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Report: Raptors to sign E.J. Singler to deal

Details are sparse at the moment, but apparently Singler will be with the Raptors for now. Fresh off a stint with the Raptors 905 and Toronto’s Las Vegas Summer League team, E.J. Singler has apparently agreed to terms on a contract with the Raptors. Our friend (and bitter rival) Blake Murphy has the scoop: The Raptors have agreed to terms on a deal with E.J. Singler. He'll be in camp and compete for the 15th roster spot.— Blake Murphy (@BlakeMurphyODC) August 24, 2016 Singler brings a few things to the table for the Raptors. First and foremost, he’s obviously a guy the franchise...
Raptors HQ Aug 23, 2016

Kyle Lowry puts up stud numbers for USA Basketball

As a backup point guard, Lowry was a defensive monster, as proved by the final numbers from the Rio Olympics. With gold medals already in their clutches, members of USA Basketball are now enjoying the afterglow of the Rio Olympics. For Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, the Raptors participants on Team USA, there’s plenty to be gleaned from their experience in Brazil. Today, NBA.com’s John Schuhmann released the final on-court numbers from USA’s 13 games, both exhibition and at the Olympics. What immediately stands out is Lowry’s contributions on the defensive end. Final USA on-court...
Raptors HQ Aug 23, 2016

Raptors unveil two new alternate jerseys for 2016-17 season

The Raptors bring back the Huskies look, while finally getting in on the Chinese New Year jersey trend. The Raptors ended an extended spell of summer silence late Tuesday morning, unveiling a pair of new alternate jerseys to be worn during the 2016-17 season. Based on a teaser video tweeted yesterday from the team's account, a return of the Toronto Huskies motif felt like a foregone conclusion. Those assumptions were in fact, accurate. Except instead of the minimalist look used in 2009-10 that featured and all-white uniform with blue lettering, this coming season will see the Raptors pay...
Raptors HQ Aug 22, 2016

Raptors 905 release their 2016-17 D-League schedule

The baby Dinos are back, and they're going to play some games this year. In between reports about big league jerseys, the NBA D-League's Raptors 905 quietly released their 2016-17 schedule today. Here it is in all its glory. Raptors 905 announced Monday its 2016-17 regular season schedule. pic.twitter.com/46R8E84fqe — Raptors905MR (@Raptors905MR) August 22, 2016 The team will play two games at Air Canada Centre this season, on December 20 against Grand Rapids and March 13 against Austin. They're both matinee events, so you can have popcorn for breakfast. I highly recommend trying...
Raptors HQ Aug 22, 2016

Rio 2016: Team USA with Lowry and DeRozan Win the Gold

Despite a couple of close games, the Americans (and our favourite Raptors) cruised to the gold against Serbia. The first time Team USA and Serbia met, during group play, the game was close. On that day, the Americans eked out a three point 86-83 win and many were wondering if it would be possible to take one from the latest iteration of the “Dream Team.” What a quaint notion. Yesterday, in the Olympic men’s basketball gold medal game — a rematch of USA vs. Serbia — the outcome was far different. America smashed its way to an easy 96-66 victory, powered by a cool 30 points from...
Raptors HQ Aug 18, 2016

Rio 2016: Who’s in and ready for the Semifinals?

After four massive games yesterday, let’s take stock of where things are in the Men’s Olympic basketball tournament. The Olympics wait for no man — not even Ryan Lochte — so it should come as no surprise that just as quickly as the anticipation built for Wednesday’s quadruple-header quarterfinal in the men’s basketball tournament, it had dissipated. Let’s recap. First on the docket, Australia vs. Lithuania, or the team using the philosophy of being pricks against the team “led” by the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas. I use quotations here because, well, things did not go...
Raptors HQ Aug 16, 2016

Rio 2016: Quarterfinal Showdown set for Wednesday in Men’s Basketball

There are four games and all of them are... lit. There’s a global confrontation brewing in Brazil at the moment. It’s true. Forgive my overstatement, but peep this: There are a mere eight teams left in the Men’s Basketball tournament for the Olympics. It’s the Quarterfinals. And it’s all going down on Wednesday. Gird your loins, let’s run through the day’s schedule. First, at 10am (wait, really?), our man Jonas Valanciunas leads Lithuania into a match against the ruffians from down under on team Australia. This is significant for a couple of reasons. One, the Aussies have been...
Raptors HQ Aug 12, 2016

