Raptors should not include Pascal Siakam in any Pacers trade talks

Raptors should not include Pascal Siakam in any Pacers trade talks

The Indiana Pacers are rumored to move towards rebuilding the team, as they are willing to discuss trade talks around Caris LeVert, Myles Turner, or Domantas Sabonis. One of these players moving into the Toronto Raptors frontcourt alongside Pascal Siakam could be enough to get this team getting back to the postseason. They could improve […]
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Author: Pirasanth Gunasekaram / Raptors HQ

The Blue Jays are planning to designate Rafael Dolis for assignment

Here’s the move that was pretty much expected after last night’s meltdown.

The Blue Jays are reportedly planning to designate Rafael Dolis for assignment in order to make room for Kevin Smith on the 40-man and active roster. Also, Alek Manoah appears to be heading to the Bereavement List while Tim Mayza returns from the 10-day Injured List.

#BlueJays’ likely roster moves today (not yet official)…
•Rafael Dolis will be DFA•Kevin Smith to be selected to the active roster•Alek Manoah to be placed on the Bereavement List•Tim Mayza to be activated from the 10-day IL
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) August 18, 2021

My immediate thought when word came out that Smith was coming up on Tuesday night was oh fuck, George Springer is going to the 60-day Injured List. As we learned earlier today, Springer is only dealing with a Grade 1 sprain, so that isn’t the case. Instead, it’s the end of the line for Dolis.
It’s an unfortunate end for a pitcher who was quite effective for the Blue Jays in 2020 and appeared to be a legitimate arm moving forward. Dolis tossed 24 innings for the team last season and put up a 1.50 ERA, though, …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

George Springer to the Injured List, “we’ll see” is the response when asked if he’ll return this season

Well, here’s the corresponding move that nobody was hoping for.

We learned earlier that Otto Lopez was being called up to the Blue Jays, which meant that either the team wanted another position player for the upcoming Nation League series or somebody was hurt. Since it’s the 2021 Blue Jays and this team is cursed, it was obviously the latter.
The Blue Jays announced on Tuesday that George Springer will be placed on the 10-day Injured List with a sprained left knee. This, of course, occurred on Saturday night in Seattle when Springer crashed into the centre field wall trying to track down a hit by Ty France.
We all saw how awful that play looked, so it really isn’t all too surprising that Springer is going to the IL, even though the team was trying to downplay the whole thing on Sunday. The shitty thing here is Charlie Montoyo’s answer when asked if we were going to see Springer again this season…

George Springer is going on the injured list with a sprained left knee per #BlueJays manager Charlie Montoyo.
Asked about timelines, Montoyo said he doesn’t know. “I wish I did,” he said, adding …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Rodney Hood’s poor play puts more pressure on Gary Trent Jr.

Toronto Raptors: Rodney Hood’s poor play puts more pressure on Gary Trent Jr.

The one big move that the Toronto Raptors made right before the trade deadline was trading Norman Powell away to the Portland Trail Blazers, a move that netted them Gary Trent Jr. and Rodney Hood in return. So far, the Raptors have to pretty pleased with Trent, who is likely going to become a member […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Leafs trade for Riley Nash for LTIR purposes, more shenanigans likely to ensue

Kyle Dubas has made his first move at the deadline.

TRADE: We’ve acquired forward Riley Nash from Columbus in exchange for a conditional seventh-round selection in 2022. #LeafsForever
Details » https://t.co/IMZ9IimxhL pic.twitter.com/vEFKLdGn4x
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 9, 2021

The Leafs announced that they had acquired Riley Nash from the Columbus Blue Jackets for a 7th round pick. Nash comes with a cap hit of $2.75 million and is a UFA at the end of the year.
Now, you may be wondering how Dubas will make the money work in order to make other moves at the deadline. That’s because the Blue Jackets just put Nash on LTIR due to a lower body injury, and he’ll be out for 4-6 weeks, meaning he’ll come back right around playoff time.
The Leafs also just announced Frederik Andersen was put on LTIR retroactive to when he stopped playing to make room for Nash, and then Nash will go on after Andersen is off. The LTIR moves also will give the Leafs some extra cap space going forward, although I’m not even going to try and do the math on that.
Of course, Nash is …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Should Raptors have held onto Terence Davis after hot start to Kings career?

