The Raptors Should Go All In This Season by Trading for Jimmy Butler - The Ringer
With discord brewing in Minnesota, it could be the perfect time for Ujiri to step in. An offer that includes another All-Star player (ahem, Lowry), and a young guy who isn’t OG Anunoby, plus picks if needed, could do the trick. Which team could top a package headlined by one of the league’s best point guards—who just so happens to be the sort of salty, pitbull defender that Thibs loves—especially with Butler able to walk at the end of the season? Butler and Kawhi on the court together would be explosive. On defense, they would turn the perimeter into a hunting ground. They can both be primary ball handlers if need be and play off the ball, too; both shot at least 35 percent from 3 in their last full seasons.

For the Raptors, going all in isn’t shortsighted, it’s opportunistic. They probably won’t go to the Finals with Kawhi and Lowry as their top two, but they just might with Kawhi and Butler. (As an added bonus, Butler is set to make $12 million less than Lowry this season.) LeBron’s gone, but the East will only get better with Giannis Antetokounmpo improving and the Sixers and Celtics rising. Windows in the NBA open and close in the blink of an eye, and this could be the Raptors. If Leonard walks this summer, the Toronto may wind up trading Lowry and starting over anyway.
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The Raptors are eager to find safe harbour from controversy on court – The Athletic [subscription]
“Of all the jobs I’ve ever had, there’s always things around the team, this and that. Let the team get on the practice floor and practice. Get the team to the arena floor for games,” Nurse said at media day on Monday. “I kind of think that’s the approach. I think Kawhi’s been around enough to handle anything, any positives or negatives that surround other than basketball. The important thing is we’re all going to show up and go out and do our work. That’s really our focal point.”

Just get to the court, and Nurse and his players can figure everything else out from there. It sounds exceedingly simple. It is not. At least not always.

Now that Kawhi Leonard is in Toronto, there will be no helping the chorus of signal-seekers who will sift through every pulse of noise between now and his unrestricted free agency on July 1. It began in earnest Monday, with Leonard appearing for the first time as a member of the Raptors and offering up a number of tea leaves that can be interpreted in any number of ways. As it pertains to Leonard’s future, the answers are unknown, although his introductory presser went about as well as the Raptors could have hoped in terms of affability and messaging. Leonard is here, which clears the biggest hurdle; there will remain uncertainty.

The upside: The basketball starts now.

“It’s about these guys, it’s about basketball, and basketball is going to begin soon,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said to conclude his portion of the press conference. “We all feel good when basketball starts. I’ll really appreciate what these guys have said and getting the games started is the exciting part. The summer was crazy but you know it’s basketball and we’re excited.”
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Once again, Kawhi Leonard is a professional basketball player – The Athletic [subscription]
Seriously, Leonard mentioned the rust and lack of rhythm you would expect from a player who went eight months without playing in a 5-on-5 game, and that will take a while to discard. Aside from Green, Leonard has never played a competitive game with any of these players. Leonard posited that finding the correct spacing and positioning on both ends of the floor will be the toughest thing about returning to game readiness.

Tuesday was the first real step in that regard. It was enough to start daydreaming about what Leonard’s role could be. In his last full season, Leonard used 31.6 per cent of possessions while he was on the floor, eschewing the notion that he was a mere product of the Spurs system. DeRozan’s usage percentage with the Raptors during last season’s offensive shift was a tad lower than that, so it is safe to assume Leonard’s ball dominance will sink a bit, too.

“Well, our offence is kind of equal opportunity, right, but it always tends to gravitate towards the guys who can score,” Nurse said regarding Leonard’s usage. “That’s the really neat thing about it. You guys have seen the way it’s rolled out. The balls gonna find him. He’s gonna have a lot of chances.”

Now, philosophy and thought experiments are turning into practical concerns for the Raptors. Kawhi Leonard is a basketball player again.
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Raptors Media Day 2018: Five thoughts on Masai Ujiri, Kyle Lowry, and Kawhi Leonard - Raptors HQ
Masai’s “believe in your city” rant is an all-timer
So let’s just get this out of the way, because it was my favourite moment of the day, and if this man’s passion for the city of Toronto doesn’t get you fired up, then it’s probably time to move to Calgary or something. Says Masai Ujiri, when asked about the history of players not wanting to come or stay in Toronto:

“The narrative of not wanting to come to this city is gone. That’s old, and we should move past that. Believe in your city, believe in yourselves.”

I got goosebumps watching it, and I’m fired up again writing about it! I already have the Toronto skyline tattooed on my left forearm, and I’m so fired up I’m thinking about getting “believe in your city, believe in yourselves” tattooed right beneath it!

When Ujiri retires, one day in the far distant future, there’s not gonna be a number to hang in the rafters, but how about a “Fuck Brooklyn” banner, a “We don’t give a shit about ‘it’” banner and a “Believe in your city” banner?

Ujiri says he’s not making any hard sell to Kawhi Leonard to stay here; when he comes out and shows his emotions like that, I don’t think he has to.
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NBA 2018-19 Player Preview: Welcome Danny Green - Raptors HQ
The three-point shooting is another story. Yes, the Raptors improved markedly from beyond the arc (and in virtually every other way) by shipping out DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard, but fans may need to temper their expectations around Green’s stroke. After four straight seasons of shooting the ball at an elite 41-43% mark, Green has seen his average dip down to 33%, 37% and 36% respectively in his last three seasons. Unfortunately, the dip isn’t due to an increase in volume, as Green shot the ball more during his high water-mark seasons than his low. Could this be a sign that Green needs to be shooting the ball more often for greater success, or are the Raptors looking at a downward trend?

Expected to slot into the starting shooting guard position on this year’s Raptors’ squad, Green finds himself in a couple of very interesting situations that will be predicated on both his performance and the sets that newly minted coach Nick Nurse will install on offense. A traditional two-guard now in a “younger veteran” role, will Green find himself playing more of a mentor from the bench in crunch time, or will he be leaned on for heavy minutes that belonged to Fred VanVleet last season? Will Nurse build in the same sort of motion sets for the starting unit that the Bench Mob found success with and that San Antonio has been reaping the benefits from for time immemorial, or will Green be expected to pop out for catch-and-shoot threes?

