Player News - Raptors

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Former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will be a primary target of the Pistons coaching search, league sources tell ESPN.

The Pistons have thrown around a few names, but it would come as no surprise if Casey were to land this job, he's going to be a coach again somewhere. The Pistons have recently hired Grizzlies executive Ed Stefanski as a senior advisor and he will be responsible for this coaching hire.
May 24 - 9:39 AM

Fred VanVleet said he would love to return to Toronto and this his preference is to remain a Raptor.

VanVleet, who will hit free agency in July, exceeded expectations during his sophomore season in Toronto, averaging 8.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He will receive heavy interest on the open market. However, he says he would prefer to stay put. "I’m going to be loyal to the organization that gave me a chance and I love the city of Toronto, I love the fans, I love the people here, and I would love to be back." said VanVleet. "So hopefully it can work out."
May 19 - 10:01 AM

Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewenberg believes that Nick Nurse is the frontrunner for the head coaching job.

After firing coach of the year Dwane Casey, the Raptors were heavily linked to Mike Budenholzer before he joined the Bucks. Nick Nurse and Rex Kalamian were both assistants on Casey's staff and are in the running, while Jerry Stackhouse is a candidate for the job as well.
May 17 - 10:53 AM

Dwane Casey, Brad Stevens and Quin Snyder have been voted finalists for Coach of the Year.

Stevens is the only guy still coaching his team in the playoffs, holding a 2-0 lead vs. the Cavs -- Casey doesn't even have a job after being fired by Toronto following their exit in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
May 16 - 8:51 PM

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski‏ is reporting that the Raptors have fired head coach Dwane Casey.

Remarkably, Casey just finished leading the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 wins and the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Of course, Toronto's season ended in extremely disappointing fashion, as the Cavs swept them out of the postseason in the second round. Casey won't be out of work for long. He will have plenty of teams interested in bringing him in, assuming he wants to resume working right away.
May 11 - 11:26 AM

General manager Masai Ujiri said the Raptors still "feel very strongly about" Norman Powell.

"Everybody’s looking for wings in the NBA," Ujiri said about Powell. Last summer, it looked like Powell was going to be a steal at a four-year, $42 million extension, but that didn't quite work out in the first year with Powell falling out of the rotation.
May 9 - 4:40 PM

General manager Masai Ujiri said he will be "evaluating" coach Dwane Casey.

"Coach Casey has been unbelievable for our organization," Ujiri added. The GM said they'll take a wide-net approach to evaluating the team. There are some reports that Casey could be out as coach because of the Raptors underperforming in the postseason. Of course, if they do change coaches, they would have to hire someone. That could be tough after some teams have hired new coaches already.
May 9 - 3:06 PM

Toronto management is reportedly "strongly leaning" towards making a coaching change.

Despite Toronto taking the No. 1 seed out East this season, the Cavs easily brush them off in just four games, so Dwane Casey's days are likely numbered as the head coach of the Raptors. His offense wasn't exactly innovative, and he made questionable decisions with the big man rotations, so his departure would be good news for Jonas Valanciunas. Assistant coach Nick Nurse will be in the running to take over, and Jerry Stackhouse will also likely be a name that comes up.
Source: TSN
May 8 - 2:23 PM

Fred VanVleet said he will travel to New York to see a specialist for his nagging shoulder injury.

Meeting with reporters on Tuesday after the Raps were eliminated, VanVleet said that the shoulder injury that sidelined him earlier in the postseason was worse than he let on, or even admitted to himself. "I wish I would've been at full strength for this team but those were the cards I was dealt," said VanVleet. He told reporters he will have plenty of rehab work this summer and plans to re-work his shooting form.
May 8 - 12:05 PM

Kyle Lowry had 10 assists and four rebounds but only scored five points in 30 minutes during Toronto's Game 4 loss to Cleveland on Monday.

This was the first time Lowry scored in single digits this postseason and tied for his fewest points of the season when playing at least 30 minutes. Lowry was having a good series up to this game, but being in a 3-0 hole may explain the lack of intensity.
May 7 - 11:51 PM

Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points, five rebounds, two assists and three blocks in just 16 minutes in Toronto's 128-93 season-ending loss to Cleveland on Monday.

Valanciunas came off the bench for the first time this season and only got 16 minutes, but that didn't stop him from leading the team with 18 points. He had another solid season averaging 12.7 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game. He's set to be back with the Raptors in 2018-19.
May 7 - 11:39 PM

DeMar DeRozan was ejected after being assessed with a Flagrant 2 for hitting Jordan Clarkson in the head while he was going up for a layup.

DeRozan had 13 points, five rebounds and an assist in 33 minutes. It was a somewhat fitting end to DeRozan's season the way this series has gone. The All-star wing is set to return with the Raptors in 2018-19, but with a third straight season ending at the hands of Cleveland and Boston and Philly on the rise, things won't get any easier for Toronto's franchise player.
May 7 - 11:06 PM

Serge Ibaka and C.J. Miles will start Game 4 on Monday alongside Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and OG Anunoby.

Going back to Ibaka is a strange decision given his struggles, but the Raptors will be able to increase the pace with this lineup. Jonas Valanciunas will head back to the bench and his role is completely up in the air, while Fred VanVleet should still see a good chunk of minutes off the bench if his shoulder continues to hold up.

Raptors president Masai Ujiri has been fined $25,000 by the league for walking onto the court to "verbally confront game officials" during Game 3.

It's a financial slap on the wrist for one of the architects of Toronto's roster, and it's the least of Ujiri's concerns with his team facing a 3-0 deficit after LeBron James' amazing game-winner on Saturday.
May 6 - 5:35 PM

Kyle Lowry scored 27 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, five turnovers and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes during a 105-103 loss to the Cavs in Game 3 on Saturday.

He really needed help in the backcourt with both DeMar DeRozan and Fred VanVleet making a combined 5-of-21 from the field with only one trey in this loss. Lowry has been productive in each of his last four games, but his teammates can't seem to string games together. It'll be interesting to see what happens to the Raptors after they get knocked out of this series.
May 5 - 11:31 PM


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