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Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 31, 2014

Raptors Sign Guard Will Cherry - Roster Now Set at 15

Toronto grabs Summer League stand-out Will Cherry to complete its roster for the 2014-15 season. So looks like we have our answer on that 15th roster spot we've been discussing on the site. Late last night, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Toronto Raptors had indeed signed the player Spears had recently linked them to, Guard Will Cherry. From Spears' tweet: Former D-League Canton guard Will Cherry has agreed in principle to sign a two-year minimum deal with the Raptors, a source told Yahoo. If it's indeed a minimum salary deal Cherry would likely receive just over $500k...
Raptors HQ Jul 29, 2014

Dog Days of Summer - Some Raptors and NBA Offseason Thoughts Part 1

With basketball withdrawal squarely affecting the HQ team, we try to stir up some discussion by bringing up some talking points that have been on our minds this NBA offseason. You know you're starved for basketball when you suffer from NBA Summer League withdrawal. I find myself reminiscing about the glorious days of games with no foul-out rules being played by fringe NBA-ers with their careers on the line. It's a different kind of high stakes environment than the NBA Playoffs, to be sure. With a few months still to go before training camp begins, the NBA offseason activity has slowed to a...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 27, 2014

Sunday Poll: What Should the Raptors Do With Their Final Roster Spot?

Over the past couple days, we've been talking about Toronto's final roster spot on the site.  We mentioned the tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports regarding Will Cherry, and yesterday Zach and I kicked around some other ideas for the 15th spot on the roster.  Emeka Okafor, Jordan Crawford, Seth Curry, you name'em. We even through out Mr. "Ball" himself. But regardless of player names, there are a few over-arching themes to the use of the final spot on the club.  The club could simply leave the spot open, they could look to bring in a proven vet, Toronto could look to develop a...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 26, 2014

Jump Ball: Examining Options for the Raptors Final Roster Spot

In our latest edition of "Jump Ball," Zach and I discuss some options for that last spot on the Toronto Raptors' roster. So, the Toronto Raptors have one remaining roster spot after waiving guard Dwight Buycks last week.  They may look to keep that spot open but they may also look to fill it, and as we mentioned on the site yesterday, the club has been linked to free agent point guard Will Cherry. Since there's not a lot else going on in Raptorland, Zach and I thought we'd do a little back-and-forth regarding potential options in case the Raps did want to grab a 15th man, one that didn't...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 25, 2014

Spears: Raptors Interested in Free Agent Guard Will Cherry

Are the Raptors looking to fill that 15th and final roster spot? Yep, things have been pretty quiet on the Raptors front now that Summer League has wrapped up.  Toronto still has an open roster spot however, so there has indeed been some speculation as to what they'll do with it.  Zach and I were in fact in the middle of a back-and-forth piece debating various options for said opening when Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears tweeted the following earlier this afternoon: WHO? That may be your first reaction to Spears' tweet but if you watched any of the Cleveland Cavaliers Summer League...
Fear The Sword Jul 25, 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly interested in signing Will Cherry to roster

Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly interested in signing Will Cherry to roster

The point guard who played for the Cavs during the Las Vegas Summer League is reportedly also drawing interest from the Raptors. According to Yahoo's Marc Spears, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors are interested in signing 6'1" point guard Will Cherry. After strong summer league, free agent Will Cherry, ex-D-League Canton guard, is getting serious interest from Cavs & Raptors, a source said — Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 25, 2014 Cherry played with the Cavs during the Las Vegas Summer League. In five games, he averaged 25.2 minutes, 12.8 points, 4 rebounds, and 3...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 21, 2014
Help Wanted: Join the RaptorsHQ Team!

Help Wanted: Join the RaptorsHQ Team!

