Raptors add perfect Masai Ujiri guard in 2023 NBA Mock Draft

Raptors add perfect Masai Ujiri guard in 2023 NBA Mock Draft

Even as the Toronto Raptors figure out ways to stay in the postseason hunt despite the injury gods giving them some comical bad luck, Masai Ujiri is likely getting his 2023 big board set up. Raptors mock draft time is not just a seasonal event, especially for this front office. After fixing their height issue […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

1 stud and 1 dud from very close Raptors win against Bulls

1 stud and 1 dud from very close Raptors win against Bulls

Even though Pascal Siakam was unable to perform due to a groin injury, Fred VanVleet, Christian Koloko, and the Toronto Raptors were not going to be shown any mercy by the Chicago Bulls. Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan were ready to stick it to an undermanned Raptors team. After getting beaten down in the first […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays steal back-and-forth affair in 6-5 win, sweep Red Sox

In August, you’ll take wins any way you can get them, even if they’re not the prettiest!

The Toronto Blue Jays swept the Boston Red Sox with a 6-5 win tonight, in a game that featured both teams spoiling opportunities to put the game away. Every time one side took the lead, they would let the other side back into it. For context, tonight’s game featured five lead changes and 25 runners left on base between the two teams.
For the second straight night, the game would go into extra innings, and again, it was George Springer with the tie-breaking RBI. With Cavan Biggio at third base in the 10th inning, John Schneider put the contact play on with Springer at the plate. Springer grounded a ball to Xander Bogaerts at shortstop, and Biggio took off as soon as the ball was hit. Biggio slid under the tag at the plate, and the Blue Jays took the lead for good.
Both teams swapped punches in the early innings of the game, as starters Kevin Gausman and Kutter Crawford could never establish a rhythm.
Bo Bichette got the Blue Jays on the board in the first inning with a two-run double to right field. The ball fell just shy of the short wall in right, and with runners on t …

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Author: Evan Stack / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Pascal Siakam, Rico Hines already working on shooting

Raptors: Pascal Siakam, Rico Hines already working on shooting

Even after being named an All-NBA player for the second time in his career, Toronto Raptors superstar Pascal Siakam is exploring every possible angle through which he can take his game to the next level. 3-point shooting could be what sets him apart in 2022-23 and beyond as he cements himself among the league’s elite. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nets “angling” for Raptors’ Scottie Barnes in Kevin Durant talks

Nets “angling” for Raptors’ Scottie Barnes in Kevin Durant talks

Even though the prospect of a Kevin Durant trade is looking less likely by the day, the Toronto Raptors are keeping their feelers extended. The sticking point in trade negotiations may end up being reigning Rookie of the Year and Raptors fan favorite Scottie Barnes, who has long been considered an immovable piece of the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors must be afraid of Celtics in Kevin Durant trade talks

Raptors must be afraid of Celtics in Kevin Durant trade talks

Even though a Kevin Durant trade remains fantastical given the mountain of picks and players needed, the Toronto Raptors are one of just a handful of teams with the requisite pieces needed to jigsaw together a respectable offer. However, another contender in the division appears to have joined the fray. The Boston Celtics are fresh […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Rating the Leafs offseason (so far)

“It’s not even a week into free agency, why are rating the offseason already?”
A legitimate question conjured up reader, I’m glad you asked. While it’s still relatively early in the offseason, we’ve seen the draft go by as well as the most critical early days of free agency, it’s very easy to have an opinion at this point and you’ve probably been subject to a lot of them on social media. The intention here is to not only identify our 1-10 rating of the Leafs offseason so far, but weigh in on how Kyle Dubas and the Leafs could improve their score with us.
So let’s get started.
Mark Norman
(This was written before the Jarnkrok signing. That probably brings it to a 5.)
I think it’s a 3 out of 10 thus far. Taking into account that it was unlikely the Leafs were going to bring in A-listers because of their cap situation, I don’t think you could even call Nicolas Aube-Kubel, Adam Gaudette, Jordie Benn, or Victor Mete B-list options. And while, sure, they may provide some positive value, these feel like the type of moves you make in the second week of free agency, not the first two days. My excitement for these moves pales in comparison to my excitement about Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase last summer, even with knowing how Ritchie played out.
On the goaltending …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

1 reason Raptors can top each competing Kevin Durant trade offer

1 reason Raptors can top each competing Kevin Durant trade offer

Even though the idea of trading Kevin Durant for one of the biggest hauls in NBA history is seeming less likely by the day, the Toronto Raptors remain one of the most fervent teams in the KD chase. The idea of adding one of the greatest players iN NBA history will undoubtedly appeal to Masai […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Former Raptors C Aron Baynes starting NBA comeback is great

Former Raptors C Aron Baynes starting NBA comeback is great

Even though the Toronto Raptors didn’t get the most value out of Aron Baynes in his season-long stint with the team, he can still hang his hat on an excellent career when he decides to retire. In a shocking twist of fate, that career almost met an abrupt and tragic end over the last few […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