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Jul 25, 2017
Raptors sign guard Lorenzo Brown to two-way contract

Raptors sign guard Lorenzo Brown to two-way contract

Toronto’s second two-way spot is now occupied. Toronto has signed journeyman guard Lorenzo Brown to a two-way contract, per Raptors Media Relations. Brown will join the injured Malcolm Miller as the second two-way player signed by the Raptors. Brown, 26, has lingered on the NBA periphery for the last half decade. Drafted 52nd-overall in 2013, his most meaningful stretch of NBA time came on an injury-ravaged Wolves team in 2014-15, during which he made all of his seven career NBA starts. All told, Brown has posted 3.3 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 boards with an ugly shooting slash line of...
Jul 21, 2017
The Kyrie Irving reports are exactly why the Raptors kept the band together

The Kyrie Irving reports are exactly why the Raptors kept the band together

With the three-time reigning Eastern Conference champs in turmoil, the Raptors’ off-season looks better than ever. Change in the NBA seems impossible until it isn’t. Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook were supposed to dominate a decade in Oklahoma City; Derrick Rose’s Bulls and the Miami Big 3 were meant to duke it out for the right to be the Thunder’s annual foil. Fragility — of teams’ ties players, of roster construction in a luxury tax world, and of knee ligaments — brought those burgeoning dynasties to the ground prematurely. From the rubble arose the...
Jul 18, 2017
Raptors officially introduce C.J. Miles

Raptors officially introduce C.J. Miles

Toronto introduced its new 3&D wing at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. C.J. Miles spoke to the media for the first time as a Raptor on Tuesday afternoon, donning a green suit/t-shirt combo that would make Ron Burgundy proud. Miles is now officially signed to a three-year deal using the non-taxpayer mid-level exception. As the Toronto media gathered at the BioSteel Centre, he was asked questions about three point shooting, hunting for shots, and, you guessed it, more shooting, but also seem genuinely excited to be joining Canada’s team. “I’ve never been a part of something...
Jul 17, 2017
HQ Mailbag: Free agency’s over. What now?

HQ Mailbag: Free agency’s over. What now?

The off-season is about to plunge into darkness. Let’s take stock of team in another HQ mailbag. It took me two days, but the latest edition of the Raptors HQ Mailbag is here. We’re entering into the most silent part of the NBA off-season, and the Raptors look to be just about finished with their off-season maneuvering. Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka are returning, C.J. Miles has landed, a benchful of role players are headed to play elsewhere, and all that’s left to do is over-analyze every detail of the upcoming season. It’s going to be a long two-plus months until training camp opens...
Jul 16, 2017
Raptors 905 to host the G League showcase again in 2018

Raptors 905 to host the G League showcase again in 2018

Raptors 905 will host the G-League’s marquee event for the second straight year. Raptors 905 will host the 2018 G League showcase — Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic first reported the news. Murphy also states that the plan is for them to host the 2019 showcase as well — making it three-straight years that the showcase will call Mississauga’s Hershey Centre home. Arguably the most important set of dates on the G-League calendar, the showcase sees each G-League team play two games, both counting towards the regular season. Taking place in January after teams can start to sign...
Jul 16, 2017
The Bruno Caboclo Experiment may be running out of time

The Bruno Caboclo Experiment may be running out of time

After Toronto’s off-season moves, Bruno Caboclo may be heading into the most critical stretch of his fledgling NBA career. Back in the 2014 NBA draft the Raptors were on the clock with the 20th selection, and then came the bombshell: the Raptors selected Bruno Caboclo out of Brazil, and the famous Fran Fraschilla quote on him being “two years away from being two years away” was born. Well, here we are four years later and Caboclo has played a total of 23 NBA games, in which he’s averaged a mere 4.6 minutes per game, while adding 1.2 points and 0.6 rebounds, almost entirely in...
Jul 14, 2017
Sorting through the scraps: Who’s left for the Raptors to potentially pursue this summer?

Sorting through the scraps: Who’s left for the Raptors to potentially pursue this summer?

Yes, we’ve gotten to that point of the off-season. NBA fans talking themselves into replacement-level free agents being the final piece of their team’s puzzle is an integral part of mid-July. Rarely does a bargain bin signing draw immediate scorn or ridicule. Hope lingers around the 2016 Jared Sullingers of the world until it doesn’t. But more often than not, the players signed after the initial flurry of free agency action wind up somewhere between “fine” and “waived by March,” and rarely impact winning in a meaningful way. Fortunately for the Raptors, the roster for next...
Jul 14, 2017
LVSL 2017: Raptors fall 95-90 to Blazers in biggest Summer League upset of all-time.

LVSL 2017: Raptors fall 95-90 to Blazers in biggest Summer League upset of all-time.

The Raps are the first #1 seed to lose to a #16 seed in well....ever Every March, before the start of the NCAA Tournament, you hear the same question posed over and over again, “Is this the year a 16 knocks off a 1?”. Well this year it came true, in the hostile environment that was the quarter full Cox Pavilion on a Thursday night. Despite 31 points, six rebounds and three assists from Fred VanVleet, the Raps were unable to overcome a well balanced showing from the Blazers squad, who shot just under 49% as a team and played sound, composed basketball down the stretch under the lead of...
Jul 13, 2017
Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 69, brought to you by Patrick Patterson

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 69, brought to you by Patrick Patterson

The Raptors have now made their big off-season moves. Let’s discuss. Welcome to The HeadQuarters! This week Sean Woodley and John Gaudes recap all of the Raptors moves of the last two weeks, discuss the pros and cons of Toronto lining up a 3-year window for itself and answer listener questions. This episode is brought to you by Patrick Patterson. Listen at the BlogTalk Radio link tomorrow or at this link right here! And please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Music courtesy The Passion HiFi
Jul 13, 2017
Midseason Crown League Power Rankings

Midseason Crown League Power Rankings

Each team sits at 1-1 after two weeks of play, but who’s truly the best squad running? It’s roasting outside, and summer is in full swing, which also means the action at Nike Crown League is heating up as we near the halfway point of the 2017 season. The league has been as strong as ever in its third season, as each team is stocked with professional players from the G-League, NBL Canada, countless foreign leagues of all levels, as well as some of the best collegiate talent this country has to offer from their top U SPORTS programs. The major addition to Crown’s talent pool this year...
Jul 11, 2017
Raptors go 3-0 in the opening round of the Las Vegas Summer League

Raptors go 3-0 in the opening round of the Las Vegas Summer League

After downing the Timberwolves and the Nuggets, Toronto moves on to the knockout rounds. The Summer League version of the Raptors continue their winning ways in the desert after a couple more wins to move to 3-0 in the tournament’s opening round. This past Saturday, July 8th, the Raptors took down the Timberwolves 97-72, and last night, in a nail-biter, beat the Nuggets 82-81. As you’d probably expect, the stars for the Raptors in Vegas have been their three most seasoned players: Fred VanVleet, Jakob Poeltl, and Pascal Siakam. All have shown what they can bring to the Raptors next...
Jul 10, 2017
Salary Cap Update: Toronto deals for Miles, Hamilton and McKinnie

Salary Cap Update: Toronto deals for Miles, Hamilton and McKinnie

The Raptors are really moving along now, and the team has approached a fork in the road for the season. With the Raptors trading Cory Joseph for C.J. Miles in a sign-and-trade from the Indiana Pacers, another domino fell, and then they kept on falling. Let’s take a look at the trade, where the team is now, and the big decision they need to make now. The Trade The Raptors traded Joseph, who makes $7.63 million this season, to the Indiana Pacers for C.J. Miles, who is being signed to a $25 million, three year deal. That puts his first year salary (assuming full backloading) at $7.94...
Jul 10, 2017
Raptors officially sign Alfonzo McKinnie to multi-year deal

Raptors officially sign Alfonzo McKinnie to multi-year deal

After a stand-out season in the D-League, McKinnie will look to make things happen for the Raptors. From the weekend, a bit of business we missed: the Toronto Raptors have officially signed small forward Alfonzo McKinnie to a multi-year, partially guaranteed contract. As with last season when the Raptors had a bunch of extra players heading into training camp, McKinnie will play for the team in Summer League and hope to make the roster for 2018-19. McKinnie is a true feel good story. He was often overlooked by scouts and had to pay 150 dollars to try out for the Windy City Bulls of the...
Jul 9, 2017
Report: Raptors plan to waive Justin Hamilton

Report: Raptors plan to waive Justin Hamilton

Toronto will use the stretch provision on the recently acquired big man. Justin Hamilton was officially a Raptor for less than 24 hours, as ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported on Sunday evening that Toronto plans to waive the 27 year old big man, and use the stretch provision on his contract. The Raptors plan to waive and stretch C Justin Hamilton after acquiring him from Nets, league sources say.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 9, 2017 By using the stretch provision, the team frees up a little bit more room for the rest of their salary cap gymnastics, as Hamilton’s 3...
Jul 9, 2017
Canada defeats Italy 79-60 to Win Gold at FIBA U-19 World Cup

Canada defeats Italy 79-60 to Win Gold at FIBA U-19 World Cup

This historic group sealed the deal in dominant fashion, and announced their presence as a power on the world stage. After yesterday’s historic win in the semi-finals against the USA, Canada’s U19 National Team sealed the deal today, winning gold in a 19 point romp over Italy in Cairo. July 9, 2017. Remember the date. Canada is #FIBU19 World Cup Champions for the first time ever. #WeAreTeamCanada pic.twitter.com/Oee1FFmXgL— Canada Basketball (@CanBball) July 9, 2017 It’s the first gold medal for any Canadian national team in an international competition since 1983, when...