We're staffing up in preparation for next season and we want YOU! The Call from HQ: Join the team! Hello everyone, we are looking for writers to help discuss, promote and cover all things related to Raptors basketball. If you've ever wanted to see your name on the front page of an SB Nation site, now is your time. What's the Deal? The ground floor benefit of joining the Raptors HQ staff is easy: you'll be a leading voice in the boisterous and opinionated Raptors community. You'll get to have your work read by a voracious bunch of basketball fans. And maybe you'll even get to turn a...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 21, 2014

Final Thoughts and Grades on Raptors 2014 Summer League Performance

The Toronto Raptors didn't win many games in Vegas, but as Adam Francis and Zach Salzmann discuss, there were some bright spots from Summer League. Franchise: So, the Raptors win two of five games in Vegas, and their three losses were of the "we got destroyed" variety.  What were your overall thoughts regarding this iteration of the Raptors' Summer League squad? Zach: As a collective group, this Summer League squad was in the bad-to-horrible range, there's no sense in sugar-coating it. It's tough to put into words how bad that second half against the Rockets was. I don't think...
Raptors HQ Jul 19, 2014

Raptors Finish Summer League With a Win Over the Clippers

I may or may not have watched this game... The Raptors finished their 2014 Summer League stint with a 64-60 win over the Los Angeles Clippers last night, and finish with a record of 2-3. The Raps won the game despite only connecting on 3 of their 23 attempts from downtown, and shooting just 36% from the field. Another barnstormer, I'm sure. Unfortunately neither Adam or myself actually got around to watching last night's epic contest -- Adam's at a wedding in P.E.I. (that's a good excuse) and I tuned into NBA TV at 6, saw that they were broadcasting another game and didn't feel like...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 18, 2014

Raptors Cap Off 2014 NBA Summer League With Game vs Clippers

Summer League for the Toronto Raptors' Vegas squad, mercifully comes to a conclusion this evening... Well, there's not much to say here that Zach and I haven't already said. The Toronto Raptors 2014 NBA Summer League experience concludes today with a 6 PM EST game against the Los Angeles' Clippers squad.  Both the Raps and Clips enter this game with a lone win to go with three losses, and in some ways are simply playing this thing out. In other ways, obviously both teams view this as just one more chance for their youngsters to get some run, for the Raptors that means Bruno Caboclo, Lucas...
Raptors HQ Jul 17, 2014

The Raptors Implode Against the Rockets, But Caboclo Impresses

Well, that was rather hideous There's a moment in most Summer League games when, as a spectator, you say to yourself: Wow, this really doesn't resemble basketball. Actually, last night there were plenty of those moments. The Raptors Summer League participation came to a merciful close as they fell 93-77 to the Houston Rockets. The Raps were up 56-30 at half-time thanks to some impressive play from Bruno Caboclo and an equally impressive performance/furious attempt to not get waived next Monday by Dwight Buycks. Buycks top-scored for the Raps with 24 points, while Caboclo had 12 -- all...
Raptors HQ Jul 16, 2014

Raptors-Rockets Summer League Playoff Preview

Playoffs?! The Toronto Raptors Summer League adventure continues tonight, as Bruno Caboclo and company face off against the 1-2 Houston Rockets. The winners will play a very talented Cleveland Cavaliers team on Friday...and will most likely lose. As Adam has mentioned in his previous two game recaps, this Raps team just isn't very good -- they're pretty dreadful in fact. After a scrappy opening win over the Lakers, the team has lost their last two tilts by 28 and 31 points, against the Nuggets and Mavericks respectively. The teams that have been awful in the NBA for the past couple seasons...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 15, 2014

Raptors Demolished Again In Summer League Play, Lose 88 to 57 to Mavericks

The Toronto Raptors continue to have a rough go in Summer League play... If you were looking for bright spots in the Toronto Raptors' 88 to 57 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, you probably needed to focus on another Summer League match-up. The Dinos were beaten up again, losing to a solid yet unspectacular Mavs' squad in a game where the Raps shot 30 per cent from the field and turned the ball over a ridiculous 30 times.  Ricky Ledo, who we mentioned in our preview, led the way for Dallas with 18 points, and Dallas led pretty much wire to wire in this one. Oh, and BRUNO got a rude awakening...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 14, 2014

