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DeMarre Carroll ranked 81st in SI's top 100 NBA players

DeMarre Carroll was a key piece on a Hawks team that won 60 games during the regular season last year, and as an unrestricted free agent, was rewarded for that effort with a four-year deal worth $60 million from the Toronto Raptors.But the folks at Sports Illustrated don't necessarily believe he's all that. In the publication's rankings of the league's top 100 players, Carroll came...
Via Fox Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

EXCLUSIVE: Toronto Raptors All-Star Kyle Lowry Talks About His Surprising Weight Loss

When New York Knicks guard Kyle O'Quinn posted a post-run photo of himself and a handful of other NBA players on his Instagram page earlier this summer, something (or the
Via Stack
21 hours ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: What Should Be Their Rotation?

(Nov. 4, 2014 – Source: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images North America) By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content at Hoopstuff… The Toronto Raptors filled their biggest need in their starting unit this offseason with the signing of former Atlanta Hawks forward DeMarre Carroll to help round out their perimeter next to Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Another free agent addition in Luis...
Via HoopStuff
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Luis Scola Dominates In Argentina’s Win Over Puerto Rico

Luis Scola tried to tell the Toronto Raptors media that he's got a lot left to give before heading off to join his National Team and in Argentina's 91-86 opening win over Puerto Rico at the 2015 FIBA Americas he dominated his opposition.
Via Pro Bball Report
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tristan Thompson won’t take below max from Cavs

    In a saga that is dragging out longer than the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise (RIP Wes Craven), restricted free agent Tristan Thompson continues to hold out for a new contract extension from the Cavaliers. After turning down a five-year, $80 million deal from the team earlier this offseason, it’s become clear that Thompson and agent Rich Paul are not budging. They...
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Boast A Top Five Backcourt Again This Season

The debate over who will be among the top backcourts this season won't be easily settled, but there aren't any other pairings besides the Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan where both guards were top 10 in points, rebounds, assists, steals and minutes at their position last season. Yes that includes Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson who were the obvious best of the best.
Via Pro Bball Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Is Rich Paul steering Tristan Thompson towards Toronto?

Most everything has gone smoothly for the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer. LeBron James re-signed. Kevin Love re-signed. Iman Shumpert re-signed, and James Jones did, too. Mo Williams returned to town and Matthew Dellavedova stuck around. The Cavs found a taker for Brendan Haywood’s contract.1 They signed Richard Jefferson to back up LeBron, and lured Sasha Kaun from Russia to...
Via Waiting For Next Year
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors Can’t Get Any Respect For Next Season

It's still early to be making predicting about next season, not that being early has ever stopped anyone, and it seems the Toronto Raptors failure to land a superstar in free agency has bumped them completely off the radar down South. The Raptors just can't get any respect for their anticipated defense of the Atlantic Division or their consecutive franchise record setting seasons.
Via Pro Bball Report
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Landry Fields be in the NBA this season?

Landry Fields has played five NBA seasons, the last three as a member of the Toronto Raptors.But an injury to his shooting arm has limited his production the last couple of years, and now, as an unrestricted free agent, it's worth wondering if his NBA career might be finished.“In terms of (my) shot and the arm, it is still an on-going thing,” Fields said just before last season...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

DeMarre Carroll hopes to see DeMar DeRozan improve his three-point shooting

DeMar DeRozan averaged 20.1 points per game for the Raptors last season, but did so about as inefficiently as possible.DeRozan shot a career-low 41.3 percent from the field, which included a mark of just 28.4 percent from three-point distance.DeMarre Carroll was the team's big offseason acquisition, and he managed to incorporate the three-point shot into his offensive game, which...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA Atlantic Division Preview

Last season, the Toronto Raptors ran away with the Atlantic Division for the second year in a row but were defeated in the first round of the playoffs yet again. Although the Raptors won the Atlantic, two other teams in the division made the playoffs as well. Can any of the other four teams in the division dethrone the Raptors as champions of the Atlantic, or will they win their...
Via The Sports Quotient
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Have Held Extension Talks With Terrence Ross

Terrence Ross has an uncertain future with the Toronto Raptors after their offseason signing of DeMarre Carroll. But Masai Ujiri said the Raptors and Ross' camp have discussed an extension. “We’ll keep monitoring and see how things get done, if anything happens,” Ujiri said. “We’ve had a little bit of discussion.” Ross would become a restricted free agent next offseason...
Via RealGM
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Jonas Valanciunas Contract Grade

(April 13, 2015 – Source: Mike Lawrie/Getty Images North America) By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content at Hoopstuff… Contract: 4 years (4th year player option), 64 million Just days after news of negotiations were first reported, the Toronto Raptors and starting center Jonas Valanciunas have come to terms on a four year extension, with the fourth year being a player option...
Via HoopStuff
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Exclusive interview with DeMar DeRozan