Green presents enough veteran guile, Gregg Popovich pedigree and intangibles that he’s more than capable of succeeding on this roster, but keep a keen eye on how long Nurse gives the new acquisitions to gel. Kawhi will get every possible inch of leash that can be afforded, but Green has some competition on his heels for his minutes. C.J. Miles is still a very competent player (though much worse defender) and Norman Powell still has some big-time dollars to earn out of his contract.
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Valanciunas sad to see Casey and DeRozan go, happy to turn the page with Raptors | Toronto Sun
“I’m excited, healthy, it’s going to be different. Nick Nurse taking over, so it’s going to be fun to see how we play offence. Actually we’re going to keep the same strategy, probably, but it’s going to be more fun. More freedom,” he said, revealing a lot in only a few words.

Nurse is a huge fan of Valanciunas, the two usually worked closely together post-practices, developing the big man’s game. Valanciunas took major steps forward last season under Casey and his staff. Nurse believes there is more there to still be unlocked.

Valanciunas agrees, particularly pointing out how he wants to improve his passing.

He’s also excited to have Greg Monroe as a practice foil, instead of an opponent.

“Yeah, we had some battles, playoffs were good,” Valanciunas said in his scrum.

“He’s a tough guy. He never backs down, and I never back down and now we have a chance to play together on the same team. So it’s fun. We can beat somebody’s ass.”
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Raptors’ season of change is officially underway | Toronto Sun
“Yeah, it was different,” third-year Raptor Pascal Siakam said. “(Head coach Nick Nurse) has his own things, the way he does them. Just little things he does that are different from the past. We all have to circle in the middle. We have to have a perfect circle, different things that he just adds with his own little touch. It feels different.”

Nurse was a member of Dwane Casey’s staff but he has his own ideas about how to do things.

The circle thing, at least according to Siakam, is to have teammates looking each other in the eye. Again, it’s a small thing but one of many small differences the players noticed.

The big difference, obviously, was the presence of Kawhi Leonard and the absence of DeMar DeRozan.

In Leonard the Raptors boast a top-five talent, the magnitude of which the franchise has never had before and that includes the good Vince Carter years.

And training camp – and the pre-season for that matter – are going to be big for Leonard.

Consider that Tuesday was the first 5-on-5 basketball Leonard has played since January. That’s eight months, give or take.
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Powell back on the right path … JV’s role only getting bigger … Leonard says don’t expect his role to change | Toronto Sun
“I just really tried to incorporate myself offensively and with the guys. I don’t think it was a skill thing, I think it was a fit thing,” Powell said of off-season workouts with the likes of OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet, Delon Wright and the other young guys. “It was just after I got hurt (Powell injured his right hip vs. Boston last Nov.) I didn’t really fit in with any group, trying to find a rhythm with them, the second unit already got going and had a good rhythm early on, and when I got hurt OG was playing well with the first unit, so coming back from injury those first four or five games that I missed, coming back it was just hard to get a flow, fighting for minutes, guys were getting hurt, guys were out for personal reasons, and just couldn’t stick. So (this summer) I was just really trying to learn the offence, incorporate myself with the guys, and skill-wise I’m up there with the best of them, so it’s just trying to find opportunities and being ready to go out there and play and make plays and be impactful.”

Powell was averaging over 22 minutes a night until he injured hip hip in Boston, but from that point on even after he got healthy again, Powell averaged just under 14 minutes a night.


The biggest off-season change was playing with Toronto’s bench mob as they once again put in the work together in Los Angeles.

“Yeah, building chemistry with the guys, getting a good rhythm, good flow, playing off each other, being more five-on-five, not worrying too much about individual stuff, but just finding a fit,” Powell said of the change. “I thought this summer was really good for me with that, especially with the things we had at the mini camp.”
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Kawhi Leonard shakes off rust in first practice with Raptors | The Star
Leonard isn’t the kind of player who needs the ball in his hands constantly to make a contribution offensively, but things tend to work out that way. That’s what Nurse’s camp of discovery is about.

“Well our offence is kind of equal opportunity … but it always kind of tends to gravitate towards the guys who can score,” the coach said. “That’s the really neat thing about it. You guys have seen the way it’s rolled out.

“The ball’s going to find him. He’s going to have a lot of chances. Now, usage, percentages, minutes played and all that kind of stuff, (will have to be learned).”

The minutia and the Xs and Os are for the days ahead and the five exhibition games that start with one here Saturday against Portland.

Watching Leonard get up and down with his new teammates, each figuring the other out, was good enough for all concerned on Tuesday.

“He looks in shape, he’s locked in, made some big plays, still trying to find his rhythm and everything like that, but he looks good, first five on five being back, he looked good, good chemistry, so I’m excited,” said Norm Powell, who’s been watching Leonard since high school days back in San Diego.
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How Raptors will look opening day is a work in progress | The Star
“I think I kind of look at this whole preseason and training camp as us trying to search for some different combinations just for the sake of it,” Nurse said after the team’s first full, official workout Tuesday morning. “We’ve got to get to know them. They’ve got to get to know me a little bit, and we’ll see a lot of learning and a lot of growth going on here that I’m looking forward to it.”

There’s no question team president Masai Ujiri and general manager Bobby Webster have given Nurse a versatile roster that could create any number of possibilities.

That’s particularly true for the defence, which has more athleticism and length than a year ago, more experience for the younger players and more players capable of guarding different positions. In today’s NBA, switching on defence is the in-vogue style and Toronto should be able to do that.

“We have a lot of length,” said big man Pascal Siakam. “We’re just excited about just getting stops and running and that’s better, especially for me, because I am going to be the first down the floor. But the more stops we can get the more we can score and the better we will look. So yeah it’s exciting.”
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Early returns promising as Raptors begin unique training camp - Sportsnet.ca
Now it’s Nurse’s job to figure out how to best implement his philosophies while also finding the right way to use Leonard, not to mention newcomers Danny Green and Greg Monroe, while also finding proper roles for the likes of third-year forward Siakam and second-year wing OG Anunoby, who each seem to have picked up their games from a year ago.

In recent years the Raptors could rely on training camp and pre-season to get comfortable; continuity was a big part of their success. But this September things are different and making sure it doesn’t take too long to find the proper fit for everyone on a deep and talented roster will occupy a significant part of the rookie coach’s thoughts in the coming days and weeks.

