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Report: Raptors ranked 10th in merchandise sales

No Raptors jerseys cranked the top 15, but overall merchandise sales remains strong - Read More

Draft Watch: Who is Toronto looking at in the second round?

With two picks in the second round, the Raptors have to do their due diligence to re-stock their main (and G League) roster. Who is on the team’s radar with upside? - Read More

Report: Raptors to hire Trevor Gleeson from the NBL as new assistant coach

Toronto has seen the team’s coaching staff thin over the past year, so it comes as no surprise that head coach Nick Nurse is bringing in a new hire. - Read More

Report: Raptors coach Nick Nurse sued by former agent

Warren LeGarie claims Nurse breached representation contract - Read More

Long-time Raptors assistant Jama Mahlalela hired by Warriors

Another Raptors assistant has been lured away by another team. - Read More

Draft Watch: Can Evan Mobley keep the Raptors’ window open?

Mobley in Toronto would fill the team’s significant need at centre. He’s the best big man in the draft and fits the Raptors’ defensive schemes like a glove. It’s unlikely that he falls to #4, even though the squad would love to have him. - Read More

The time is right to get Kyle Lowry G.R.O.A.T swag

Kyle Lowry is still a Raptor — and he’ll always be the greatest of all Raptors. To celebrate: get in on our latest t-shirt and hoodie deal! - Read More

How would each potential draft pick at no. 4 fit with the Raptors?

Toronto has a ton of questions to answer this offseason, but there are some things we do know right now: the core identity of the team and that they have the #4 pick. How do those players fit together? - Read More

That’s A Rap #146: Discussing the dismissed and disillusioned

Harris is out. Hammon is still not a head coach. Siakam and the 4th pick keep showing up in trade rumours. But not all is doom and gloom — thanks to the Point God and Team Canada — on the latest episode of That’s A Rap. - Read More

Report: Jalen Harris banned one year for violating the NBA’s anti-drug program

Here’s some unexpected news: Raptors rookie Harris is now out of the NBA for one year pending reinstatement after violating the terms of the league’s anti-drug program. - Read More

Draft Watch: Is Jalen Green to be the next great Raptor?

Green was the biggest unknown until he showed out as the best player on the G League Ignite team. It’s clear that we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg, and his draft stock is on the rise. Could the Raptors take him at #4? - Read More

Player Review: Kyle Lowry and a possible last stand in Toronto

Already assured as the G.R.O.A.T., Lowry spent 2020-21 facing physical and circumstantial challenges. He also hinted at what the last phase of his career will look like, whether that’s in a Raptors uniform or not. - Read More

Player Review: Fred VanVleet became Toronto’s leader through tough times

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That’s A Rap #145: Raising the floor with #4

After a forgettable season in Tampa, fortunes finally turned in Toronto’s favour when the Raptors jumped to #4 in the draft lottery. How should they use the pick and what does this mean for Masai Ujiri’s future? Enjoy the latest episode of That’s A Rap! - Read More

Player Review: Paul Watson had a rough year, despite some career highs

The Raptors didn’t quite get much from Watson this season after making him a full-time player for the team. That said, there could still be something there with the swingman. - Read More

Player Review: Yuta Watanabe never took a possession off for the Raptors

Yuta Watanabe was a bright spot for Toronto during a down year — and made winning plays as the team’s glue guy. - Read More

Draft Watch: What the Raptors’ bounce into the 4th slot means for Toronto

The Raptors did not win the Cade Cunningham lottery, but vaulting to the 4th spot gives Masai and Bobby a real chance to grab a star-calibre player. - Read More

Player Review: Taking stock of DeAndre’ Bembry’s up and down season

With a flare for the dramatic and a willingness on defense, is there still room for DeAndre’ Bembry on the Toronto Raptors? - Read More

Raptors move up, get No. 4 in NBA Draft Lottery

Coming in with the seventh best odds, Toronto got a bit of luck and will pick fourth in the 2021 NBA Draft. - Read More

NBA Draft Lottery 2021 open thread: Where will the Raptors pick?

Will the Basketball Gods reward Toronto for their lost season in Tampa? Let’s watch the NBA Draft Lottery! - Read More

Player Review: Injuries and bad luck factor into Rodney Hood’s down year

Rodney Hood, who posted career lows across the board, has struggled to revive his career with the Raptors in a year many wish to forget. - Read More

Player Review: Gary Trent Jr. is forging his own path in Toronto

For Gary Trent Jr. to shed Norm Powell and Gary Trent Sr. from people’s minds, he needs to forge his own path to greatness with the Toronto Raptors. - Read More

Jama Mahalela to Golden State

I hope it is a step up in pay or responsibilities but a very long tenured coach who came up through the ranks in Raptor land is bolting for Golden pastures. Personally sad to see him go, but wish... - Read More

Player Review: Will Khem Birch be a part of the Raptors going forward?

