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Raptors HQ Feb 25, 2017
Friday’s game a win for the Raptors, and qualitative analysis

Friday’s game a win for the Raptors, and qualitative analysis

Those Grit ‘n Grind Grizzlies teams might have been on to something. Before Thursday’s trade deadline, DeMarre Carroll held the mantle as the toughest dude in the Raptors locker room. This is the guy who defended LeBron James on one working leg in the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals; the guy who has overcome personal tragedy, a rare liver disease and life as an NBA journeyman; the guy whose reputation for tenacity earned him $60 million from the Raptors in the summer of 2015. If Friday’s 107-97 win over Boston is any indication, Carroll has challengers now. Toronto’s two deadline...
Raptors HQ Feb 24, 2017
Salary Cap Update: Absorbing the P.J. Tucker Trade

Salary Cap Update: Absorbing the P.J. Tucker Trade

The Raptors look like they have a rock solid rotation after the trade deadline. But what about next year? The Raptors traded for P.J. Tucker, rounding out their rotation for their upcoming playoff run, and gave up little in return. Let’s consider the short term and long term implications of the deal. The Trade The Raptors traded P.J. Tucker for Jared Sullinger and their 2017 and 2018 2nd round draft picks. Tucker makes $5.3 million this season and is an expiring contract. He is on the final year of a three year deal, so the Raptors will have his Bird Rights this summer. Sullinger makes...
Raptors HQ Feb 24, 2017
Dinos & Digits: Step up for the Trade Deadline Special

Dinos & Digits: Step up for the Trade Deadline Special

This week, we look at players coming in and going out at this year’s trade deadline. Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion. We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section. OK, let's get down to it. Here are this week's interesting...
Raptors HQ Feb 24, 2017
Trade Deadline Roundup: Raptors gear up, Celtics stand pat

Trade Deadline Roundup: Raptors gear up, Celtics stand pat

The P.J. Tucker acquisition looms large as the Raptors’ East competition largely stands pat. Thursday’s trade deadline ended up being less zany than we expected. From a Raptors’ perspective, though, there’s every reason to come away satisfied. Toronto satiated their need for a backup wing to replace Terrence Ross, and got a stout defensive one in P.J. Tucker. That they only had to give up two second round picks and Jared Sullinger — who was not likely to play with the Raptors anyway — is another fantastic maneuver by Masai Ujiri. What about the other teams in the Eastern...
Raptors HQ Feb 24, 2017
Hope Springs Eternal as Raptors host Celtics: Preview, Start Time and More

Hope Springs Eternal as Raptors host Celtics: Preview, Start Time and More

After a rough patch before the All-Star break, the Raptors have new faces and health on their side as they take on Boston. After losing 11 of their 16 games before All-Star Weekend, the Toronto Raptors have a great opportunity to hit the reset button in the season’s home stretch. A win over Charlotte last Wednesday showed some signs of emotional life, but even more promising is the new-look team that takes the court tonight. Serge Ibaka is here, Patrick Patterson is (finally) healthy, and P.J. Tucker is on the way. The Raptors finally have a ten-man rotation void of rookies and uneven...
Raptors HQ Feb 24, 2017
Milwaukee Bucks Sign 905 Swingman Axel Toupane

Milwaukee Bucks Sign 905 Swingman Axel Toupane

The Milwaukee Bucks have signed 905 guard Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract. Late Thursday evening, Chris Reichert from The Step Back reported the Milwaukee Bucks are signing Axel Toupane to a 10-day contract. The Milwaukee Bucks are signing Axel Toupane of the Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract, per a league source— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) February 24, 2017 I have been saying for awhile now it was just a matter of time until Toupane returned to the NBA. With the Bucks fighting for a playoff spot, and down one Jabari Parker, the pickup makes sense. Toupane has been the...
Raptors HQ Feb 23, 2017
Bringing Up Bebe Week 18: Turbulent Trade Talk

Bringing Up Bebe Week 18: Turbulent Trade Talk

Was Lucas Nogueira ever in trade talks? It’s a moot point now. I never believed the Raptors would actually trade Lucas Nogueira before this afternoon’s deadline. That’s the truth. Could I see the team relying on him in the playoff crunch? After the trades for Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker, no, probably not. If Bebe were to come into a post-season game, it would be for a modest spell, or to power those Kyle Lowry plus bench lineups the Raptors love to roll out. Down the stretch, it would be Patrick Patterson and Ibaka in the front court. We know this. That doesn’t make the trade talk...
National Post Feb 23, 2017
Toronto Raptors acquire forward P.J. Tucker from Phoenix Suns, further bolstering defence for stretch run