Month-by-month Predictions for the Toronto Raptors’ 2016-17 season

Here’s a guide through the highs and lows of the season and a concrete win total for the Raptors. With the official release of the NBA schedule yesterday, it’s time to get down to the real nitty-gritty of work. Yes, after debating ESPN’s projections and producing some of our own, we must now turn to making actual month-by-month predictions for the Raptors in 2016-17. There will be no advanced math involved here, just a lot of feeling our way along in the dark. Last season I predicted (in the National Post no less) that the Raptors would win 47 games. Obviously, I was — rather...
Raptors HQ Aug 11, 2016

Report: Raptors Looking to Extend Masai Ujiri's Contract

The Raptors are hoping to lock up Masai Ujiri long term after a stellar job 3 years into his tenure. Three years after the Raptors brought Masai Ujiri back as General Manager from his post in Denver, they're looking to extend his contract. After they've seen their record improve in each year, this would be a deserved extension for a man who has changed the landscape of the Franchise. As reported by ESPN: Story going online now co-scribed with @WindhorstESPN: Toronto is in advanced negotiations on a contract extension with GM Masai Ujiri. — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 11,...
Raptors HQ Aug 11, 2016

NBA Schedule Release: The Toronto Raptors are set to play 82 games in 2016-17

Times, dates and places are locked in for 2016-17. It is literally never too early to start thinking about the next NBA season. Here we are on August 11th and the NBA has just released the 2016-17 regular season schedule. It is officially safe to confirm this: the Raptors are in there. As with last year, they will play 82 regular season games. You can view the entire schedule here. Now, some key dates and information: The Raptors season and home opener are both on October 26 vs. the Detroit Pistons — it’s the earliest start to the season in franchise history. Like last season, the...
Raptors HQ Aug 11, 2016

Raptors sign free agents Drew Crawford and Yanick Moreira

Not exactly huge deals, but the Raptors are filling out their training camp roster. The Raptors announced today that they have signed two more players, free agent guard Drew Crawford and centre Yanick Moreira, to contracts of unknown financial terms and length. Like the recent signings of Jarrod Uthoff and Fred VanVleet, it remains unclear if they’ll be on the actual Raps roster come opening day. The @Raptors have signed free agent guard Drew Crawford and centre Yanick Moreira. Both played for Raptors entry in LV Summer League. #rtz— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) August 11, 2016 Both...
Raptors HQ Aug 11, 2016

Watch: Highlights of USA’s close win over Australia feat. a cameo by Kyle Lowry

The team from down under manage to put a scare into the presumptive favourites. Led by Carmelo Anthony’s 31 points, Team USA managed a 98-88 win over Australia in a surprisingly close game yesterday. Despite the almost preposterously talented roster, the latest iteration of the Dream Team actually found themselves without the lead early in the fourth quarter as Patty Mills and company refused to go away. Unfortunately — for fans of an upset — the lead wouldn’t last. Let’s watch. As an update on how our Raptors are doing in Rio, here we go: Kyle Lowry is making a dent in the...
Raptors HQ Aug 10, 2016

John Saunders, sports journalist, broadcaster and former Raptors commentator, has passed

Rest in peace to the original voice of the Raptors, John Saunders. John Saunders, sports journalist and broadcaster, native of Ajax, Ontario, and original voice of the Toronto Raptors, has died today. He was 61 years old. Many tributes are already pouring in on Twitter and websites far and wide for Saunders, but I just wanted to take note of the role he had in shaping the sound of those first Raptors teams. While many think of Chuck Swirsky as the definitive narrator of the Raptors basketball, it was actually Saunders who was there on TV from day one. He held the post from the team’s...
Raptors HQ Aug 9, 2016

David Aldridge says Raptors had 27th Best Offseason (FYI: The NBA has 30 teams)