Raptors' DeRozan Added to USA Basketball Training Camp Roster

Another accolade for the Raptors' swingman... A nice little tidbit of news via the Raptors' Media Relations crew.  Toronto Raptors swingman DeMar DeRozan was named to the 2014-16 Men's National Team Roster today and will be among a field of 19 players participating at the team's Las Vegas training camp July 28 through August 1. From that group, a smaller group of players will be selected for the 2014 USA World Cup Team which will be competing in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, scheduled to begin August 30 in Spain. Also from the press release: DeRozan is one of 11 players on the roster...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 14, 2014

2014 NBA Summer League: Raptors vs Mavericks Gameday Preview

The Toronto Raptors finish off their regular season Vegas play with a match tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. The Toronto Raptors are back in Vegas action tonight, taking on the Dallas Mavericks' Summer League squad.  The Mavericks are coming off 93 to 85 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves and have a record of 1 and 1 so far in Vegas play. The Dinos, after suffering a fairly large defeat on Saturday at the hands of the Denver Nuggets, find themselves with a 1 and 1 record too.  Tonight's match is Toronto's last before heading into Summer League playoff action, so a win would be a...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 13, 2014

Harris, Nuggets Crush Raptors 110 - 82 in Summer League Play

After winning their first Summer League game, the Toronto Raptors were exposed by the high octane Denver Nuggets and 2014 draft selection Gary Harris. As the story goes, the Toronto Raptors reportedly had two targets with their 20th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Both ended up being selected prior to the Raptors' pick, so Masai Ujiri and co. went with their next option, the completely unknown Bruno Caboclo. Their first option was of course Tyler Ennis, the Canadian point guard who was coming off a terrific season at Syracuse. The other option was reportedly Michigan State swingman Gary...
Denver Stiffs Jul 12, 2014
Summer League Recap: Nuggets thump Raptors 110-82 behind Gary Harris' 33 points

Summer League Recap: Nuggets thump Raptors 110-82 behind Gary Harris' 33 points

The Nuggets "big three" all turned in fine performances today in a big win over the Raptors. Gary Harris had 33 points, Quincy Miller added 23 of his own, and Erick Green put up 17 points to go along with 4 assists in the Denver Nuggets' 110-82 victory over the Toronto Raptors. A very solid way to start out summer play. I'm not 100% sure that the box score from today's game is correct. NBA.com has Harris at 30 points, but I'm pretty sure he put up 33 today in the win. So trust this box lightly: box score. The Nuggets relied heavily on three-point shooting, according to the box score (that...
Denver Stiffs Jul 12, 2014

NBA Summer League: Nuggets vs Raptors

Here is an open/game thread for Las Vegas Summer League. The Nuggets will play the Toronto Raptors at 4pm. Place your thoughts below.
Raptors HQ Jul 12, 2014
Raptors Win in Summer League Overshadows LeBron's Return to Cleveland

Raptors Win in Summer League Overshadows LeBron's Return to Cleveland

...well, not really. Let's start things off with a confession: It's really hard for me to get excited about Summer League. I totally understand that for the journalists lucky enough to spend a week in Vegas, watching the games court-side (and...umm...doing other things), it's a fun event. But watching low-quality basketball on television, after watching the San Antonio Spurs just a month prior -- the best basketball I've ever seen --  (and having to listen to Reggie Miller drone on for 2 hours), isn't exactly a thrilling experience. The Raptors opened up their Summer League campaign...
Adam Francis / Raptors HQ Jul 11, 2014
LeBron James Returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers: Good News for the Raptors?

LeBron James Returns to the Cleveland Cavaliers: Good News for the Raptors?

What's good for the Cavs, is likely good for the Raptors too. I finally managed to extricate myself from the world of Twitter here to pen a few quick thoughts on LeBron and his return to Cleveland. However I'm not even sure where to start. In no way was I prepared for a situation where James returned to Cleveland, after the way he exited, and the way he was treated by owner Dan Gilbert, fans, etc, etc. I mean, isn't this whole situation as unlikely as Michael Bay making a good Transformers movie?  Or Iggy Azalea being relevant two years from now? Not only that, but the way the news broke?...

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