“I think I kinda look at this whole pre-season and training camp as us trying to search for some different combinations just for the sake of it,” he said. “We gotta get to know them. They gotta get to know me a little bit and we’ll see a lot of learning and a lot of growth going on here that I’m looking forward to it.”
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Thoughts on Kawhi, Masai and the start of Raptors training camp - TSN.ca
4. Masai Ujiri: I absolutely loved his comments Monday about the silly questions folks ask about Toronto’s viability as a big-time NBA market with regard to recruitment and retention of elite players. Top to bottom, this is one of the elite franchises in the NBA. In my time here, this is the best shape I’ve seen the organization in. There’s committed ownership, outstanding leadership, sound coaching and a top-notch support staff. The team plays in front of incredibly loyal and passionate fans in a sold-out downtown arena in the heart of a world-class city. Every game is televised on national TV and the team has a rabid following from coast to coast. Toronto is the third largest market in North American sports. This place has always been a sleeping giant and now it has come into its own. I have absolutely no doubt that if a Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter, Antonio Davis or Chris Bosh were still here and in their prime years they’d have an incredibly difficult time finding a much better place to play. I’ve been around this league a good while now. Bottom line: This is an elite situation, so enough with the small-minded, silly inferior market complex. That’s utter nonsense. Stick your chest out and be proud. We The North is not only a statement, it’s a mindset. Kudos to Ujiri for taking the fight to the other 29 teams.
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Leonard makes strong impression in first practice with Raptors - TSN.ca
Unlike past seasons, when the Raptors went into camp with continuity atop their roster, this group doesn’t have the benefit of familiarity out of the gate. Not only are they bringing a new superstar into the fold, but they’ve also got a first-year head coach to get accustomed to – albeit one that’s been in the Toronto system for the last five years – and several other new faces to work in.

“We’re building a new team this year,” Leonard said. “It always takes time to create that chemistry. Knowing where guys are going to be, me knowing where their spots are, them knowing where my spots are, that stuff takes time, it takes practice and game playing.”

“I think I kind of look at this whole preseason and training camp as us trying to search for some different combinations just for the sake of it,” Nurse echoed. “We gotta get to know them. They gotta get to know me a little bit, and we’ll see a lot of learning and a lot of growth going on here. I'm looking forward to it.”

This was also Nurse’s first opportunity to do some hands-on coaching with the team and its new best player. Granted, it’s still early, but Leonard is already impressed with the head coach’s approach.

“[Nurse is] open-minded, ready to adjust on the fly,” said Leonard – a ringing endorsement from someone that has only played for one head coach during his seven-year NBA career: the legendary Gregg Popovich. “[He’s] just a brilliant mind, loves the game of basketball. I’ve got to talk to him more, this was just my first practice, but we’re going to develop a good relationship.”
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Koreen: Kawhi Leonard is here, and tea leaves are suddenly everywhere – The Athletic
Welcome to the 2018-19 Raptors season, in which we will spend an inordinate amount of time trying to decipher the words of a guy who would prefer never to speak into a
microphone. This is what the Raptors signed up for when they traded DeMar DeRozan, the ever-willing face of the franchise, for Leonard, a mystery shrouded in secrecy shrouded in fog heading toward free agency next July. Tea leaves are wherever you want them to be.

Leonard on his thoughts about being a Raptor: “I’m coming to a great city that loves basketball. It’s a great organization and I’m happy Danny (Green) was able to come with me.”

He’s excited. That’s good!

On his career goals: “Just being able to be healthy, that’s my No. 1 goal. Have a long-term career. To be able to be dominant wherever I land, and that’s about it. I want to win championships and get in those record books.”

Wait, what is “wherever I land?” supposed to mean?

On playing in Toronto: “I’m excited knowing I’m coming to a great city that loves basketball. Their fans come and show a lot of energy.”

He’s heard about the fans. That’s a nice thing.

On Toronto having been jilted by star players before: “Uh, I want to play here. You know, as long as I have on a jersey I want to play basketball. I came here with an open mind.”

Hang on, that kind of sounds like he’s counting the days he has to stay here.

“We make it out to be a little bit more than it is,” president Masai Ujiri said of Leonard’s introduction. “I understand the magnitude. It’s a superstar player. He hadn’t said anything (negative). The one thing we can say is he’s been great in one-on-one communications. You see it. That’s a silent killer right there. Silence does it. I thought he was very good and expressed himself very well.”

If you were viewing it through the lens of “he loves us, he loves us not,” it was enough to give you whiplash. And that is certainly how the rest of the league is going to view the Leonard-Raptors relationship, a marriage that seemed impossible until the moment it happened.
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The lighter side of Raptors media day: Kawhi’s laugh, terrible trade ideas and Ibaka’s cooking – The Athletic [subscription]
Delon Wright does not like your trade ideas

With Jimmy Butler rumours swirling left and right – Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania have been all over this story – it’s understandable that fan bases have been working overtime trying to find potential trades for their team to land a sure-fire All-Star. Raptors fans have been no different, and a number of Instagram accounts have asked fans what their best Butler offer would be.

Delon Wright has been a frequent outbound piece in those fan-based scenarios, apparently, and he’s taken notice. On Sunday, a post from theScore asked such a question and included a photo of Butler and Norman Powell, which a friend of Powell responded to. Seeing an opportunity, Wright offered “the fans ready to ship me away too… cold world.” I asked Wright about being thrown around in hypotheticals, and he had a good laugh.

“I’m trolling, really. I’m just trolling,” Wright said. “I had saw a post, and I always look at the comments, of any post, I look at the comments and they’re always the funniest. I was responding to Norm’s best friend, I was responding to him but they blew it up. It was funny.”

More offensive than fans trying to trade Wright? The actual calibre of some of the offers he sees his name attached to.

“They’re terrible,” he said, laughing. (We specifically discussed one iteration that had Wright and four other Raptors, plus picks, outbound for Butler.)

Wright, by the way, is eligible to sign a rookie-scale extension between now and Oct. 15, lest he become a restricted free agent in July. He’s letting his agent worry about that so as to not put any extra pressure on himself in camp.
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Ticket prices skyrocket for Raptors game in Vancouver this weekend | Daily Hive Vancouver
Vancouver sold out Rogers Arena in three consecutive years to see the Raptors play the Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, and Golden State Warriors between 2014 and 2016. Tickets for the last Vancouver game between the Raptors and Warriors in 2016 sold out one minute after they went on sale to the general public.

It’s almost like Vancouver’s a good basketball market or something.

