Raptors slapped with $250k fine

The NBA fined the Toronto Raptors $250,000 for violations of rules pertaining to the rest of players and reporting of injuries. At this juncture no specifics have been offered on what rested player(s) and reporting triggered the fine.

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Pascal Siakam fined $50K for verbal altercation with Nick Nurse

Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam is now fifty grand lighter in the wallet. Shortly after the team’s 116-105 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Siakam and Raptors head coach Nick Nurse got into a verbal exchange. In this back-and-forth, Siakam said some not-nice things according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium. As a result, the forward was fined $50,000. This is not the first disciplinary issue Siakam has had this season. He was benched for the team’s New Year’s Eve 100-83 win over the New York Knicks for disciplinary…

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Health and Safety protocols postponed Sunday’s Bulls/Raptors game

From the NBA: The National Basketball Association game scheduled for Sunday night between the Chicago Bulls and Toronto Raptors at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. has been postponed in accordance with the league’s Health and Safety Protocols. Because of positive test results and ongoing contact tracing within the Raptors, the team will not have the league-required eight available players to proceed with the scheduled game against the Bulls.

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Three members of the Raptors organisation tested positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 has found the Toronto Raptors. Three members of the organisation have tested positive for the virus. Here is a statement from the team regarding the matter: During the league-mandated testing period prior to training camp, three members of the Toronto Raptors organization tested positive for COVID-19. All three are, and will continue to, self-isolate away from the rest of the organization. Adherence to protocols, follow-up testing and contact tracing has so far revealed no spread to other members of the Raptors organization. We will continue to follow safety protocols,…

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Warriors and Raptors interested in Marc Gasol

The Warriors and the Raptors are both interested in the services of Marc Gasol, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It makes sense for the Raptors, as he helps mitigates the loss of Serge Ibaka , who agreed to a contract with the Clippers. For Golden State, Gasol’s unselfishness and passing ability would fit in quite well with the Warriors more egalitarian offensive system. At 35, the veteran big man still has some defensive abilities and if he actually looks at the basket and remembers he can score, he can provide…

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Fred Van Vleet agrees to 4 year , $85 million deal with Toront Raptors

From Tim Daniels of B/R: The Toronto Raptors and combo guard Fred VanVleet reached an agreement Saturday on a new contract. Brian Jungreis, VanVleet’s agent, told Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium the deal will be worth $85 million over four years with a player option for the final season. VanVleet steadily developed from a little-used reserve into an impact starter over the past four years with the Raptors. It was a growth process that included a key role off the bench during the team’s run to the 2018-19 NBAchampionship. The 26-year-old Wichita State product is…

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Raptors will tip-off 2020-21 season in Tampa

Team president Masai Ujiri says Toronto will play at least the start of 2020-21 outside of Canada. Rob Maaddi | The Associated Press The Toronto Raptors will start the NBA season next month in Tampa, Florida, because of travel restrictions the Canadian government has put in place stemming from the pandemic. The Raptors had been looking at other sites for several weeks, including Sunrise, Florida, the home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. But with NBA training camp less than two weeks away and a season starting on Dec. 22, the…

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Fred Van Vleet says of free agency: “I’m trying to get paid

from nba.com: Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet will be one of the most coveted players on the free agent market when negotiations begin on Nov. 20. And he knows it. When speaking recently on JJ Redick’s podcast  “The Old Man and the Three,” VanVleet asserted that he’s ready to cash in. “I’m trying to get paid, man,” he said. “I’m not shy about that. I don’t have to tell people that I value winning. Like, just look at my story, do your research, I’ve never been on a losing team in…

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Toronto Raptors unveil three jerseys for the 2020-21 season

From nba.com: The Toronto Raptors are looking to their past a bit as they prepare their uniform looks for the 2020-21 season. On Thursday, the team unveiled three of the five uniforms the Raptors will wear next season, all of which take some elements from the history of the franchise in their design.  “Uniforms do matter to players. Our team made the choice to wear the Earned jerseys during the 2019 Finals, for example,” Raptors President Masai Ujiri said in a statement. “We want to give our players — and…

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Toronto downs Nets 104-99 to go up 2-0

from nba.com: LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) Nick Nurse went small and the Toronto Raptors came up big.  The Raptors second-year coach used a small lineup that included Pascal Siakam at center to help finish off the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday and take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.  Fred VanVleet had 24 points and 10 assists, Norman Powell had a big game off the bench with 24 points and the defending NBA champion Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 104-99 in a game they trailed for more than…

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