Toronto Raptors acquire forward P.J. Tucker from Phoenix Suns, further bolstering defence for stretch run

The cost for Tucker was a pair of second-round picks and power forward Jared Sullinger, who never really got to show Toronto what he could do
Toronto Sun Feb 23, 2017
Raptors acquire P.J. Tucker of the Suns

Raptors acquire P.J. Tucker of the Suns

Remember all that pushing and prodding, that push by Raptors coach Dwane Casey for a more defensive mindset?
Raptors HQ Feb 23, 2017
Report: Raptors trade for Suns’ P.J. Tucker, fulfil destiny

Report: Raptors trade for Suns’ P.J. Tucker, fulfil destiny

In at the 3pm horn, the Raptors have made another move. Reported by the one and only Woj right at the buzzer, the Raptors have reportedly made a trade for the Phoenix Suns’ P.J. Tucker. Here’s the tweet: The Phoenix Suns are trading PJ Tucker to the Toronto Raptors, league source tells @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017 Sources: Toronto is sending Jared Sullinger and two future second-round picks to Phoenix for PJ Tucker.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 23, 2017 More details as they appear (in the timeline).
Raptors HQ Feb 23, 2017
NBA Trade Deadline: Raptors reportedly interested in Wilson Chandler

NBA Trade Deadline: Raptors reportedly interested in Wilson Chandler

Yet another name for us to ponder. According to a report by ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Raptors have inquired about Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler ahead of today’s 3 p.m. trade deadline. In addition to P.J. Tucker, Toronto has also pursued Wilson Chandler, league sources say. Denver, like Phoenix, wants a first-rounder back.— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 23, 2017 First off, it’s important to be wary of the wording of Stein’s tweet. “Toronto has also pursued Wilson Chandler” is a lot different than “The Raptors are actively pursuing Wilson Chandler.” As is the...
Raptors HQ Feb 23, 2017
NBA Trade Deadline: Reviewing the Raptors’ Wish List

NBA Trade Deadline: Reviewing the Raptors’ Wish List

Just because you wished for it, doesn’t mean it will come true. It borders on greedy for Raptors fans to expect a second pre-deadline move by Masai Ujiri before 3 p.m. Thursday. Toronto has already landed it’s prized target in Serge Ibaka -- the long-needed power forward who alters the complexion of the roster and provides stability and versatility to the once thin front court. If the Raptors do nothing between now and the deadline, they’ll probably be just fine. Yes, the Wizards made a shrewd move to add Bojan Bogdanovic and the Celtics loom as an ever-present threat to shake up...
Arizona Republic Feb 23, 2017
Suns trade P.J. Tucker to Raptors for Jared Sullinger, picks

Suns trade P.J. Tucker to Raptors for Jared Sullinger, picks

The Phoenix Suns made a couple of moves at the NBA trade deadline.         
Sports Illustrated Feb 23, 2017
Report: Suns trade P.J. Tucker to Raptors for Jared Sullinger, two second-round picks

Report: Suns trade P.J. Tucker to Raptors for Jared Sullinger, two second-round picks

The Suns have reportedly traded P.J. Tucker to the Raptors for Jared Sullinger and two-second round picks.
FOX Sports Feb 23, 2017
NBA Trade Grades: Toronto Raptors Add P.J. Tucker From Phoenix Suns

NBA Trade Grades: Toronto Raptors Add P.J. Tucker From Phoenix Suns

In another move to bolster the roster for a playoff run, the Toronto Raptors added P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns. Here are NBA Trade Grades for the deal.After making a power move to acquire Serge Ibaka last week, the Toronto Raptors weren't done posturing for another deep playoff run as t...
FOX Sports Feb 23, 2017
Trade Grades: Raptors Fortify Roster With P.J. Tucker Before The Deadline

Trade Grades: Raptors Fortify Roster With P.J. Tucker Before The Deadline

After landing Serge Ibaka last week, the Raptors squeezed in another move before the deadline, acquiring P.J. Tucker on the cheap from the Suns.
Arizona Republic Feb 23, 2017
Mixed reaction to Suns' P.J. Tucker trade with Raptors

Mixed reaction to Suns' P.J. Tucker trade with Raptors

The Phoenix Suns made a couple of moves at the NBA trade deadline on Thursday, sending http://www.azcentral.         
FOX Sports Feb 23, 2017
NBA Trade Grades: Nuggets Get Roy Hibbert From Bucks

