in love with basketball instead

Austrian star chased volleyballs as a child, but became first from his country to be selected in NBA draft.
Via Toronto Star
9 hours ago

WATCH: Raptors Press Conference: Jakob Poeltl - June 24, 2016

General Manager Masai Ujiri introduces the Raptors first round pick Jakob Poeltl to Toronto on Friday afternoon.
Via YouTube
9 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: From Austria to the NBA: Poeltl shares his story

Raptors first-rounder Jakob Peoltl answered questions from the media about coming to Toronto and his journey as the first Austrian to make it to the NBA.
Via SportsNetCanada
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

NBA Draft Grades: How do the Raptors' newest players stack up?

Let's consider the two dudes the Raptors just selected in the 2016 NBA Draft. The 2016 NBA Draft is less than 24 hours old. This is something that should be kept in mind when considering the long term futures of two young men -- Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam -- and Raptors roster of basketball players that is sure to change in the short and long term. That said: let's break out...
Via Raptors HQ
10 hours ago

Raptors Player Review: Stormin' Norman's Unforgettable Rookie Season

Norman Powell went from second-round draft pick to fan favourite in less than a year. We break down the rookie's phenomenal NBA debut. Norman Powell was selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, but his rights - along with a 2017 first-round pick - were subsequently traded to the Toronto Raptors for Greivis Vasquez. And what a deal it was....
Via Raptors HQ
14 hours ago

An Optimistic view of the Raptors’ Draft Night

In what was one of the strangest draft nights in recent memory, the Toronto Raptors didn’t reach with their 9th overall pick. The teams after them took risky selections, guys with a larger chance to bust, but the Raptors took the player largely viewed as having the least chance to bust in Jakob Poeltl. Poeltl isn’t a flashy player, and on the surface doesn’t appear to be an...
Via Raptors Republic
16 hours ago

Safe Raptors picks just the start of a longer process

Via Doug Smith's Blog
17 hours ago

Morning Coffee – Fri, Jun 24

DeMar DeRozan to join Kyle Lowry on USA Olympic squad | Raptors Republic That excitement, and the rare opportunity for Lowry and DeRozan to get to represent their country on such a large stage, should outweigh any concerns about fatigue. It’s only a 15-day tournament, and while Lowry and DeRozan ranked seventh and 12th in regular season minutes and sixth and seventh in postseason...
Via Raptors Republic
18 hours ago

WATCH: Raptors Select Pascal Siakam - June 23, 2016

Paul Jones, Sherman Hamilton & Leo Rautins break down the Raptors 27th overall selection Pascal Siakam at the 2016 NBA Draft.
Via YouTube
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Get Their Man In Jakob Poeltl

The Toronto Raptors got the guy they wanted in the NBA draft Thursday night. With the ninth pick in the first round they took a seven foot Austrian named Jakob Poeltl.
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago

WATCH: Poeltl: Was hoping the Raptors will select me

Jakub Poeltl had plenty of hope he'll land with the Toronto Raptors at 9th overall, a team that he's familiar with and feel he's a good fit for.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors grab Austrian big man in first round of NBA draft

Toronto impressed by the foot speed of seven-foot Utah centre Jakob Poeltl.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

NBA Draft 2016 Poll: What do you think of Jakob Poeltl as the Raptors' pick at no. 9?

Let's get some opinions here. After all that, the Raptors have selected Jakob Poeltl with the ninth pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. He's a big man, he's quick, and he has a few skills to his name. Since the Raptors have Jonas Valanciunas on the roster, it seems likely Jakob will be a backup centre at best for now. (Though Dwane Casey says he can play at power forward too; I don't see...
Via Raptors HQ
1 day ago

Raptors select Utah center Jakob Poetl with No. 9 pick

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Raptors selected Utah center Jakob Poetl with the ninth overall pick in the draft Thursday night. The 7-foot-1 Poetl is the first Austrian drafted in the NBA. Poeltl played two seasons with the Utes, earning the Pac-12 player of the year award this past season season. He averaged 17.2 points and 9.1 rebounds this season. Toronto acquired the pick in...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors draft Jakob Poeltl

Defense, height, and touch in the post – these are a few of Toronto’s favorite things The Player: Jakob Poeltl is the top center in the NBA Draft, with the height and length to protect the rim. More than that, Poeltl has the mobility to slow down ball handlers in the pick and roll game. On offense, Poeltl can score around the basket and make intelligent, timely passes. His playmaking...
Via The Lottery Mafia
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors considering drafting Labissiere at No. 9?

Masai Ujiri’s hoop dreams truly know no bounds. According to a report by Chad Ford of ESPN on Thursday, the Toronto Raptors, who hold the No. 9 overall pick in this year’s draft, may consider selecting Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere at that spot if none of the top eight players in the draft fall to them. Hearing strong rumblings that Raptors GM Masai Ujiriin on Kentucky...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Why they should watch the Cavs closely

The Toronto Raptors were eliminated by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference finals. Now, six games later, the Cavs are about to play a decisive game 7, one that could lead to an NBA championship.  Looking at the structure of the Cavaliers, the Raptors can learn a thing or two.  Lets delve into the Cavs stars and compare them to those of the Raptors: Kyle Lowry vs...
Via isportsweb.com
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Offseason Preview: Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors are coming off what was easily the most successful season in franchise history. They won seven more games than their previous high, topping 50 wins for the first time, and pushed the Cavaliers to six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. As the Raptors' veteran roster has come together and gelled, the question is: can they take the next step and reach the NBA...
Via RealGM - NBA
7 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan And Toronto's Slightly Crazy, Ultimately Correct Choice

Obscured by the brashly joyful pregame din of what was supposed to be the Golden State Warriors' coronation, DeMar DeRozan officially opted out of his contract on Monday. This wasn't some staggering development; we've known this was going to happen since last summer. The cap's about to skyrocket next month and everyone who can possibly become a free agent is putting themselves on...
Via RealGM - NBA
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Demar DeRozan opts out, becomes free agent

DeMar DeRozan has thrown his name into the free agency fray, as Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com is reporting that the Toronto Raptors guard has opted out of the final year of his contract. This is pretty much the standard operating procedure for players of DeRozan’s caliber, so it’s certainly not surprising. Based on his comments in February, DeRozan doesn’t plan on leaving...
Via Sportsnaut
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors fan kicked out of game for heckling ref found killed

A Raptors fan who was kicked out of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals two weeks ago was found shot to death in Toronto on Tuesday. The fan, Sukh Deo, was described by the Vancouver Sun as a gangster. His uncle who spoke with the Sun said his nephew ran a trucking company with a friend. Deo was killed when two men seen wearing construction vests opened fire on a white Range...
Via Larry Brown Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Biyombo willing to take discount to stay in Toronto

With his shot-erasing, rebound-munching, rim-running ways this postseason, Raptors big man Bismack Biyombo has played himself into a nice payday for his impending unrestricted free agency in the summer. But as it turns out, Biyombo may be willing to leave it all on the table in order to come back to Toronto next season. On Monday, Biyombo said that he wants to return to the Raptors...
Via Larry Brown Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors GM: Dwane Casey ‘is our coach for the future’

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri made it clear Monday that head coach Dwane Casey has a future with the franchise, as relayed by James Herbert of CBS Sports. Masai Ujiri: “Coach Casey is our coach for the future. I think that’s very easy for us to figure out.” — James Herbert (@outsidethenba) May 30, 2016 While Ujiri states this as “very easy for us to figure...
Via Sportsnaut
25 days ago  |  Discuss
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