In this universe, the lack of Raptors moves suggests something not quite good. But is that true? We are presented this good morning with something of a philosophical conundrum. In an NBA vacuum, can a team’s inaction be judged as an absolute negative or is there some peace to be found in peaceful inactivity? How do we grade potential properly anyway? Forgive me if this all sounds like a zen koan. The coffee hasn’t quite kicked in. David Aldridge, your dad at NBA.com, ranked the respective offseason’s for all 30 teams in the NBA. The introduction of his piece makes clear the judging...
Raptors HQ Aug 6, 2016

DeRozan messes up at Rock, Paper, Scissors; Team USA annihilates China 109-61 anyway

It was, uh, not a close game. The Olympics are a time to bring people together in the appreciation of sport and global unity. It’s a beautiful sentiment, that. Even when you’re totally just stuntin’ on some fools on the basketball court. Team USA, which has clearly been restored to its Death Star role (minus the exhaust port) on the international basketball scene, steamrolled China today to the tune of 109-61. As you can imagine, it was not a competitive game. That said, what we’ll all be talking about tomorrow is the moment below: I think Team USA may be bored with China....
Raptors HQ Aug 5, 2016

Good luck to all three Raptors' players in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games!

DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Jonas Valanciunas will make each of their home nations proud. DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, and Jonas Valanciunas are all primed to have break out performances on the international stage, as they'll be representing their home nations with the eyes of the world trained upon them. Good luck to each of them as they strive to bring glory to their homelands! Good luck fellas. #WeTheNorth @JValanciunas @DeMar_DeRozan @Klow7 pic.twitter.com/Q35oLJrzBk — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) August 4, 2016 Here's the full schedule of Team USA initial...
Raptors HQ Aug 5, 2016

Kyle Lowry named Teammate of the Year by his Raptors peers

The award is part of the annual NBPA "Players Voice". This week, the National Basketball Players' Association announced their Players Voice awards. Kyle Lowry, who seems like a nice, funny guy, was given a Best Teammate award, selected by his Raptor peers. Check out the Eastern Conference #PlayersVoice Award winners for Best Teammate pic.twitter.com/zOywj3ycXq — NBPA (@TheNBPA) August 4, 2016 Lowry, as we know, is a well-liked player in the locker room and this is a nice way of confirming it. After a surly start to his career, this is another example of his character growth, and how he...
Raptors HQ Aug 4, 2016

The NBA Roast of the Toronto Raptors is still going on Reddit

It’s the dog days of summer, so we may as well have some fun at our favourite team’s expense. What is sports fandom really if not a constant barrage of disappointment? Yes, your favourite team will win games — even the very worst do! — but more often than not, said team will fail more often than it succeeds in its ultimate quest of winning a championship. In this way, sports are like life. To further the life-sports connection, the buzzing hivemind of r/NBA has been running roasts of each and every team in the league. Who doesn’t love an all-in-good-fun roast? What is life, after...
Raptors HQ Aug 4, 2016

Looking Ahead to Summer 2017: Where will the Raptors be then?

With the Raptors' off-season mostly settled down, let's take a look at what they can do this season and next summer. With the Raptors seemingly done for this summer, let's take a look ahead to what they can do via trade during the season and what next summer might look like in terms of cap flexibility. Here is the cap room situation for this season, as it stands right now. DeMar DeRozan's contract value is updated to the amount reported by Basketball-Insiders. DeMar DeRozan $26,540,100 Jonas Valanciunas $14,382,023 DeMarre Carroll $14,200,000  Kyle...
Raptors HQ Aug 3, 2016

“Giants of Africa” documentary featuring Masai Ujiri to Screen at TIFF

It’s the latest film from director Hubert Davis, and it promises to be something special. The Toronto International Film Festival announced today that this year’s festival, the 41st on record, will show the documentary Giants of Africa, directed by Hubert Davis and featuring the Raptors President and General Manager, Masai Ujiri. The documentary tells the story of the long (13 year!) development of the Nigerian-born Ujiri’s African basketball camp program that has gradually grown to include four countries — Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Rwanda — and countless players, coaches and...