Khem Birch outperformed expectations in his brief stint with Toronto, but did he do enough to justify a key role with the team in the future? - Read More

Player Review: Checking in on Malachi Flynn’s development

Malachi Flynn displayed some tantalizing upside during his rookie season for the Raptors — and some limitations. - Read More

That’s A Rap #144: The aftermath of a hectic NBA week

Did Chris Paul contract COVID? Will Kawhi Leonard play again this season? What happens if the Sixers, Nets, and Jazz all miss the Conference Finals? We don’t know the answers but we do know there was so much more to discuss in the latest episode of That’s A Rap! - Read More

What does Boston’s recent deal mean for Kyle Lowry and the Raptors?

The Celtics made a big move, sending Kemba Walker to OKC for Al Horford. Could this set the stage for them to make a play for a certain Raptor? - Read More

The 2021 NBA Draft Lottery Rankings: Which team should win?

Brace yourselves for an extremely scientific look at which teams deserve to win this year’s draft lottery the most. (And which teams... do not.) - Read More

Player Review: Tracking OG Anunoby’s ever-expanding game

From his guard-all-five D to his high-usage, high-efficiency O, OG Anunoby continues to grow. - Read More

Draft Watch: Who should the Raptors select in various lottery landing spots?

While the NBA Draft positions remain to be determined, let’s do some research on who the Raptors should select at the various lottery positions they might end up at. - Read More

Player Review: Pascal Siakam became the Raptors’ best player this season

Despite all his ups and downs this season, Siakam still managed to become Toronto’s best player, further expanding his role as the team’s focal point. - Read More

Report: Sergio Scariolo leaving Raptors to become head coach of Virtus Bologna

The Toronto Raptors will say goodbye to one of their top assistant coaches, sources say, as Sergio Scariolo is expected to become the next head coach of Virtus Bologna, one of the oldest club teams... - Read More

Player Review: The rocky union between Aron Baynes and the Raptors

It seemed like a good match when Aron Baynes signed with the Raptors. Now the nightmare marriage can’t end soon enough. - Read More

Pascal Siakam out at least five months after successful shoulder surgery

The surgery was to repair a torn labrum in Siakam’s left shoulder, an injury suffered late in the 2020-21 season. - Read More

That’s A Rap #143: First round recap and the world outside the NBA

The NBA playoffs never disappoint and the first round was (is) no exception. The Toronto Maple Leafs, on the other hand, continue to let Toronto fans down. Stay until the end as we talk a lot about Naomi Osaka! - Read More

Player Review: Freddie Gillespie, the new energy injector for the Raptors

A 10-day contract signee at a critical juncture in Toronto’s season, Gillespie showed long-term benefits thanks to hustle and quick adaptations to NBA ball. - Read More

Let’s check in on the playoff teams that should have traded for Kyle Lowry

The Raptors decided against trading Kyle Lowry, which most in Toronto celebrated. But if one of these teams had come with a good enough offer, maybe it would have been worth it — for them. - Read More

Player Review: Is this the end of Stanley Johnson’s time with Toronto?

Sometimes having a whole bunch of tools means you still can’t find a wrench when you need it. That’s been the story of Stanley with the Raptors. - Read More

Player Review: Chris Boucher turned an opportunity into a career-season

Having finally earned a real role on the Raptors, Boucher has proven he belongs in the best basketball league in the world. - Read More

Kyle Lowry Rumors: 'Rising Buzz' Pelicans Will Pursue PG in Free Agency

The free-agent market for Kyle Lowry could be robust, with one Western Conference team reportedly throwing its hat in the ring.  Per NBA reporter Read More

Power Ranking Every NBA Team's 3-Year Window

Life in the  NBA  moves quickly, as teams are often a season away from losing their key players to free agency. Teams who few believe in now could also be on the verge of becoming contenders... - Read More

Every NBA Team's Player Most Likely to Be Traded This Summer

From the blindingly obvious trade candidacy of the Philadelphia 76ers' Ben Simmons to the by-default status enjoyed by the Golden State Warriors' Andrew Wiggins, every NBA team has a player it's more likely to trade than anyone else on its roster... - Read More

Ranking the Top 15 Guards in 2021 NBA Free Agency

Just a couple of weeks shy of the official start of the  NBA 's 2021 free-agency period on August 2, there's still time to dive into this offseason's class of potential difference-makers... - Read More

2021 NBA Draft Buzz: Sources Say Scottie Barnes Could Go Top 5

Love for  Scottie Barnes  has snowballed to the point scouts and executives expect he's going in the top five of the  NBA  draft.   Sources tell Bleacher Report the Orlando Magic are a good possibility for Barnes at No... - Read More

