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ESPN’s Early Projections have the Raptors at 51 wins for the 2016-17 season

Would you believe this total is actually fair and good and nice to the Raptors? Let it not be said that the Raptors are not teetering on the brink of something good, maybe great. Sure, they’re not going to win the title next year — not with the hydra-headed Warriors in the west and Goliath Lebron in the east — but they may be about to embark on a multi-year mission of sustained success. Could you have envisioned that back in say, 1997? Or 2005? Or 2011? Over at ESPN yesterday, the brainiacs in the computer department put down their first round of early projections for the Eastern...
Raptors HQ Jul 25, 2016

Jared Sullinger is apparently already on the Lowry Workout Plan

The photographic evidence is compelling. Ever since Kyle Lowry set the fitness bar in Toronto last summer, all professional athletes coming into the city have had a body of work (literally) to which they could aspire. You see, despite being a super hard worker on the court, Lowry had always been dinged for being a bit, hmmm, pudgy. Now, not pudgy like you and I are pudgy; Lowry could still bowling-ball down the lane with the best of them. But pudgy in that some of Lowry's opponents appear to be carved out of solid granite. It's a tough standard they got there in the NBA. Anyway, enter Jared...
Raptors HQ Jul 25, 2016

DeMar DeRozan had a blast surprising fans in a photo shoot!

The Raptors' All Star made some fans' day as he showed up unannounced at a Team USA photo shoot. DeMar DeRozan loves interacting with his fans. Recently, at a photo shoot in conjunction with Marriott Rewards, he jumped in and made some peoples' day! Check out this funny video! Got 'em! Had fun w/ @MarriottRewards surprising fans . Check it out! #FriendOfMR pic.twitter.com/MFNVqOH1WC — DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) July 24, 2016 Gotta love how easy DeRozan is around the general public. He was made for this type of thing. (h/t DeMar DeRozan)
Raptors HQ Jul 22, 2016

Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright discuss their bond, first formed at Utah

The two players have formed an interesting bond based off their previous college experiences. Jakob Poeltl and Delon Wright have a special connection in the sense that played together in college (Utah) for once year. After both shining in Vegas Summer League, the players talked about how they might have a slight leg up as they already know each other's games. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak also chimed in on the bond between the two players. What a cool story! (h/t Raptors)
Raptors HQ Jul 22, 2016

Hello world, Norman Powell stay the best

Check out this great first-person account from Powell as he reflects on his life and career to this point. Sometimes when we consider a basketball player it's easy to get lost in abstraction. The player fills a role, or a cap number; or he provides a specific statistical profile. He becomes and asset (or a detriment). Sometimes, usually after a long season, it is useful to step and realize that player is a person, one building an ongoing life, one coming from a specific history. Over at the official site of the National Basketball Player's Association, there's a tremendous feature on the...
Raptors HQ Jul 21, 2016

NBA Free Agency: Raptors sign Jarrod Uthoff to a 2-year partially guaranteed contract

Much like the Fred VanVleet signing, the Raptors are filling in their eventual training camp roster. The Raptors are not exactly making the guessing game for their final roster spot an easy one. Fresh off signing Fred VanVleet earlier this week, Toronto has now added Jarrod Uthoff, after signing him to a two-year partially guaranteed contract. As per usual, the deal was announced by Woj Shams: Sources: Undrafted Iowa forward Jarrod Uthoff has agreed to a partially guaranteed two-year deal with the Toronto Raptors. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 21, 2016 Uthoff, a 23-year-old...
Raptors HQ Jul 21, 2016

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 38 - The Jared Solo-inger Episode. Brought to you by Matt Bonner

Sean does a solo pod to discuss the Jared Sullinger signing and more! Welcome to The HeadQuarters! Sean Woodley does a solo edition of the podcast to discuss the Jared Sullinger signing, predict what Norman Powell might do with the Raptors in 2016-17 and answer a bunch of listener questions -- including a Pokémon related one. This episode is brought to you by Matt Bonner. Listen at the BlogTalk Radio link below and make sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Raptors HQ Jul 20, 2016

Raptors teammates DeRozan and Lowry sure look good in their Team USA jerseys

Dang guys! Swag. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are looking to lead Team USA to basketball gold in Rio. Before practice yesterday, a camera man caught them looking particularly fierce. @raptors and #USABMNT teammates @DeMar_DeRozan & @Klow7 before practice! #Unite pic.twitter.com/d4N8LcL30m — USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 19, 2016 Dang fellas! Save some of that for the Olympics! (h/t USA Basketball)
Raptors HQ Jul 19, 2016

Poll: What type of player should the Raptors sign as their 15th man?

There aren't as many names out there, but let's hash this out. Being a team's 15th man is a rather ignoble honour, but it still means a player is in the NBA. This is no small thing. Notwithstanding the Fred VanVleet signing (since it appears very unlikely the Raptors will carry four point guards on the roster), the Raptors still have a slot open on their roster. Who could fill it? Let's take a tumble down the depth chart, shall we. Here's how the current roster shakes out, position-wise: PG - Kyle Lowry, Cory Joseph, Delon Wright SG - DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell SF - DeMarre Carroll,...
Raptors HQ Jul 18, 2016

Throwback to when Fred VanVleet hit that almost-full-court buzzer beater

Now that Fred VanVleet has been signed to a multi-year deal, it’s time to remember when he hit a buzzer beater shot from waaaaaaay back on the court. Wait...That was just a few days ago? Lol, man, time in Vegas is nonexistent. Oh, okay, that was nice.
Raptors HQ Jul 18, 2016