Toronto Raptors: Should Raptors have held onto Terence Davis after hot start to Kings career?

While the Norman Powell move was obviously the highlight of the deadline for the Toronto Raptors, Masai Ujiri was able to recoup a few second-round picks by offloading Matt Thomas to the Utah Jazz and Terence Davis, a restricted free agent at the end of this season, to the Sacramento Kings. Davis was averaging 7.6 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

If the Leafs really want to sign a new goalie, Mike Condon is the best one left in free agency

When the Leafs made the move to place Aaron Dell on waivers, it pretty much marked the end of his short stint with the team that acquired him to be a solid third-string goaltender. With so many goalies already being claimed off waivers in this young season, it came as no surprise when the New Jersey Devils snagged him out of the Leafs’ hands.
As a result, Michael Hutchinson is now back to being the Leafs’ third-string goalie and will likely be on the taxi squad for the majority of the season. The next two players behind him on the depth chart are Joseph Woll and Ian Scott, who both need some developing in the AHL and are nowhere close to being ready for NHL action just yet.
This puts the team in a predicament that they were hoping to avoid and will now need to figure out their plans for how to build up the goalie depth again. They could wait on the Devils to waive one of Dell or Eric Comrie and claim them for free or they could sign the best netminder available in free agency. If the Leafs decide to go with the latter option, the …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

DJ LeMahieu has re-signed with the Yankees

In a move that always felt inevitable, the Yankees and DJ LeMahieu have agreed on a new contract worth $90 million over six years.

The two sides had been locked in a stalemate in which LeMahieu was seeking $100 million and the Yankees only wanted to go as high as $80 million, so meeting in the middle makes sense. The sixth year is ultimately just a way for the Yankees to make LeMahieu’s luxury tax cap hit $15 million rather than $20 million annually, because it’s based on the average salary of the deal.

Second baseman DJ LeMahieu and the New York Yankees are finalizing a six-year, $90M contract, sources familiar with the agreement tell ESPN.
LeMahieu’s return to New York always felt inevitable. It took a while. But he wanted to be there and Yankees get top free agent target.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 15, 2021

Though the Blue Jays had been linked to LeMahieu pretty much all off-season, it never really felt like he was a serious target. It seemed more like the Blue Jays (and a couple of other teams, like the Mets) were being used as bargaining chips for LeMahieu to get more cash from his ideal destination, which was …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Maple Leafs select Topi Niemela with the 64th overall pick

Through a well calculated move to trade down from the 44th pick, Kyle Dubas added an early third round pick which he used to select Finnish defenceman Topi Niemela. The right handed defender was ranked in the middle of the second round by most major scouting outlets, with some listing him at the back end of the first round. Niemela played 43 games for Karpat in Liiga last season, picking up one goal and six assists as a 17 year old blue liner in Finland’s top professional league.

Solid hit from Topi Niemela.. Hugo Styf was not styf enough.
*I still like Hugo Styf. He had a few very solid games when I was watching Wallinder. One of the youngest player in the draft too. Could be a decent late 3rd, 4th round pick. pic.twitter.com/jHxEBpH6gp
— Yannick St-Pierre (@DraftDynasty1) February 8, 2020

Niemela is an outstanding skater who plays a very mature defensive game for his age and makes smart plays with the puck on his stick. He has good edges, as well as top speed, allowing him to maintain tight gaps and attack opposing puck carriers. Niemela isn’t a flashy player but he does a great job of …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Is Victor Oladipo a realistic offseason target?

Oladipo is looking to move on from Indiana. With cap space and the Toronto Raptors being one piece away, does it make sense for Masai Ujiri to go after him? We know Masai Ujiri likes to gamble and we just witnessed the Toronto Raptors being one-shot creator away from beating the Celtics. And with Victor […]
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Author: Alexandro Fidanza / Raptors HQ