Toronto Raptors: 2 trades that send Kyle Lowry to the Pelicans

Toronto Raptors: 2 trades that send Kyle Lowry to the Pelicans

The Kyle Lowry rumors have picked into overdrive lately, with the Toronto Raptors legend having his name linked to several teams eyeing a championship, including his hometown 76ers and a Heat team that is looking to make some noise in the postseason after a disappointing end to 2020-21. Despite that interest, one surprise team that […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market

Toronto Raptors: No. 3 pick odds hint Jarrett Allen could hit FA market

The Toronto Raptors rumors have started to really kick off properly over the last few weeks, but one common thread that continues to pick up steam is that this team will look to acquire a new center, either via the draft with Evan Mobley or through free agency with a player like Jarrett Allen. The […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Canadian AJ Lawson could find a home with TOR

Toronto Raptors: Canadian AJ Lawson could find a home with TOR

The Toronto Raptors have a somewhat strong Canadian presence on the roster given the likes of Chris Boucher and impending free agent Khem Birch, but that might not stop them from adding even more homegrown talent to the roster in the 2021 NBA Draft. One Canadian player that could fill a need is South Carolina […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Blue Jays sign high school pitcher Irv Carter with a $850,000 signing bonus

The Blue Jays have signed another one of their top picks from the 2021 draft.

A few days after reaching a deal with first-round pick Gunnar Hoglund, the Blue Jays have come to terms with fifth-round pick Irv Carter on a deal with a signing bonus of $850k.

5th-rder Irv Carter signs w/@BlueJays for $850k (slot 152 value = $350,300). Thinking that will be their 2nd-highest bonus. Florida HS RHP, projectable 6-ft-4, already up to 94 mph with more to come, promising slider. Miami recruit. @MLBDraft
— Jim Callis (@jimcallisMLB) July 19, 2021

Unsurprisingly, Carter earned a much higher signing bonus than his recommended slot value of $350,300. He was one of the top pitching recruits out of high school in Florida and had committed to play for the University of Miami Hurricanes.
But, based on his reaction to being selected by the Blue Jays, it isn’t all that surprising he signed…

Calvary Christian pitcher Irv Carter and his draft party react to being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays. @Irvcarter42 @BlueJays pic.twitter.com/Ml87c32uaY
— Adam Lichtenstein (@ABLichtenstein) July 12, 2021

Here’s what MLB Pipeline says about him…
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Blue Jays sign first-round draft pick Gunnar Hoglund for $3,247,500 ($111,500 under slot value)

The Blue Jays have signed their first-round pick from the 2021 draft.

Right-handed pitcher Gunnar Hoglund out of Ole Miss has inked a deal with a $3,247,500 signing bonus, which is $111,500 under the recommended slot value for the No. 19 overall pick.
Given the Blue Jays didn’t have a second-round pick in this year’s draft, it isn’t surprising to see that they drafted a guy with their first pick that would sign a deal at under slot value. Doing so in the first round gives Toronto more cash to spend on later draft picks, such as high school pitcher Irv Carter.
He had the talent to be a top-10 pick, but Hoglund suffered an elbow injury in May and has since had Tommy John surgery. He won’t be healthy until next spring at the earliest, but this doesn’t appear to be much of a concern given Hoglund is considered to be one of the most polished pitchers in the draft.
Hoglund posted a 2.87 ERA over 11 starts and 62 2/3 innings for Ole Miss in 2021, striking out 96 batters while walking 17. His repertoire includes a 92-to-95 MPH fastball, an 84-to-86 MPH slider, and a changeup that he didn’t often use while …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

2 bold trades that make the Toronto Raptors contenders in 2022

2 bold trades that make the Toronto Raptors contenders in 2022

The Toronto Raptors have a massive decision to make on July 29 at the 2021 NBA Draft. The consensus belief is to always keep your future options open and select young and up-and-coming talent. However, at times, there may be an opportunity to snatch quality talent sacrificing draft capital. That strategy could make the team […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

The Leafs have hired Dean Chynoweth as an assistant coach

After weeks of speculation, the Leafs have finally announced who will be replacing Dave Hakstol on the bench for 2021-22. It turned out to be someone no one expected would be in the running for the job.

We’ve hired Dean Chynoweth as an assistant coach. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 12, 2021

Dean Chynoweth had spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, who have proven to be one of the best defensive teams in the league. During that three-year span, the Hurricanes had allowed a combined 2.64 GA/G (In that same stretch, the Leafs have allowed 2.95 GA/G). They also boasted one of the best penalty-killing units in the NHL, finishing eight, fourth, and third in each of the past three seasons.
Kyle Dubas and Sheldon Keefe surely think that Chynoweth can carry over those results to Toronto and make the Leafs an even better defensive team than they did last season where they averaged 2.64 GA/G. It may not be an assistant coach that can bring some much-needed creativity to the struggling power-play (i.e. Bruce Boudreau), but it does signal that the Leafs want to double down on being better in their own …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

The Blue Jays select RHP Irv Carter with fifth-round pick

The Blue Jays have now used their first four draft picks on pitchers.

With their first-round selection, the team selected Irv Carter, a high-school righty out of the Calvary Christian Academy in Florida. You might recognize the school’s name because Roy Halladay used to coach there.
The team used their fourth-round pick on Chad Dallas, who was ranked No. 210 in the draft by MLB Pipeline. Carter, meanwhile, is ranked No. 93 by Keith Law and No. 118 by Pipeline. It would seem the Blue Jays are going to go under-slot on Dallas in order to spend a little extra on Carter.
Here’s what Pipeline says about him…

Teams that have to play Calvary Christian Academy in Florida might think they’d be lucky if they didn’t have to face the school’s ace and potential top 10 pick, Andrew Painter. They’d be wrong, as the school’s No. 2 starter, Carter, would be the top guy in most other high school programs and is a legitimate Draft prospect in his own right.
There are a lot of things to like with Carter, particularly his size, physicality and arm strength. The 6-foot-4 right-hander has a fastball that is currently up to 94 …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Ridiculous Spencer Dinwiddie valuation could end interest

Toronto Raptors: Ridiculous Spencer Dinwiddie valuation could end interest

The Toronto Raptors have built a champion on the back of some economical, high-ceiling free agency signings in the past, and they could pull off plenty more this offseason. Could Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie be the next player that gets back on the right track under Nick Nurse’s tutelage? Dinwiddie averaged over 18 points […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Why the Toronto Raptors absolutely need to draft Evan Mobley

Why the Toronto Raptors absolutely need to draft Evan Mobley

The Toronto Raptors have a top-five pick in the NBA Draft for the first time since Jonas Valanciunas was selected fifth overall in 2011. If there is one player that could be transformational and an impact starter right away, it is USC center Evan Mobley. Oddly enough, it’s Valanciunas’ removal from the organization’s depth chart […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