Raptors should not be interested in Kristaps Porzingis after playoff struggles

Raptors should not be interested in Kristaps Porzingis after playoff struggles

The Toronto Raptors will likely be one of the more active teams in the 2021 NBA offseason, as plenty of disgruntled stars could be available via trade if the front office is aggressive enough. One name that has resurfaced of late after a rough playoff series is Dallas Mavericks power forward Kristaps Porzingis. Porzingis was […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Why Masai Ujiri should avoid a JJ Redick trade

Toronto Raptors: Why Masai Ujiri should avoid a JJ Redick trade

The Toronto Raptors will be active on the trade market if they start to slide out of the playoff picture, as Masai Ujiri and the newly-extended Bobby Webster will try to sell off some of their contributors. If the Raptors are still in the hunt for the postseason, expect Ujiri to be on the phones […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

A productive first day of free agency shouldn’t mark the end of the Leafs moves

Well, the Leafs were certainly active in free agency. Kyle Dubas managed to bring in fan favourite, Wayne Simmonds sharply at noon and followed up with a defensive upgrade later in the day by adding T.J. Brodie to the Leafs blueline. Two solid players that certainly provide an upgrade from Tyson Barrie and Kyle Clifford. Calling them mere replacements wouldn’t be fair, but neither would saying the Leafs are done because of these transactions.
To be fair, I don’t think Kyle Dubas would say that either. He’s very aware of the realities of his team. And aware of the salary cap. Carrying the bare minimum 20 man roster the Leafs would find themselves approximately $500k over the top of the cap ceiling and that’s before signing Ilya Mikheyev and Travis Dermott. The Leafs will likely need to shed around $4M to make room for these players, and a bit more to address the current overage and desire for a reserve player. This probably puts all of Johnsson, Kerfoot, Holl, Dermott, Mikheyev, and Andersen at risk for finding new homes in the coming weeks.

Dubas: “Brandon [Pridham] has carved out a number of ways that we can …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Did the Tyson Barrie experiment fail?

Last summer was one of the most active off-seasons in a while for the Toronto Maple Leafs and Kyle Dubas.
The first major move on July 1st was sending Connor Brown, Nikita Zaitsev and Michael Carcone to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Cody Ceci, Ben Harpur, Aaron Luchuk and a 2020 third-round pick. Some may have thought that would be the only big move that Dubas would make.
But just under 12 hours later, he would trade Nazem Kadri, Calle Rosen and a 2020 third-round pick to the Colorado Avalanche for Tyson Barrie, Alexander Kerfoot and a 2020 sixth-round pick.
It was a move that fans thought would shift the organization forward, but to some, it has now set the Maple Leafs a few steps back.
In Toronto, Barrie didn’t have the best season — but it wasn’t as poor as some suggest. Obviously, everyone is now comparing it to Kadri’s blowout playoff tenure, where he has 11 points in eight games with the Avalanche. Yet with the Maple Leafs, Barrie did his best before they were eliminated by the Columbus Blue Jackets two weeks ago.
The hardest part for 29-year-old was in the beginning of the season, …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

How to choose the best Sports Watches?

Are you more active than usual lately? Do you feel the adrenaline in your body? They are the signs of good routine, play sports and keep fit. Well, to get to the next level, your best ally is to have a “Sports Watch” that shows you in detail the statistics of your daily activity.
We are in an era where keeping fit is the order of the day. A good diet and sports is the basis of a healthy life. And we all know that practicing sport requires perseverance and dedication. To keep track of how much we have run or how many keystrokes we have at a given time, there are sports watches or smartwatches that will make this task quite easy.
If you are one of those who are starting to play sports or are already a born athlete, you have to buy a watch for sports with GPS.
But stop! Before choosing a sports watch, I’m going to explain some things you should keep in mind when buying a smartwatch. 
Smartwatch and activity wristbands show you an estimate of daily activity (calorie consumption, steps, distance traveled) even some more advanced models can monitor sleep. While GPS …

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Author: oilersnationstaff / The Leafs Nation

Leafs trade Borgman to St. Louis for Jordan Schmaltz

The Leafs appear to be pretty active these days, as they’ve made another move in acquiring Jordan Schmaltz from the St. Louis Blues for Andreas Borgman.

#Leafs have traded Andreas Borgman to St. Louis for right-shot defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
A former first round pick by St. Louis is 2012, Schmaltz played in 20 regular season games for the Blues last season, posting two assists.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) July 25, 2019

Should we get excited over this?
Well, Schmaltz is a right handed shot as apposed to Borgman’s left handed shot, so that’s one thing. But let’s take a deeper dive than that.
Schmaltz has only played 42 games up to this point, with just five assists. He’s also a year older than Borgman. As for his underlying numbers, Schmaltz has a 46.63% 5v5 CF%, compared to Borgman’s 50.61% in his time with the team last year, and a 47.18% 5v5 xGF%, compared to Borgman’s 50.48%.

As for their microstats, Borgman is a lot more consistent to say the least (although Schmaltz has a very small sample size here). Both played in more sheltered minutes, which again, speaks more to Borgman’s play than Schmaltz.
His most common partner was Jay Bouwmeester, …

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Author: Scott Maxwell / The Leafs Nation

Should the Toronto Raptors give Jeremy Lin a proper send-off?

Jeremy Lin remains an active free agent but is not generating much buzz. Yet, the Toronto Raptors should consider re-signing Lin and give him the send-off that he deserves. When the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in six games back in June, many players had finally earned the permanent prefix “NBA Champion” across […]
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Author: Andrew Hughes / Raptors HQ