Even still, the resale market this time around is getting a little out of hand.

Likely helped by Kawhi Leonard making his Raptors debut, the cheapest per-ticket resale price for a pair of seats on StubHub is currently $80.60 USD, which translates to about $104 in Canadian funds. That’ll get you a seat in the fifth-last row of the 18,630-seat building.

Ticket prices go up from there, with some resellers looking for upwards of $800 CAD per ticket for seats close to the court, though there’s certainly no guarantee that anyone will pay that amount.

These numbers are particularly impressive when you compare it to the Raptors’ preseason game scheduled for Montreal on October 10, which isn’t yet sold out. Tickets for that game are still available for as low as $36.50 CAD, including fees, and just $78.25 CAD for lower-bowl seats.
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Locked on Raptors - 09/24/2018 - Live at Media Day! w/ Daniel Reynolds & Vivek Jacob - Locked on Raptors
In Episode #384 of Locked on Raptors, Sean Woodley is joined by Dan Reynolds and Vivek Jacob live from Scotiabank Arena, site of Raptors Media Day. They dissect Kawhi Leonard’s first appearance in Raps colours as well as Masai Ujiri’s impassioned plea for fans and media to quit it with the damn inferiority complex. They also touch on Kyle Lowry being, well, Kyle Lowry, and ponder Serge Ibaka’s role in the coming season.
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Five questions as training camp/The Kawhi Era begins for the Raptors | Toronto Sun
1. What’s Kyle Lowry’s state of mind?

Nearly every advance stat indicates Lowry has been Toronto’s best performer for years now, but he hasn’t said a word since his best friend, DeMar DeRozan, was shipped to San Antonio. Lowry can be cantankerous and some league insiders believe Lowry’s attitude could have a huge impact on whether or not these Raptors meet sky-high expectations.

Lowry now has more help than ever before with Kawhi Leonard, the top overall player in franchise history on board. DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl might have left, but in gaining Leonard, strong defender and shooter Danny Green and offensive-minded big man Greg Monroe, the team is on paper quite a bit better than the previous editions.


The betting here is Lowry will keep his focus on winning (a lot of) basketball games, though we predict, based on past precedent, he will decline to discuss the big trade at all on Monday.
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SIMMONS: Is it one-and-done for Kawhi Leonard in Toronto? He’s not saying | Toronto Sun
At Leonard’s introductory media availability he scored as the third-least interesting person at a desk of three people. Not authoritative and confident the way Ujiri was authoritative and confident. Not fill-in-the-blanks-funny the way Green was — and he will be seen regularly on sports networks across this land this season. Leonard was available because he had to be there and with no real hint of what next season will bring.

In a variety of ways, Leonard was asked about the future in Toronto and, in most ways, he left the most pertinent of all long-term Raptors questions unanswered. He hemmed a little, he hawed a little, he mentioned a few times what a great city Toronto is and what an excited basketball populace we have, all of which bought predictable applause and enthusiasm.

He did say this: “If you look towards the future, you’re going to trip over the present.”

That was as good as it got, maybe as good as it will ever get from Leonard. I’m not certain what it means entirely, but the turn of phrase was nice.

The good news, if there is any, is that he didn’t outright dismiss any future in Toronto. He didn’t say this would be a one-and-done situation. He didn’t come out and declare that he lives in California and wants to play in California and will be a California dreaming all season long.

He did say the trade to the Raptors “excited” him. His time in San Antonio had run its course. The relationship at the end — in one of the great organizations of the NBA — was toxic. And he was happy that “Danny (Green) was coming with me as well.”
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New Raptor Green far more than just the buffer for Leonard | Toronto Sun
The question was about changing the landscape by coming to Toronto. As far as Masai Ujiri was concerned, it’s one that has been asked and answered — and it’s time we found a new topic.

“The narrative of not wanting to come to this city is gone,” the Raptors president said with as much force as he mustered on any topic all Media Day. “I think that’s old and we should move past that. Believe in this city, believe in yourself.

“We can stop talking about coming to the city or wanting to come to the city, but that’s old talk. We want to win. We have a privilege and an opportunity to be one of the top NBA teams here. That’s a huge privilege for us and it’s our jobs here to try and get these players (to come).

“It’s our jobs to try and sell it to these players here, but we’re proud of who we are, we’re proud to have these guys. We’re proud to have the young guys we have. We’re proud of what Kyle and everybody has done here. So let’s move past that narrative of (not) wanting to stay here or (not) wanting to come here.”

Ujiri does not anger easily in a public forum, but he has heard this too often. He knows there is little truth to it based on his own history and wants this kind of talk to end.

“It’s frustrating because I can’t believe a beautiful city like this would not believe in itself. We have to move on from that,” he said.
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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry says it’s business as usual despite off-season upheaval | The Star
The Lowry-Leonard dynamic will be much different than the Lowry-DeRozan one was, simply because the personalities involved are so diametrically different. But it will be perhaps more important, as the Raptors and Lowry try to integrate a player generally considered among the top half dozen in the entire league. Lowry and Leonard haven’t spent any time on the court together nor have they chatted very much but given their collective experiences, they’ll find a way to work it out.

“We’ve just got to keep asking each other questions, and once we play together, that’s when you learn the most from each other,” Leonard said.

As for the deep, probing interest that exists about deciphering the relationship between Lowry and his employers? It’s professional and what else does it need to be?

“I know how he is,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said. “I completely understand with us with the trade with DeMar and that effect. That’s his best friend here for five years and it was legit with both of them. There was nothing fake about it, so you understand that.”

And Lowry understood. And understands.

“My relationship with the organization is the same,” he said.

“I come into camp and come in to work, it’s been the same since Day One. I come to work. I’m really happy to be back on this floor and back in Toronto, I’m ready to play. He made a decision, he’s the president, at the end of the day he’s the president of our organization and he makes decisions to help us win a championship, right? That’s a decision he made. For me, my job is to be ready to go, and I’m ready to go.”
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Raptors unveil a smiling, happy Kawhi Leonard | The Star
The real question is what Leonard really wants, and whether it can be found in Toronto. According to sources familiar with Leonard and his closest representatives, the 27-year-old believes — correctly — that he is a generational basketball talent, a Hall of Famer in progress. And after being made to wear Tim Duncan’s aw-shucks superstar clothes in little San Antonio, he wants to be celebrated in a bigger way.