NBA Trade Grades: Nuggets Get Roy Hibbert From Bucks

The Denver Nuggets have agreed to send a protected second round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for Roy Hibbert. Here are NBA Trade Grades for the deal.Sandwiched between the high-profile swap of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Chicago Bulls and the Toronto Raptors snagging defensive aceP.J. Tucker, the...
FOX Sports Feb 23, 2017
Raptors upgrade defense by acquiring P.J. Tucker in trade with Suns

Raptors upgrade defense by acquiring P.J. Tucker in trade with Suns

Toronto is preparing for a playoff battle with the Cavaliers
FOX Sports Feb 23, 2017
Toronto Raptors Trade Jared Sullinger For P.J. Tucker

Toronto Raptors Trade Jared Sullinger For P.J. Tucker

The Toronto Raptors have acquired P.J. Tucker from the Phoenix Suns.The biggest move for the Toronto Raptors came before the trade deadline when they traded for Serge Ibaka. But the team wasn't done there. The Raptors have traded Jared Sullinger and two second round picks to the Phoenix Suns ...
CSN New England Feb 24, 2017

Celtics-Raptors preview: Ibaka is 'capable of changing the game'

TORONTO The decision to stand pat at the trade deadline for the Boston Celtics was made in part because they felt that as their
Isaiah Thomas 'surprised' Celtics didn't make move at trade deadline

Isaiah Thomas 'surprised' Celtics didn't make move at trade deadline

TORONTO --  Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas was admittedly surprised that Danny Ainge didn’t make a trade by yesterday’s deadline.“I’m surprised we didn’t make a move, but that’s not my job,” Thomas said prior to tonight's game against the Raptors.“I trust in Danny Ainge and those guys in the front office. That’s what they do on a daily basis. They know that they had a good deal or they didn’t. Just like last year. Since I’ve been here we haven’t had a trade, so it’s not a surprise. We just roll with the punches and go with what we’ve got in this locker room.”
FOX Sports Feb 24, 2017
Toronto Raptors Closer To Contention After Trade Deadline

Toronto Raptors Closer To Contention After Trade Deadline

The Toronto Raptors have bolstered their roster with the additions of Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker. But is it enough to dethrone the Cavaliers?There's no denying that the Toronto Raptors are a vastly improved team after their moves over the last week. The team headed into the All-Star break 16...
CSN New England Feb 25, 2017

Blakely: Raptors newcomers show Celtics what they're missing

TORONTO Its far too soon to say if the Celtics decision to stand pat at the trade deadline was a mistake. But the early returns
FOX Sports Feb 25, 2017
Bucks sign forward Toupane to 10-day contract

Bucks sign forward Toupane to 10-day contract

Axel Toupane brought up after playing for Raptors 905 in D-League
Inquisitr Feb 25, 2017
Toronto Raptors Could Be A Threat To Cleveland Cavaliers

Toronto Raptors Could Be A Threat To Cleveland Cavaliers

With the NBA trade deadline recently passed, the biggest news of the 2017 trade deadline cycle was easily the New Orleans Pelicans acquiring the services of big man DeMarcus Cousins. Surely, with the New Orleans Pelicans acquiring DeMarcus Cousins to pair with established All-Star and fellow franchise player Anthony Davis, New Orleans has certainly positioned themselves for future success. That said, however, while most headlines focus on the big name, blockbuster trades, sometimes it’s the minor tweak to any given roster that can make the biggest difference — and that is precisely the...
FOX Sports 19 hours ago
Orlando Magic: Early Assessment Of Terrence Ross

Orlando Magic: Early Assessment Of Terrence Ross

Despite only playing two games for the team so far, Terrence Ross is making quite the impression for the Orlando Magic.The Orlando Magic made only one meaningful move at the trade deadline, swapping out Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors in favor of Terrence Ross.While this may have been done ...
Bright Side Of The Sun Feb 23, 2017
Locked On Suns Thursday: Missing out on Boogie, Tucker to Toronto

Locked On Suns Thursday: Missing out on Boogie, Tucker to Toronto

We are back with a breaking edition of the podcast right after the trade deadline! Topics: P.J Tucker to the Toronto Raptors. Good move? Second-round picks having value DeMarcus Cousins and why the Suns really missed out on a big opportunity But... you can’t outbid stupid Biggest winners from the trade deadline Expectations for the last quarter
Brew Hoop Feb 24, 2017
Report: Bucks adding Axel Toupane from Raptors 905 to fill final roster spot

Report: Bucks adding Axel Toupane from Raptors 905 to fill final roster spot

Milwaukee took care of that 15th roster spot real quick Chris Reichert is reporting that the Milwaukee Bucks will be adding Raptors 905 player Axel Toupane to their roster to fill the spot vacated by the Roy Hibbert trade to the Denver Nuggets. The Milwaukee Bucks are signing Axel Toupane of the Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract, per a league source— Chris Reichert (@Chris_Reichert) February 24, 2017 Toupane is a 6’7” athletic wing whose latest stint in the NBA was 21 games last year for the Denver Nuggets, where he averaged 14.5 minutes per game with 9.0 points, 3.7 rebounds, and...
CelticsBlog Feb 24, 2017
Celtics blow 17-point lead and lose to revamped Raptors

Celtics blow 17-point lead and lose to revamped Raptors

New Raptors Serge Ibaka and P.J. Tucker energize a relentless effort by Demar DeRozan that propelled Toronto to 50 points in 11 minutes out of halftime. Toronto erases a massive Celtics lead and brings themselves back into the race for the top of the east. A swarming defensive effort holds Thomas to 20 points. The entire Celtics team took off for Toronto as the trade deadline sun set to calls for and against the team’s stagnancy. The common ground both could agree on, with 23 games remaining, that this one would be massive for Boston with leads of two and four games over Washington and...
Bright Side Of The Sun Feb 24, 2017
Suns turned down blockbuster deal at trade deadline

Suns turned down blockbuster deal at trade deadline

Was it the right move? Is that title too click-baity? It feels like it maybe it’s too click-baity. Does click-baity even have a hyphen? I cannot figure out the answers to these questions, it’s a busy day. You’re going to have to do that for me. Friday morning on the Doug and Wolf Show it was revealed that Pacific Division-renowned general manager, Ryan McDonough of the Phoenix Suns had a blockbuster trade offered to him at Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. Ultimately McDonough passed, electing instead to send P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors for Jared Sullinger and a pair of second...
Bright Side Of The Sun Feb 24, 2017
The trade of P.J. Tucker is another strike against Suns GM Ryan McDonough

The trade of P.J. Tucker is another strike against Suns GM Ryan McDonough

Another fan favorite is sent packing When the dust had settled just past 1 p.m. Phoenix time on Thursday, the Phoenix Suns had used the trade deadline to do the most Phoenix Suns things possible — save money and deal a fan favorite. Phoenix dealt perennial Dan Majerle Hustle Award winner P.J. Tucker to the Toronto Raptors for Jared Sullinger, Toronto’s own 2nd round picks in 2017 and 2018, which figure to fall in the 48-55 range, and cash considerations. Phoenix also dealt its own top-55 protected 2017 2nd round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for Mike Scott, the rights to Turkish guard Cenk...
Rufus on Fire Feb 25, 2017
Hornet’s finally show signs of life; dispatch Kings 99-85

Hornet’s finally show signs of life; dispatch Kings 99-85

Frank Kaminsky’s hot streak continued in a much needed win. The Charlotte Hornets finally — mercifully — returned to the win column on Sunday night with a much needed 99-85 win over the Sacramento Kings. Frank Kaminsky had 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals on the night, continuing the hot streak he’s been on since scoring a career high of 27 points against the Toronto Raptors in the last game before the All-Star break. Marvin Williams added 16 points, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was +17 on the night, putting in a 6 point, 12 rebound game that showcased his trademark...
CelticsBlog 9 hours ago
Boston Celtics rebound against Detroit Pistons, winning 104-98

Boston Celtics rebound against Detroit Pistons, winning 104-98

The Boston Celtics played a good team game against the Detroit Pistons with the Celtics young guns making a big impact. After another trade deadline passed with nothing but tumbleweeds passing through Boston followed by a tough loss against division rivals the Toronto Raptors, the Celtics were eager to prove they are still among the East’s elite. Before the game began the team had already spoken about the need to move the ball more and rebound more aggressively. So when play started it became clear that the Celtics were going to practice what they preached as the team’s bigs,...

NBA Trade Deadline: Grading the Raptors' acquisition of P.J. Tucker from Suns

The Suns will reportedly get Jared Sullinger and two second-round picks in the deal
Rotoworld Feb 24, 2017

Bucks to sign Axel Toupane to 10-day contract - Axel Toupane (F) Milwaukee Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks are planning to sign Axel Toupane of the Raptors 905 to a 10-day contract.

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