NBA Free Agency: Raptors sign Fred VanVleet to multi-year contract

Details remain vague, but the Raptors like VanVleet and want him around in training camp. This is maybe not the deal you were looking for, but the Raptors have announced the signing of guard Fred VanVleet to a multi-year contract. The number of years in that "multi" designation, and the financial terms of the deal, have not be disclosed. Also still in the dark: how guaranteed the the partially-guaranteed deal actually is. VanVleet is a four-year player out of Wichita State, listed at 6' and 195 pounds. He averaged 10.2 points, 4.5 assists, 1.6 steals and 26.8 minutes in 141 games while in...
Raptors HQ Jul 18, 2016

The Raptors continue to build culture, sustainability this off-season

Masai Ujiri may have had one of his quieter off-seasons, but that's not necessarily bad for the Raptors' future. DeMar DeRozan has a knack for one-liners. The famous "don’t worry, I got us…" tweet sent after Chris Bosh’s departure sits above the other examples, returning to feeds every time he lives up to that lofty proclamation. His latest quotable moment came last Thursday, as he described his affection for Toronto and hope for the team’s future. DeMar DeRozan is ready to suit back up for the Toronto Raptors. pic.twitter.com/oI4o7RqVM8 — NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) July 15,...
Raptors HQ Jul 18, 2016

Norman Powell named to All-NBA Summer League Second Team, presumably plots revenge

At this point, Powell may be more chip than shoulder. While there is a league of difference between making the All-NBA team and the All-NBA Summer League team, Norman Powell presumably wants the honours. This is a dude, god bless him, who mentioned going for the Summer League title and MVP this July after the Raptors had been strangled out of the Eastern Conference Finals by the Cavaliers. He was still stewing over the disappointing Summer League loss from a year ago. This, after the best season in Raptors' franchise history. It was a slight Powell wanted rectified. The recognition, forever...
Raptors HQ Jul 16, 2016

LVSL: Raptors Eliminated by Wolves in Heartbreaker, 81-79

After a solid first three quarters, a shaky 4th and terrible call cost the Raptors their perfect record and place in the Las Vegas Summer League semifinals. The Raptors' Summer League is over, thanks to a close 81-79 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The game came down to the final play. Tied with one second left on the clock, the Timberwolves inbounded the ball to Tyus Jones, who took and missed a contested two, which would have sent the game to overtime. But on the play, Jones stuck his leg out sideways in a very egregious attempt to initiate contact, and the referees fell for it,...
Raptors HQ Jul 16, 2016

LVSL: Raptors take on the Timberwolves today in Summer League quarterfinals

Don't tell this squad the games don't matter. Yes, it's July 16th and we're still (still!) talking about basketball. Today, the Raptors take on the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League in their ongoing mission to claim the title. It doesn't count for anything, but don't tell these guys that. For the Wolves, the story had been about Kris Dunn, who has sat the last couple of games out with a concussion. Dunn was leading the team with averages of 24 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in the two games he played. No word yet on whether or not he is... done for the day. (This is...
Raptors HQ Jul 15, 2016

NBA Summer League 2016: Watch the Raptors hit two buzzer beating shots in win vs. Warriors

Both of these shots were pretty ridiculous! You’d think the team would be satisfied with only one of these shots. However, the Raptors walked out of their win against the Golden State Warriors’ Summer League squad with not one but two buzzer beating shots. The first came from Bruno Caboclo as the second quarter wound down: And the second came from Fred VanVleet, at the end of the third: Good lord man, that is a long range shot! Time to just start heaving things at the rim, I guess. I mean, why not? It seems like the Raptors are blessed right now as they continue their march...
Raptors HQ Jul 14, 2016

Summer Raptors beat Warriors 75-69

The Raptors beat the Warriors 75-69 to move on in the Summer League Playoffs. The Raptors held off a spirited charge from Patrick McCaw and the Golden State Warriors as the 1-seed overcame the 16-seed 75-69 to move on in the playoffs. Toronto will now take on the Minnesota Timberwolves, led by Kris Dunn, and look like a serious contender to take home the Summer League title, however meaningless that may be. The first half of this game was the Patrick McCaw show, despite the Raptors clinging on to a 39-35 lead. While the Raptors spread the scoring out over the first 20 minutes with seven...

Warriors vs. Raptors NBA summer league thread: Underdog Golden State seeks to stay alive

The 16-seed Warriors face the top seeded Raptors tonight at 7 p.m. PST. Among the reasons that the 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League will be different for than the regular season for new Golden State Warriors players is that they won't be playing from the position of underdog very much in the future. Beginning the summer league tournament yesterday as the 16th seed, they're doing exactly that. After knocking off the Houston Rockets with James Harden giggling with his buddy on the side before leaving early as his team lost, the Warriors face the top-seeded Toronto Raptors tonight. I could...
Raptors HQ Jul 14, 2016

LVSL: Raptors continue quest for the Summer League title tonight against the Golden State Warriors

Norman Powell and the Raptors are on a mission. With the preliminary games out of the way, the Las Vegas Summer League has now moved into the knockout portion of its tournament. Every team in attendance is still guaranteed to play five games, but if a team wants more -- and, most importantly, the title -- they've got to win all the way through now. For the Toronto Raptors, the tourney's one-seed and an undefeated 3-0, the Summer League championship is the goal. Toronto faces off against a 2-2 Golden State Warriors team led by the 38th pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Patrick McCaw, who is...
Raptors HQ Jul 14, 2016

DeMar DeRozan officially re-signs with Toronto, waxes poetic on love for franchise

Nothing but love from DeRozan, as he officially signs a five-year contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors. "I am Toronto." DeMar DeRozan summed it up with one of his first quotes this morning, which came moments after his signing of a five-year contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, the team that drafted him in 2009. DeRozan has always expressed his love for Toronto and his desire to stay with the Raptors, but seeing him reflect on the journey today was particularly special. You can watch video of the press conference below. There will be plenty to discuss on DeRozan in the...

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