So according to those same sources, when he was on the market, the teams Leonard was theoretically willing to consider an extension with weren’t just the Lakers or the Clippers: they were also the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets. Not just warm-weather markets: big markets with big platforms, and a chance to be a titan.

Can Toronto give him that? It’s a huge market, but can it truly compare to U.S. cities for hype and glory? Can Toronto give him a better chance at titles than the Clippers or Knicks or Nets? If you really listened to Kawhi Leonard on Monday, you heard what he wants. He wants to do great things. Winning is how you get all-star calibre players to come here and play. He wants to win championships, and get in those record books.

The Raptors have kids with potential, and a rookie coach who talks about giving players freedom in the same way his favourite musicians had freedom between the notes. They have Kyle Lowry as the team’s second-best player, raring to go but still angry with the front office for trading his best friend. And they have a 59-win team and franchise that will try to convince one of the five best players in the world that this is a big enough market, a wide enough platform, and most of all, a team that can truly contend for a championship, now and in the future.
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Missing DeRozan, Raptors' Kyle Lowry is all business now - Sportsnet.ca
Lowry’s raw feelings are understandable, but part of his job as the point guard of the Raptors is to get to know his new teammates, and by the sounds of things he hasn’t done too well in that regard thus far.

“Honestly, I haven’t had a chance to talk to him,” Lowry said of his new star teammate Kawhi Leonard. “I saw him this morning, we spoke, but we’ll have a full season, we have a full week of training camp to get to know each other.”

And though the situation is different since the two have known each other from his time as an assistant, Lowry says he also hasn’t been in much contact with his new head coach Nick Nurse.

“I haven’t talked to coach since he got the job,” said Lowry. “The first night he got the job, we had a conversation. That’s what training camp is for, to get everybody back on the same page, get guys familiarized with each other, the offence, and what he wants to put in.”

This would all be par for the course if the Raptors had a normal off-season, but they didn’t. These were sweeping changes to a team that will likely be looking to Lowry for some leadership, and he not only never spoke to anyone in the media about the trade over the summer, it looks like he never got in contact with any of his teammates.
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Leonard strikes exactly the right tone in Raptors introduction - Sportsnet.ca
And on a day when there was a lot of talking and a lot speculating and a lot of the kind of weightless conversation where interest is high but substance is minimal, Leonard’s words struck exactly the right tone.

Not surprisingly there were multiple attempts to get some feel from Leonard about his true feelings about being traded to Toronto and his thoughts about playing here after his contract is up next summer. It’s the elephant in the room given that in DeRozan the Raptors gave up a two-time all-NBA player; their franchise-leading scorer and an athlete more committed to spending his entire career in the city than most people who are born here.

But perhaps a little surprisingly the topic didn’t seem to bother Leonard and push him back into his preferred shell. He didn’t deflect, nor did he pretend, he stated the facts plainly and clearly.

“I want to play here,” he said, unblinkingly. “You know, as long as I have on a jersey I want to play basketball. I came here with an open mind. I want to do great things, so I’m going to make sure that I put my all effort on the court, each and every night, and by winning games this is how you get star-calibre players to want to come here and play.”
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yesterday
Lowry: My relationship with DeMar is bigger than basketball - Video - TSN
Kyle Lowry joins Kate Beirness to talk about how this season will be different without DeMar DeRozan in Toronto, his expectations for the season and why he's looking forward to hitting the court with new acquisitions Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
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yesterday
Armstrong: Kawhi's a low-key guy, but he speaks with his game - Video - TSN
Jack Armstrong joins Kara Wagland to weigh in on Kawhi Leonard's first appearance as a member of the Raptors and explains that he's a low-key guy but will do the real talking with his performance on the court. He also agrees with Masai Ujiri's comments about the narrative of players not wanting to come to Toronto is done with.
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yesterday
Leonard eases nerves on Raptors media day - TSN.ca
Kyle Lowry, the team’s incumbent star, had declined to comment on the trade of his close friend and long-time teammate DeMar DeRozan at a USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas over the summer. That was overblown and not a direct concern to the team – as Lowry correctly pointed out on Monday, he’s never made a habit of speaking to the media during the off-season.

Of greater concern, per league sources, Lowry had also been dodging calls and texts from team officials, including president Masai Ujiri and new head coach Nick Nurse, who Lowry said he only spoke with briefly right after Nurse was promoted in June.

Meanwhile, Lowry and Leonard didn’t speak until Monday morning. But here they were – in the same building, seemingly on the same page, preaching the same things, and sharing the same level of excitement for this upcoming season.

They said the right things. Leonard insisted he was pleased to be coming to a great organization and a city that’s passionate about basketball. Lowry said he’s happy to be part of a team that has a real chance at doing something special. Leonard even broke a smile or two.

The most encouraging thing for the team and its fans was how sincere it all came off. That may have come as a relief but, for the Raptors, it wasn’t exactly a surprise.
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yesterday
What you can expect from Raptors 2018 media day - Sportsnet.ca
There were several rumblings of a Kawhi Leonard introductory press conference to be held earlier this week, although no official word ever came from the team itself to that effect. Instead, Leonard will now face the media for the first time as a Raptor on Monday where he’s scheduled to share the podium with fellow former Spur Danny Green and Raptors president Masai Ujiri.

You know what questions he’ll be asked: Are you 100% healthy? Are you going to re-sign with Toronto? What exactly went down in San Antonio that led to the trade? How do you feel replacing a fan favourite like DeRozan?

Don’t expect any satisfactory answers to any of them, which is no fault of Leonard’s, who has no obligation to share his inner monologue and long-term desires with a gaggle of media folks he’s never met before.
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3 days ago
Much ado about nothing with the Raptors/Leonard today | The Star
We’re not even at Media Day yet and already too many people are trying to read too much into nothing that it’s driving me crazy.

Case in point: There was some suggestion somewhere that there was going to be some big deal “news conference” today with Kawhi Leonard and maybe Danny Green and perhaps Masai Ujiri (whose actually in New York at a NBA governors meeting), which would have been nice but the only people whose lives would have been made remotely easier for it was us, the folks who chronicle the team.

It was never “officially” scheduled, it was a bit of a pipedream and, really, this is the only accurate headline about it:
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3 days ago
DeMar DeRozan is the latest Toronto Raptor to seek revenge against the club: A history of Toronto Raptors revenge games - Raptors HQ
Here’s a fun one: Alvin Williams was traded for Danny Fortson on February 9, 2000; he failed his physical, and the trade was waived. How would the non-trade affect Williams’ play? Butch Carter wasn’t about to let anyone find out! Before the non-trade, Willams started 28 of the team’s 39 games, and averaged 17.4 minutes a night; after, Butch only played him 4.3 minutes per game! Was Butch getting revenge on Alvin, for Alvin failing his physical? He only cracked double digits once: in the final game of the season, Williams logged a season-high 33. And he played all of one minute in the playoffs. Thankfully, he’d go on to much greater heights under Lenny Wilkens the following season!
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4 days ago
Kawhi Leonard’s continued silence speaks volumes about his approach to Raptors – and to Toronto - The Globe and Mail
A lot of people – Ujiri prime among them – have staked their reputations on this trade. Leonard was flipped for a player, DeMar DeRozan, who was loved by the city, and loved it back. That adds a family element absent from most roster swaps. Nobody likes to see a favourite son get the bum’s rush, even if it had to be done.

But if this move blows up on Raptors management, the team is the next thing to be detonated. Jobs will be lost, players moved, fans deeply chagrined, a long era of relative success will fizzle out and pop. Quite a few willing Canadians – temporary and otherwise – have something to lose here.

By contrast, Leonard has very little skin in the game.

At worst, this is seven months of his life, doing the thing he apparently loves for more money than makes sense. He doesn’t even need to unpack. After that, he is free to go, do and/or hide wherever he wants.
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4 days ago
5 Teams That Should Risk Everything And Trade For A 1-Year Jimmy Butler Rental – NBA News Rumors Trades Stats Free Agency
The Toronto Raptors finished on top of the Eastern Conference standings in the 2018 NBA season but after a very disappointing series against the Cavaliers where they were swept 4 to nil, the Raptors are left with plenty of room for improvement. A straight swap between Serge Ibaka and Jimmy Butler is a possible trade option for the Raptors even though it’s a massive risk to lose the presence of Ibaka.

Serge Ibaka resigned for three years as early as last year which will make it unlikely that the Raptors trade him out but there’s no doubt that they could use the scoring power of Butler now that the DeRozan has been traded to the Spurs. A one year deal with the Raptors would be a bold risk but has the potential of taking the Raptors all the way in the East with Butler and Kawhi Leonard on the court together.
4 days ago
Raptors Sign Eric Moreland | Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors announced Friday they have signed centre Eric Moreland. Per team policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Moreland, 6-foot-10, 238 pounds, owns career averages of 2.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 11.0 minutes in 78 NBA games with Sacramento and Detroit. He is shooting .543 (70-129) from the field and has scored in double digits three times.
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4 days ago
Still too early for the Toronto Raptors to give up on Norman Powell - Raptors HQ
With the core of the second unit returning, the question is what role Powell will have this season. Jakob Poeltl was traded away as part of the Kawhi Leonard deal, but the more accomplished Danny Green is coming in as part of the package. Lucas Nogueira, who like Powell was also a peripheral contributor last season, has also moved on but his spot has been upgraded with the signing of Greg Monroe. While Nick Nurse has not yet shown his hand in terms of a starting five, the second unit promises to be even deeper than last year’s. As a result, it is difficult to predict how important Powell’s role might be this season.

It wasn’t long ago that Powell’s stock was sky high. In the summer of 2015, the 46th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft made the All-NBA Summer League First Team. During his short stint in Vegas, Powell showed everyone who was paying attention how athletic and talented he was. It didn’t take long for him to earn the handle of one of the steals of the draft.
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10 days ago
Raptors want to trade their way to championship - it won't be easy
The ideal trade partner is probably Phoenix. The Suns have only $ 70 Million in guaranteed salary in 2018-19, the #16 pick, and a roster with more holes than a porcupine’s underwear. Since they are in the lottery with an excellent chance at the #1 pick, they may be amenable to surrendering their second first-rounder. We would likely have to take back a bad contract (Jared Dudley’s last season at $ 9 Million?), but I could live with that.

Here’s a trade which roughly duplicates what Masai did last summer when dumping Cory Joseph because of the same salary-cap pressure he’s under now.
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may 2018
Report: Sixers interested in trading for Kawhi Leonard, signing LeBron James – ProBasketballTalk
Don’t be surprised if they also try to acquire San Antonio Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard in a trade. Sources have said the Sixers have expressed interest in the two-time all-star. While he is eligible for a five-year, $219-million “super-max” extension with the Spurs this summer, there are reports that Leonard wants out after staying away from the team for most of the season with a quad injury. He played in only nine games.

Leonard has a great relationship with Sixers coach Brett Brown. However, trading for him would be risky without first getting a guarantee that he’ll agree to a contract extension. Leonard is set to become a free agent on July 1, 2019.
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may 2018
Detroit Pistons: The Pistons should not hire Dwane Casey.
The Raptors won a lot of regular season games under Dwane Casey. Including the first two years of his tenure when they struggled, he went 320-238 in his time in Toronto which is a really good record.

The Raptors consistently fell apart in the playoffs largely due to his flaws as a strategist.

Even in the regular season, the flaws were often obvious. The Raptors consistently ranked at the bottom of the NBA in passes per game as their offense largely was giving the ball to Lowry or DeRozan and hoping they score.

The offense was revamped at the behest of Masai Ujiri and under the tutelage of Nick Nurse, but Casey has been the first to say that he was not at the center of that change.
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may 2018
Celtics news: Marcus Morris on the Raptors' destruction that LeBron James, Cavs left behind
Boston Celtics forward Marcus Morris isn’t one to hold his punches. Going up against the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James, Morris recognizes the path of destruction that the Cavs superstar left behind on his way to a second-straight playoff series against the Beantown team.
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may 2018
DeMar DeRozan Rumors: Mike Fisher's Source Doesn't Think Raptors Try to Trade SG | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
If the Raptors are interested in shaking up the roster while remaining contenders, swapping DeRozan for Batum and assets or for Wiggins could make sense.

If the team is more interested in a full rebuild, the Mavericks' deal would be logical, as Dallas has the third-best lottery odds and is guaranteed a top-six pick (though Fisher reported the Mavericks wouldn't be interested in such a deal).

Under any circumstance, adding Leonard would work given his status as one of the best two-way players in the NBA when he's healthy. It's likely that a good portion of the NBA will be calling San Antonio this summer if there's any indication Leonard is on the block.

The team's firing of Dwane Casey this offseason after a 59-win season suggests other changes could be coming as well, though DeRozan isn't the only player who could be moved. The team could choose to deal star point guard Kyle Lowry, for instance, or move other expensive veterans such as Jonas Valanciunas or Serge Ibaka.
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may 2018
Mike D'Antoni calls Raptors firing Dwane Casey ‘kind of laughable’ | NBA | Sporting News
D'Antoni addressed Casey’s firing when he spoke with reporters this week.


"I'm not criticizing anyone, everybody has their reasons for making decisions,” D'Antoni said. “It's just the nature of the business, but it's kind of laughable."

D'Antoni said he thinks Casey, who won the 2017-18 NBCA Coach of the Year Award, will “find another spot” in the NBA.

“I think all coaches are numb to that. You get Coach of the Year. You have the best (regular season) the franchise has ever had. You get fired. It's like really?” D'Antoni said. “He’s classy and good and he's one of the better coaches in the league.”
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may 2018
LeBron’s Game-Winner Reportedly Led to ex-Raptors’ Coach Dwane Casey’s Firing | Complex
Casey declined to double-team James on what became yet another highlight for LeBron’s postseason highlight reel. That decision and a call to use O.G. Anunoby and C.J. Miles as primary defenders against James were both called into question before and after the Raptors were swept.

“Casey has little feel for how to manipulate matchups and anticipate problems,” wrote Jonathan Tjarks of The Ringer in an article entitled “Tyronn Lue Is Running Circles Around Dwane Casey.” “He’s a reactive coach who comes into the series trying to stick with lineups he’s used all season, and then starts scrambling wildly when he’s forced to adjust.”

Those adjustments apparently didn’t come quickly enough, and Casey was shown the door and reportedly given an earful on the way out with one more year and $6.5 million remaining on his contract.
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may 2018
Celtics playoffs: Boston has the answers for LeBron James that the Raptors didn’t have - SBNation.com
This season, Toronto’s two best players were, at best, borderline top-15 players. You can’t really argue that makes them different than Boston, though, not with their injuries. Horford might make an All-NBA team this season, but it’s not a lock. (He has been a top-10 player in these playoffs, however.)

Past those two, though, the Raptors had some flaws. As mentioned above, their centers got run off the floor way too quickly for comfort. Losing Fred VanVleet to injury (and then seeing him return while clearly not being 100 percent) was an enormous blow to the bench unit’s ultimate glue guy. They didn’t have a clear wing that stood out from the pack — OG Anunoby wasn’t always trustworthy, Delon Wright was streaky, Pascal Siakam’s lack of shooting forced him off the floor at times, and C.J. Miles didn’t give the team enough defensively.
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may 2018
Metta World Peace thinks Drake should coach the Raptors
Metta World Peace knows who should replace Dwane Casey as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors.

TMZ Sports ran into World Peace in Beverly Hills, and actually broke the news to him that Casey was fired. The conversation quickly turned to the team’s global ambassador and rapper Drake, who World Peace thinks could be a good coach for the Raptors if he has the right people around him.

“If he had the right staff, he could do it,” World Peace told TMZ. “He should do it. Yeah, he should do it. I think he could do it.”
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may 2018
NBA Offseason 2018: 8 Players The Raptors Should Chase And 7 To Stay Away From
Jabari Parker came into the league a few years ago with all the hype in the world behind him but like so many others, his career has unfortunately been hindered with injuries, and he hasn’t produced because of it. When he is on the court, he’s quite a decent player, but the Toronto Raptors are looking to add pieces to equip their team for a Finals run, and an inconsistent, unproven talent like Parker just doesn’t help their cause too much at the moment.

They’ve also got a pretty deep team at the moment and one of their biggest needs is a player off the bench that can score on their own. Parker just hasn’t shown that ability over his young career, and although he’s likely going to go to a team that has the time and patience to develop him, which will be good for him, he just doesn’t fit the needs of this Raptors team.

If he hadn’t suffered not one but two devastating knee injuries, he no doubt would have been on the Raptors radar, but at this point in time, Parker just doesn’t help this team succeed. They don’t have long together as a core group, so they need to succeed now, this means they should stay away from Parker.
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may 2018
Four Toronto Raptors trades we'd like to see for DeMar DeRozan and more - NBA
Raptors get: Guard Nicolas Batum; Charlotte's 2019 first-round pick (top-10 protected in 2019, top-four protected in 2020 and 2021, converts to second-round picks in 2022 and 2023 if not conveyed); Utah's 2018 second-round pick

Hornets get: Guard DeMar DeRozan

Jazz get: Forward/center Frank Kaminsky

Kevin Pelton: This is the kind of trade the Raptors would make only if they believe DeRozan's game fundamentally can't translate to the postseason; they were outscored by 23.1 points per 100 possessions with him on the court in their loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, per NBA Advanced Stats. There's little question Toronto would be downgrading in the regular season -- that's the whole reason the Hornets, still hoping just to make the playoffs, would make the trade -- but Batum's playmaking from the wing would move the Raptors' starting lineup closer to the kind of pass-first style the team's young reserves play. He would also be an upgrade defensively.
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may 2018
Rating the Raptors’ head coach options | The Star
The Raptors’ firing of Dwane Casey triggered immediate speculation about who might replace the most successful coach in franchise history. Here are five candidates who quickly spring to mind:
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may 2018
With Casey out, Ujiri finally puts himself into the line of fire | Toronto Sun
Ujiri and Casey have butted heads at times, just as Casey and star point guard Kyle Lowry did, a callback to Casey’s old boss George Karl clashing with the great Gary Payton in their Seattle days. It’s natural for a general manager and his head coach to get into it at times. At some point, though, Ujiri decided that a new direction was needed, which was his prerogative and not necessarily the wrong call, as long as he doesn’t stop there.

All indications are he won’t. If all three of Jonas Valanciunas, DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are back next fall, this corner would be surprised. The market will be tested and if somebody wants one of the team’s bad contracts with a reasonable sweetener, that will be looked at as well.
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may 2018
Raptors Salary Cap Refresher: Toronto’s off-season is here - Raptors HQ
With the Raptors losing in the second round of the playoffs, preparations for next season are already beginning. Conversations are starting about whether there might be a coaching change, or which players will be heading out the door (if any), or which free agents can be brought back. It’s happening.

This might seem early, but technically, since the Raptors’ season is done, they are now free to trade with any other eliminated team, which is most of the league at this point. Pre-draft trades are rare, but not exceedingly so, as long-time Raptors fans can attest to — for example, the Reggie Evans for Jason Kapono deal happened in early June.
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may 2018
Development program: What skill each Raptors player should focus on this summer – The Athletic
“Most of the guys on the bench are young and hungry, and I know that these playoffs will be in the back of our minds all summer,” Fred VanVleet said as the team cleared their lockers out Tuesday.

And hungry they should be. Coming off a two-round playoff run in which a number of young players got their first taste of the post-season – the five youths in the 10-man rotation had played a combined 65 playoff minutes before this year – the knowledge of where each player most needs to focus should be instructive.
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may 2018
Koreen: Raptors get their 2018 playoff report cards – The Athletic
That is an understatement. Heading into the playoffs, the Raptors felt they were the best team in the Eastern Conference. A second-round matchup against the Cavaliers was not ideal, but at least it would provide a chance to legitimize their regular season. After the first round, when the Raptors coolly dispatched of the Wizards and the Cavaliers struggled to inch by the Pacers, confidence built.

Then, in the wake of a devastating Game 1, it disappeared.

“I know how confident how we came into the first game. Not just from us, not just from our fans, not just from the players, but even from (the media). Everybody felt good about it,” Ujiri said. “Even after that game everyone felt good about it. OK, why did we give that game away? But for me the margin of error when you play in the playoffs is this small. There those turning points and Game 1 for us was like that. We missed so many layups, we missed bunnies that could have won the game.”
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may 2018
Toronto Raptors future: They don’t seem to realize they need to break up - SBNation.com
In Wednesday’s exit interviews, Casey and Ujiri fixated on the randomness of Game 1, which they both saw as a turning point. In their eyes, that loss featured two open potential game-winning threes, four tip-ins that rimmed out at the end of regulation, a blown double-digit lead, and a missed flagrant foul call on Kevin Love late in the game.

“If a flagrant foul is called and looked at, does it go a different way?” asked Ujiri, who got fined for confronting the officials in Game 3. “I don’t know. I know one thing: we’ve come to a point in this league where we deserved to go look at that play. That might not be the reason [we lost]. We missed a hundred layups. We had 400 turnovers. But all I’m saying is the margin of error is small. And that’s the playoffs.”
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may 2018
The Case for Blowing Up the Raptors Core
Toronto Raptors President Masai Ujiri has to offer the proverbial sacrificial lamb or risk an angry mob. But in his case, it isn’t about appeasing them but saving the team.

Changes need to be made.

If another embarrassing playoff defeat at the hands of LeBron and the Cavs in which the Raptors became the first top seed in almost 50 years to get swept before the Conference Finals doesn’t demand change, then nothing will.
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may 2018
‘It’s the people’s team’: Damon Stoudamire says Raptors are headed for success | The Star
Former Raptors star Damon Stoudamire leaned back on a couch in a downtown Toronto office and recalled the team’s early days when he anchored an expansion squad that would struggle for years.

The NBA team won just 21 games in its debut 1995-96 season, with Stoudamire’s rookie of the year award one of the few highlights from the team’s early era. The man nicknamed “Mighty Mouse” lasted only two-plus seasons in Toronto but always felt the franchise would eventually be successful.
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may 2018
Change is coming for Raptors, only question is when it begins | Toronto Sun
Ujiri has been extremely patient since replacing his former mentor, Bryan Colangelo, and has done solid work in overseeing the finest run in Raptors history, but he’s no dummy. Nor is he satisfied. He’s not foolish enough to truly believe that the current group is good enough to take the next step, the leap Ujiri so desires his squad to make: Becoming a true contender.

The Raptors had a tremendous season, winning more regular-season games than any team besides the Houston Rockets, pacing the Eastern Conference, ranking in the top five in the NBA in both offensive and defensive efficiency.
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may 2018
While speculation swirls, Dwane Casey remains Raptors’ head coach - The Globe and Mail
Ujiri said he has met with Casey, but he declined to say whether the coach, who took the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins this season, will keep his job. The Raps president said his evaluation of the year is continuing.

“Coach Casey has been unbelievable for our organization and I treat it the same exact way that we’ve done every year, including the years that we’ve done well – to go back and look at everything,” Ujiri said. “I met with Casey for two hours this morning, same thing. I’m meeting with him, the staff, and we go through every single thing. It’s just our routine. It’s my responsibility as a leader to do that and we’ll go from there.”
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may 2018
Tough decisions to be made as Raptors begin off-season evaluation - Article - TSN
Ujiri spoke for over 25 minutes, saying an awful lot without saying much of anything at all, as usual. He’s always lamented the idea of having to sit up there with the wounds still fresh and answer questions about decisions he hasn’t made yet. If there was anything to take away from his press conference it was that: some hard decisions have to be made, changes – at least to some degree – are probably coming, and (also as usual) none of it will be rushed.

His first order of business, whenever he’s ready to get to it, will be determining the future of his head coach, Dwane Casey.

On Tuesday, TSN reported that the Raptors were strongly leaning towards making a coaching change. That remains the case, according to sources, but there are a number of moving pieces, which could delay a decision until later this month.
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may 2018
Kostas Antetokounmpo among Raptors pre-draft workouts on Wednesday - Sportsnet.ca
The team will get an up-close look at a pair of guards — Giddy Potts and Joe Chealey — and two forwards — Alan Herndon and Kostas Antetokounmpo.

Potts, a gifted three-point shooter, averaged 13.3 points per game and over 40 per cent from beyond the arc for Middle Tennessee and reached double figures in all but seven games last season.

Chealey notched 18 points per game for Charleston and topped 20 points 13 times. Herndon averaged just shy of 12 points and six boards for Wyoming. Potts, Chealey, and Herndon were all seniors last season.
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may 2018
This might be the off-seaon Raptors 905 boss Jerry Stackhouse lands an NBA head coaching job | The Star
Intensely competitive.

That’s the first thing you hear when it comes to Jerry Stackhouse, the former Detroit Pistons star and current coach of the Toronto Raptors’ G League team who is seen as one of the best young coaches on the market.
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may 2018
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