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Raptors HQ 9 hours ago

Report: LaMarcus Aldridge to meet with Raptors in Free Agency

Pause for dramatic effect. Do not adjust your monitor. That name you see up there is not David Aldridge, noted NBA TV analyst, but is in fact LaMarcus Aldridge, noted NBA All-Star and free agent. Apparently, he plans on meeting with the Toronto Raptors brass to discuss his plans in said free agency. Let's all take a deep breath. According to league sources on RealGM, Aldridge will also be talking with the San Antonio Spurs (the presumed favourites) and the Houston Rockets (because they get involved in everything). There are obvious merits for him to join either team and It's worth...
Raptors HQ 9 hours ago

Report: Raptors to Hire OKC's Rex Kalamian as an Assistant Coach

Kalamian brings 20 years of NBA experience and a strong relationship with one Kevin Durant. Since the firing of "TV" Tom Sterner and Bill Bayno, there's been speculation around what the new staffing around head coach Dwane Casey would look like. That picture gets a little clearer today with the report from Yahoo's famously reliable Adrian Wojnarowski that the Raptors will hire Rex Kalamian as an assistant coach. Yahoo Sources: Toronto is finalizing an agreement to hire Rex Kalamian as an assistant coach. He had been on OKC's staff for six seasons. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June...
Raptors HQ 10 hours ago

Raptors Officially Announce D-League Franchise in Mississauga

The "Raptors 905" will begin their inaugural season next Fall and be based out of the Hershey Centre. For many Raptors analysts and writers, the Raptors lack of a D-League franchise was a serious hinderance to developing young talent. On Monday afternoon the wait was finally over, and the "Raptors 905" were born, and for young players, the Road to the Six begins in Mississauga: Matt Devlin along with D-League President Malcolm Turner, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Masai Ujiri were the panel assembled to announce the birth of the franchise. Turner began the proceedings, telling a...
Raptors HQ 16 hours ago

An Introduction to Norman Powell, the Raptors' other draftee

Delon Wright wasn't the only guy drafted by the Raptors on Thursday. Let's meet second-rounder Norman Powell. Second-round picks are hard to get too excited about. Rarely do the players snagged in the latter half the NBA Draft amount to anything worth remembering; improbable gems like Draymond Green and Manu Ginobili are exceptions, not the norm. Searching for steals has been a particularly futile operation for the Raptors. Uros Slokar, DeeAndre Hulett, Remon Van de Hare, Tomislav Zubcic - these aren't made up names - they're all potential answers to a future Matt Devlin trivia question as...
Raptors HQ Jun 28, 2015

Is this the new Raptors D-League team logo?

It has apparently leaked. But is this the actual logo for the "Raptors 905"? While the official announcement for the Raptors D-League affiliate is supposed to be tomorrow, information has already leaked on the internet. It has been reported (by the Toronto Star and Sun) that the team will be based in the Hershey Centre. There is the rumour that the team will be called something to the effect of "Raptors 905". (Which, um, FYI, is a dumb name.) And now, apparently, we may have a logo? See for yourself: Leaked? New logo of #Raptors #NBA D-League team "Raptors 905", appeared briefly (then...
Raptors HQ Jun 28, 2015

Al-Farouq Aminu to Visit With Raptors, Five Other Teams

The small forward opted out of his Mavericks contract and the Raptors are on the shortlist of possible destinations. With free agency season about to get into full swing, TNT's David Aldridge reports that unrestricted free agent Al-Farouq Aminu will visit the Toronto Raptors, along with five other teams. An under the radar free agent will be Dallas' Al-Faroqu Aminu. Sked to visit NYK, BOS, POR, TOR & NOP, w/Mavs still in mix. — David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 28, 2015 Aminu has spent his first five years in the league with the Clippers, Pelicans, and, most recently, the...
Raptors HQ Jun 26, 2015

Let's Meet Delon Wright, the Raptors' new point guard

Masai Ujiri got busy last night, filling in the hole left by Greivis Vasquez by drafting Delon Wright. Here's a breakdown of his game. So that one came a little bit out of left field. Going into the draft, Point Guard was probably the most settled position on the Raptors' squad. Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams made for a solid backcourt rotation last year, so most assumed that the Raptors would be addressing the wing or front court in the draft. Masai Ujiri obviously had something to say about that. Two years after stealing a first round pick for Andrea Bargnani, Ujiri pulled a...
Raptors HQ Jun 26, 2015