Playing Trade or Keep with NBA's Most Rumored Trade Targets

The  NBA 's trade rumor mill is buzzing loud enough to draw a noise complaint.   Since free-agency options are mostly limited around the league because of shortages of both salary-cap ... - Read More

NBA, NBPA Reportedly Agree to Extend Play-in Tournament Through 2021-22 Season

The NBA postseason play-in tournament will reportedly remain in place for at least one more season. According to ESPN's Read More

Every NBA Team's Toughest Decision This Offseason

Nothing about working in an  NBA  front office is easy, although some decisions are more difficult than others... - Read More

The 10 Best Easter Eggs in 'Space Jam: A New Legacy'

After years of rumors and months of buildup,  Space Jam: A New Legacy  is finally here. And it's just as wild as you'd expect. There's LeBron James in the role of Michael Jordan from the original... - Read More

Ranking the Best NBA Finals MVPs Since 2000

Winning a single championship instantly puts  NBA  players in an exclusive club. However, the 2021 postseason will crown only the 32nd NBA Finals MVP in league history.   During the last two decades, that number hasn't exactly been soaring... - Read More

NBA Draft Big Board: Updated Top 60 Prospects

After the NBA combine, workouts and more intel gathering, Bleacher Report's big board received an update and some noteworthy changes.   Moves were made as high as No. 5... - Read More

New Blockbuster NBA Trades You've Never Thought Of

The 2021  NBA  offseason might be remembered as the summer of swaps.   With the free-agent market lacking both stars and spenders, trades might be the only way for most teams to add difference-makers... - Read More

NBA League Insiders Expect a Flurry of Sign-and-Trades This Summer

In a league in which superstar salaries have been skyrocketing and teams value every precious dollar under the tax apron, the excitement during this year's  NBA  free agency, which begins Aug... - Read More

Fringe NBA Teams Better off Blowing It Up

Context is important when discussing whether  NBA  teams should blow it up. Not every situation is the same, and pushing for demolition often ignores what that controlled roster razing should look like or whether it's actually feasible... - Read More

ESPN's NBA Basketball Power Index

ESPN's NBA Basketball Power Index (BPI) is a measure of team strength developed by the ESPN Analytics team. - Read More

ESPN's NBA BPI Playoff Odds

ESPN's NBA BPI Playoff Odds estimate the likelihood for each team to make the playoffs, win the NBA title and finish in the top three of the NBA lottery. - Read More

Basketball Hall of Fame: Everything you need to know about the Class of 2021

The Basketball Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2021. We have all the news and names you need, including Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber and Ben Wallace. - Read More

NBA trade deadline: Aldridge joins loaded Nets squad

Miami added an All-Star while Toronto and New Orleans held on to their point guards. What's next? Get all the latest buzz from the NBA trade deadline. - Read More

Lakers legend Kobe Bryant: Remembrances and reaction

The NBA world remembers the life and legacy of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who died Jan. 26, 2020. - Read More

NBA Finals 2021: Complete coverage of Suns vs. Bucks

Keep it here for all the news, intel, analysis and matchup info all postseason long. - Read More

Toronto Raptors' star Kyle Lowry receives honorary degree from Acadia University

Lowry has received an honorary doctorate degree in Humanities from Nova Scotia's Acadia University to add to his long list of achievements. - Read More

NBA dismisses Raptors' Harris for drug violation

The NBA announced Thursday that Raptors rookie Jalen Harris has been dismissed and disqualified for violating terms of the league's anti-drug program. - Read More

NBA draft lottery 2021: Social media reacts as Detroit Pistons land No. 1 overall pick

Detroit, stand up. Social media had a varied reaction to the Pistons securing the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 NBA draft. - Read More

Raptors' Siakam likely to miss start of 2021-22

Raptors forward Pascal Siakam had surgery last week to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, with an anticipated recovery and rehabilitation time of five months. - Read More

Raptors fan joins Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame

Nav Bhatia, also known as the Superfan, became the first fan to join the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. - Read More

Ujiri: Raptors future hinges on chat with owners

Raptors president Masai Ujiri said Wednesday his decision on whether to re-sign with the franchise will be determined by his looming chat with ownership. - Read More

Pierce, Bosh, Webber headline 2021 HOF class

Paul Pierce, Chris Bosh, Chris Webber and Ben Wallace were among those selected as part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's 2021 class on Sunday. - Read More

Everything at stake on the last day of the NBA regular season

Here is what's on the line ahead of the league's regular-season finale. - Read More

NBA playoff watch: Sixers nab East's top seed; Wizards clinch play-in spot

The Wizards stayed alive for the No. 9 seed out East, while Philly clinched home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs. - Read More

How the Raptors should approach the offseason

Two years removed from an NBA title, Toronto is facing a pivotal summer. - Read More