Raptors: Would Toronto be contenders with Andre Drummond?

Raptors: Would Toronto be contenders with Andre Drummond?

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a bit of a logjam at center, as the standout play of young rim-runner Jarrett Allen has made it difficult for JB Bickerstaff to find playing time for both Allen and Andre Drummond. While he came into this season as a potential trade target, rumors have really revved up in recent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors high-scoring win vs Cleveland Cavaliers

The Toronto Raptors breezed past the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. How did everyone grade in the win? Looking to make amends for the past week and to follow on from Saturday night’s victory against the Brooklyn Nets, the Toronto Raptors faced off against the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, who had fewer wins than the Raptors […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Is it time to take the leap?

Animosity towards the Cleveland Boys is at an all-time high right now. Given how turbulent Mark Shapiro and Ross Atkins’ relationship with the fanbase has been since their arrival back in late-2015, that’s really saying something.

Despite performances from the organization’s future core in Vlad Jr, Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, and Lourdes Gurriel, fans were pushed over the edge by this year’s fire sale at the trade deadline. Firing off Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman, the final major connections to the 2015 and 2016 runs, gave the impression that the Blue Jays are nowhere near even trying to be competitive.
Atkins preached the importance of those trades for helping to add to a massive pile of depth the organization has in the minor leagues. Unsurprisingly, fans didn’t echo Atkins’ glee over the advent of turning 12 years of control into 42 years of control.
On Thursday, Mark Shapiro made an hour-long availability to media in order to do some damage control and remind the fanbase of the front office’s long-term vision. There are plenty of breakdowns to read about what Shapiro said (here, here, here, and here), but the major thing to take away from this talk was around …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation