TAG: Toronto Raptors

Playground, We Reminisce / Jul 24, 2014 / 12:00 pm

We Reminisce: “Skip 2 My Lou” Turns 38 Today

Rafer Alston, Dime #34

Rafer Alston turns 38 today. While he never reached superstar status in the NBA, the streetball legend went from the playground to a starting point guard playing in the NBA Finals. Today, we remember the man they call Skip 2 My Lou. Read More »

instagram / Jul 10, 2014 / 12:00 pm

DeMar DeRozan Hones His Handle At Wal-Mart

DeMar DeRozan

Basketball never stops in the NBA. The draft and free agency combine to make the scheduled offseason seem like anything but, and players have summer commitments to national teams, pro-ams, camps, endorsers, and more in addition to needing rest before the grind begins again in the fall. That can leave little time for individual training, and DeMar DeRozan is making sure he gets his work in whenever he can. Read More »

2014 Free Agency / Jul 10, 2014 / 10:30 am

Raptors Re-Sign Vasquez, Bring Back James Johnson

Greivis Vasquez

The Toronto Raptors have quietly been one of the most active teams this off-season, as general manager Masai Ujiri has worked to both retain core players on the team and get some upgrades for the bench. Read More »

instagram / Jul 8, 2014 / 9:30 am

Video: Jonas Valanciunas Tries Teaching Raptors Dancers Lithuanian Moves

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

Raptors 6-11 big man Jonas Valanciunas finished his second year in the NBA when Toronto was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs after a brutal Game 7 home loss to the Nets. During the offseason, the 22-year-old center decided it was time to show the Raptors dance team his native Lithuanian moves and wardrobe. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 3, 2014 / 1:09 am

Report: Kyle Lowry Agrees To 4-Year, $48 Million Deal To Stay With Raptors

Dwane Casey, Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry was Toronto’s driving force towards their first playoff berth in five years, and GM Masai Ujiri has made his signing this summer his No. 1 priority. He can check that off the list. League sources informed Yahoo! Sports Lowry is expected to sign a four-year, $48-million contract once the July moratorium ends on the tenth. Read More »

NBA Draft / Jul 1, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The 5 Biggest Losers Of The 2014 NBA Draft

Nik Stauskas

There was plenty of buzz on the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn last night as the Barclays Center was home to the NBA Draft for the second consecutive year. From Isaiah Austin hearing his name called despite recently finding out that he’ll never play competitive basketball again to Jabari Parker saying that he never wants to leave Milwaukee, there were many fans, players, coaches and front offices that walked away as winners on this memorable June night. While most organizations had reason in their respective war rooms, there were a select few that missed a golden opportunity to improve their ball-club. We take a look at the 5 Biggest Losers Of the 2014 NBA Draft. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 1, 2014 / 3:23 am

Report: With Contenders Looming, Raptors Might Offer Lowry Five-Year Deal

Kyle Lowry

It seems that Masai Ujiri’s pitch to Kyle Lowry won’t be enough to get the point guard to immediately re-sign with the Toronto Raptors. It’s hardly Ujiri’s fault, though; the market for Lowry is just that fierce. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Raptors are considering offering Lowry a five-year contract to persuade him to re-up with Toronto. Read More »

2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 1, 2014 / 1:24 am

Report: Houston’s Morey & McHale Rush To Philly To Pitch Kyle Lowry

Daryl Morey, Kevin McHale

Free agent Kyle Lowry is in Philadelphia for the start of the free agency, and the two head honchos for the Houston Rockets, coach Kevin McHale and general manager Daryl Morey, have flown to Philly to make their pitch to him first thing. Toronto’s formal pitch comes tomorrow. Read More »

2014 Free Agency / Jun 30, 2014 / 7:00 pm

Report: Ujiri Will Pitch Lowry At Midnight

Kyle Lowry

The viability of Kyle Lowry’s future with the Toronto Raptors has been a question for months, ever since GM Masai Ujiri supposedly initiated a fire sale of his team’s veteran stalwarts by trading Rudy Gay. But it didn’t turn out that way, obviously, and Lowry’s resurgence as one of the league’s best two-way players was a major reason behind the Raptors’ second-half rise. With free agency set to begin in a matter of hours, Ujiri will reportedly waste no time in trying to secure Lowry for the long-haul. Read More »

Latest News / Jun 30, 2014 / 10:15 am

Report: Raptors Trade Salmons For Hawks’ Lou Williams & Lucas Nogueira

Kyle Lowry, Lou Williams

The Toronto Raptors have traded reserve guard, and Allen Iverson favorite, John Salmons to the Hawks in exchange for guard Louis Williams and Brazilian big man Lucas Nogueira, sources tell Yahoo Sports. Read More »