Legendary Pictures' Straight Outta Compton has been killing it at the box office since its release. The film focuses on the rap power group NWA, originally from...well, yeah, Compton. While he might not have the same impact on the area as the likes of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan has come a long way, and continues to inspire those in his...
Via The Sports Quotient
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Behind Stars Lowry And DeRozan, Raptors Hungry For More Success In Upcoming Slate

The new unique Drake-inspired uniforms won’t be the only changes for the Toronto Raptors in the upcoming season. After being unceremoniously dumped by the lower-seeded Washington Wizards in the first round of the 2014-15 playoffs, just after winning their second consecutive division title for the first time in franchise history, the Raptors made several changes to their roster...
Via Hoops Heads North
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jonas Valanciunas on the verge of signing four-year, $60 million contract extension with Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have made it clear that they plan to change the way their team plays this season. The organization wants to focus of playing better defense which is they went out and signed forward DeMarre Carroll. But with the change focused on defense, the Raptors need center Jonas Valanciunas to become a rim protector. Even though he hasn’t shown he can do that yet, the...
Via No Guts, No Glory
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Who Should Be Their Starting Five?

(Feb. 23, 2015 – Source: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images North America) By Josh Morgan: VP and Director of Content at Hoopstuff… PG: Kyle Lowry Lowry had a bit of a down year after resigning with the Toronto Raptors last offseason for 48 million dollars over 4 seasons. Sure he was an All Star and his points per game were essentially the same, though he played in 9 fewer games leading...
Via HoopStuff
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Watch: Diante Garrett pump fakes free throw, chaos ensues

The NBA’s Summer League can get a little slow at times, but Diante Garrett did his best to keep everyone on off their toes Thursday night. Garrett is a 26-year-old point guard playing on the Chicago Bulls’ summer squad. In the first quarter of Chicago’s game against the Toronto Raptors in Las Vegas, Garrett went to the free throw line to shoot two, but apparently decided...
Via NESN.com
July 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Grading the Toronto Raptors' Bismack Biyombo pickup

The Toronto Raptors have been very busy this offseason in regards to free agency.  A team that desperately needed defense, the Raptors have gone out and attempted to fix the problem by bringing in some quality defenders at all three areas, from the guards, to the wings, to the bigs.  While their offense may take a step backward, their defense will almost certainly be much improved...
Via isportsweb.com
July 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors Build for Both Present and Future

In some ways, last year's Toronto Raptors team finished in the most awkward possible spot in the standings. With a 49-33 record, the Raptors were above .500 in the inferior Eastern Conference—but not that far above. Their first-round sweep at the hands of the Washington Wizards was a borderline-embarrassing look at having all of a team's poor defensive habits—the Raptors were...
Via The Sports Post
July 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors Get Strong Performances From Wright, Powell During Las Vegas Summer League

The Toronto Raptors’ journey back to the playoffs after last season’s discouraging first-round exit starts in Las Vegas, as the summer league roster has begun playing games in Sin City. First-round pick Delon Wright, an athletic 6’5” point guard out of Utah, is joined by second-round pick Norman Powell, along with the rest of the roster hopefuls as Toronto looks to find value...
Via Hoops Heads North
July 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Luke Ridnour Dropped By Fifth Team in 16 Days After Getting Cut By Toronto Raptors

If there is anyone in this word that could use a pick me up right now it is free agent NBA guard Luke Ridnour. Life can't be too bad for the 34-year old of course. After all he has been playing in the NBA for years and should be financially well off. There is just one problem--no one wants him.For the fifth time in 16 days he is being released from a team. The other four times he...
Via FatManWriting
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Lou Williams bolsters Lakers backcourt, but trouble remains

As much as Kobe Bryant would enjoy scoring every point, the Los Angeles Lakers needed to find another top scoring option to complement him. The franchise did just that, plucking Lou Williams from free agency on a three-year deal. But the Lakers are still in trouble. Williams, the 2014-15 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, heads to Hollywood after recording a career-best 15.5 points per...
Via Sportsnaut
July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

DeMarre Carroll joins the Toronto Raptors

I won’t lie…I didn’t see this one coming.  The Toronto Raptors signed SF DeMarre Carroll on the first day of free agency to a four year contract worth $60 million.  With so much emphasis being put on the Raptors need for a PF, SF became somewhat of an afterthought.  Carroll is a great 3-and-D player, and even though the Raptors likely overpaid, they’re getting a good,...
Via isportsweb.com
July 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Raptors signing Carroll is shrewdest move of free agency

DeMarre Carroll made the announcement on social media Wednesday that he is heading to Toronto to play for head coach Dwane Casey and the Raptors. #WeThe North I will be playing for Toronto Raptors next year!!!! I'm Blessed for this Opportunity!… https://t.co/pBK6NvRVcE — DeMarre Carroll (@DeMarreCarroll1) July 1, 2015 #WeTheNorth I will be playing for...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss
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