Raptors: Goran Dragic hypes up Precious Achiuwa breakout with revealing quote

Raptors: Goran Dragic hypes up Precious Achiuwa breakout with revealing quote

The Toronto Raptors parted ways with Kyle Lowry in the offseason, but their deal with the Miami Heat allowed them to recoup an experienced veteran guard in Goran Dragic and a promising young big man in Precious Achiuwa. The Nigerian international center proved to be one of the stars of the preseason. Achiuwa was third […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pascal Siakam falls, Fred VanVleet rises in Top 100 ranking

Raptors: Pascal Siakam falls, Fred VanVleet rises in Top 100 ranking

With Kyle Lowry now plying his trade for the Miami Heat, the Toronto Raptors will lean on the services of Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet to guide them in what could be a very unusual transition period. Playing in Toronto has helped make this pair one of the more underrated star duos in the game. […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Pascal Siakam must earn the title of “the guy” this season

Raptors: Pascal Siakam must earn the title of “the guy” this season

The Toronto Raptors are not only transitioning out of the Kyle Lowry era, but they may be transitioning into the age of Pascal Siakam. Their leading scorer from last year is tied to Toronto thanks to a hefty max contract that will pay him nine figures in the next few years, as the Raptors will […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Mikheyev wants out and for some reason the Leafs aren’t on board

Kyle Dubas believes in this group, even the players that don’t have any interest in being part of the group anymore.
Earlier this evening Elliotte Friedman came out of hibernation and gave us a few insider tidbits, including this nugget about Ilya Mikheyev:
According to several sources, Toronto winger Ilya Mikheyev asked for a trade following the 2020-21 season. But, what is important to the story is that the Maple Leafs made it clear they do not want to accommodate this request. With Zach Hyman and Joe Thornton gone from the left wing, the organization told Mikheyev it considers him a key part of their team and are counting on him to have a big year.
This issue from Mikheyev’s point of view is ice time, and that’s kind of a bizarre stance to take when he struggled to produce offensively last season. His opportunities to produce were somewhat limited as he was tethered players like Alexander Kerfoot and Pierre Engvall, who like himself aren’t likely to generate offence without a proper catalyst. And while Friedman cites Hyman (who should have always been ahead of Mikheyev in the lineup), and Thornton (who Mikheyev should rightly be …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kyle Lowry discusses Kawhi Leonard’s reputation in Toronto

Raptors: Kyle Lowry discusses Kawhi Leonard’s reputation in Toronto

Very rarely do star players as complimentary as Kyle Lowry and Kawhi Leonard get to play with one another, but the Toronto Raptors made that situation a reality when they pulled off that famous earth-shattering trade. It’s safe to say that their one year together worked out for the best. Before Leonard bolted for the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Betting on Kerfoot is likely the best option for the Leafs

When Kyle Dubas said he believes in the Leafs roster, we should probably take him at his word. The fact that Kyle Dubas traded for Jared McCann in hopes that he’d either be the replacement for Kerfoot or (what actually happened) that he’d be the bait in order to keep Alexander Kerfoot probably proves that he wants to give it another go with this group.
As someone who has spent the better part of the last two years trying to trade Alex Kerfoot, I’ve now moved past denial and reached acceptance that Kerfoot will be a Leaf next season. It’s September. The Leafs are essentially capped out, and unless one of the GM’s around the league is a secret admirer of Kerfoot, there’s no reason to believe that Alex is going to be on the move. There would have been several points over the past couple of months where a deal would have made sense, but at this point unless Toronto has been sitting on a true hockey trade all summer, it seems that he’ll play.
The first couple of paragraphs so far probably have the tone of Kerfoot being a bad player, …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry thanks Toronto, reveals goals with Miami

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry thanks Toronto, reveals goals with Miami

Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry made the difficult decision to leave the franchise that helped make him a star, departing Canada after nine seasons in order to team up with close friend Jimmy Butler and help the Miami Heat contend for what could be his second championship ring. On paper, Lowry’s move makes a ton […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Projecting a successful 2021-22 stat line for Fred VanVleet

Raptors: Projecting a successful 2021-22 stat line for Fred VanVleet

The Toronto Raptors may have had to say goodbye to Kyle Lowry after nine seasons, but they aren’t exactly deficient at the point guard position as a result of this move, as Fred VanVleet appears to be more than ready to take over the scoring load following No. 7’s departure. VanVleet averaged 19.6 points and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam trade rumors squashed by agent

Toronto Raptors: Pascal Siakam trade rumors squashed by agent

The Toronto Raptors are entering a new era of basketball now that the Kyle Lowry departure is official, and they will assuredly be leaning on the services of Pascal Siakam to give the team stability and quality in this uncertain period. Despite that fact, plenty of teams were supposedly trying to pilfer him away from […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Toronto should insist on Moses Brown in Goran Dragic trade

Raptors: Toronto should insist on Moses Brown in Goran Dragic trade

The Toronto Raptors acquired Goran Dragic in the Kyle Lowry swap, but he hasn’t done much to endear himself to the fanbase since his arrival. A swap to the Dallas Mavericks that brings back players like Dwight Powell and Moses Brown makes a ton of sense for all parties, but it hasn’t quite materialized just […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