This Summer in Social: Bruno and Bebe are Great

Your regular look inside the lives of the Toronto Raptors, including those who may not be Toronto Raptors much longer. It's been a while, but with the draft and free agency imminent, it seemed like a mighty good time to run this column back and look at how the Toronto Raptors are faring on social media. After all, this is the last time we'll be covering this 2014-15 group of players before the roster changes start to add up (try not to cheer too loudly). We'll start with Lou Williams, who took some time this month to manually RT a bunch of fans and spit hot truths about the other Raptors...
Raptors HQ Jun 26, 2015

The Raptors Get Defensive with their 2015 Draft Picks

So who are these guys the Raptors picked? The Raptors entered the 2015 draft with the 20th pick and rumours swirling and not much else. Then, about midway through the first round, Greivis Vasquez was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for the Clippers' 2017 draft pick and the 46th pick in the draft this year. This trade is interesting for a few reasons. The Raptors now have two extra first round draft picks. In next year's draft they now have their own first rounder as well as either the Knicks or Nuggets first round pick (whichever is worse, as the Nuggets get to pick which one they get). That...
Raptors HQ Jun 26, 2015

City of Mississauga to be granted NBA D-League team

The Toronto Raptors D-League team look to finally have a home (and name). Lost in all the excitement of the NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors have secured the rights to an NBA D-League team just outside the City of Toronto. According to the Toronto Star, the team will be based in Mississauga. An official announcement will be made on Monday. Per the Star, the team will play at the Hershey Centre and "will be named something along the lines of Raptors905". The news was also confirmed by the Toronto Sun. Can confirm Raptors getting D-League team in Mississauga. @SmithRaps first to report....
Raptors HQ Jun 25, 2015

2015 NBA Draft: Raptors get Norman Powell at no. 46 as part of Greivis Vasquez Trade

As many thought, the Raptors managed to trade into the second round and pick Norman Powell from UCLA. While mid- to late-second round picks are rarely impact players in the NBA, they do have value. As part of the Raptors' trade of Greivis Vasquez, it's been confirmed that Toronto gets the no. 46 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. With the pick, the Raptors get shooting guard Norman Powell from UCLA. He's a 6'4" guard who was pegged to go around the late 40s. In his last NCAA season, he averaged 16.4 points, 2.1 assists, 1.8 steals, while shooting 45.6 percent from the floor (and 31.9 percent from...
Raptors HQ Jun 25, 2015

2015 NBA Draft: Raptors get defensive - choose Delon Wright 20th overall

Meet the newest Toronto Raptor: Utah point guard Delon Wright The Toronto Raptors have selected Utah guard Delon Wright with the 20th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. This is an entirely understandable pick for the Raptors in the wake of Greivis Vasquez getting shipped out earlier in the evening. Wright stands at 6'6, and Jay Bilas referred to him as being potentially the best defensive point guard available in the draft. At 23-years old, the 6'6 Wright should be able to contribute right away and provide a defensive boost to the Raptors' second unit. He posted totals of 14.5 points, 5.1 assists...
Raptors HQ Jun 25, 2015

2015 NBA Draft: Trade Alert - Raptors deal Greivis Vasquez to the Bucks

The Raptors move into tonight's second round. According to Yahoo, the Toronto Raptors have dealt point guard Greivis Vasquez to the Milwaukee Bucks: The Bucks have acquired Raptors guard Grievis Vasquez in a trade, a source told Yahoo. — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) June 26, 2015 Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski also detailed the return coming the Raptors way: a future first and second round pick. The Bucks will take Greieves Vasquez into space, sending a future first and second round pick to Raptors, league source tells Yahoo. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 26,...
Raptors HQ Jun 25, 2015

2015 NBA Draft Live Thread: Let's make some picks!

Let's all watch the NBA Draft together and make some incisive commentary (or, let's be real, a ton of jokes). The NBA Draft is on in two hours! Does it feel like we've been talking about this for weeks now or is it just me? Anyway, if you haven't already, check out the Raptors HQ stream of all things draft-related. We've got a look at mock drafts, polls, prospects and the past. Then, when you're ready, let's get talking about which team will pick who, who will have the best post-draft handshake (gotta be Kaminsky right?), and who the Raptors will pick. We'll be here alllllll night. Now,...
Raptors HQ Jun 25, 2015

Poll: Who should the Toronto Raptors draft at no. 20?

Or a better question: can we get a consensus here? The NBA Draft starts tonight at 7pm with the Minnesota Timberwolves set to make the first pick. Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns is apparently locked in at number one but questions remain about the rest of the field. Where does Kristaps Porzingis go? Will the Knicks do something crazy? Is Jahlil Okafor really about to drop down the board? So many questions! The Raptors, meanwhile, will be sitting back at no. 20 biding their time. There is a sizeable group of players who very well may be available for them then. More questions abound. For our...
Raptors HQ Jun 25, 2015

Remembering Joey: And other lessons we've learned from past Raptors draft picks

The Raptors have had their hand in 18 NBA Drafts. Over that time, we've learned a few lessons as to what makes for a successful pick. After all the rampant speculation, it's finally here: the 2015 NBA Draft! Our insane guessing games can finally come to an end. (Until free agency starts next week; then get ready to get nuts.) The Draft is a special time on the basketball calendar - a day reserved for hope, promise and, frankly, abject horror. For their part, the Raptors have made 33 picks in the 18 drafts in which they've participated. (They had no picks in 2007 and 2013.) Some players have...
Raptors HQ Jun 24, 2015

Report: Raptors "Actively Exploring Trades" for Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jonas Valanciunas

Report indicates that Masai Ujiri believes the Toronto Raptors core has peaked as currently constructed. According to a report by Joe Kotoch at Sheridan Hoops, the Toronto Raptors are actively exploring trades for three core players: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, and Jonas Valanciunas. While the source of this report isn't blue chip, it does cite "several NBA executives" and would confirm what Masai Ujiri meant when he referred to the Raptors on Monday as "open for business". Kotoch's sources also mention that Ujiri believes that the Raptors core as it stands today has reached its peak, even...
Raptors HQ Jun 24, 2015

Who Ya Got? The Raptors HQ 2015 Draft Wishlist Roundtable

With the draft just a day away, the HQ staffers present their top preferences for the Raptors' 20th overall pick. Draft coverage has been coming in strong over the past couple of weeks here at Raptors HQ. The Raptors taking Bruno Caboclo with the 20th overall pick last year hasn't deterred people from doing their deep research on this year's draft crop. Based on Masai Ujiri's comments yesterday (grain of salt alert), it sounds as if this year's pick won't come out of left field. Daniel Hackett was kind enough to write a series of Fan Posts previewing the list of prospects (PGs, SGs, SFs)...
Raptors HQ Jun 24, 2015

2015 NBA Draft: The Toronto Raptors at number 20

For the 2015 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors are picking at number 20. Here's everything you need to know in advance of June 25. The NBA draft is scheduled for June 25, 2015, and while the Raptors are not expected to be one of the big movers and/or shakers of the day, the team does have the 20th pick. To that end, the Raptors are holding their first day of pre-draft workouts today. The following players are out on the practice court today to impress the Raptors brass: Jerian Grant, Guard, 6-5, Notre DameChavaughn Lewis, Guard, 6-5, MaristRondae Hollis-Jefferson, Forward, 6-7, ArizonaJustin...
Raptors HQ Jun 24, 2015

Flock to the Mock: The Raptors HQ Mock Draft 2015

Everyone else has one. Why not us? Welcome to the Raptors HQ Mock Draft (first round only). A few things to keep in mind before scrolling down and getting angry at these first round picks: Firstly, this mock has been put together without any inside information whatsoever. It's merely a fun exercise for which I'm trying to match a player to each team based on that team's current roster make-up, the skill-level of the draftees, and what the scuttlebutt around the league has been suggesting in recent weeks. Secondly, no trade scenarios have been considered. It's impossible to predict if any...

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