Raptors: Remembering when Kawhi Leonard became the “Fun Guy”

Raptors: Remembering when Kawhi Leonard became the “Fun Guy”

The Toronto Raptors made the most important and impactful trade in franchise history a little over three years ago today, as they acquired disgruntled superstar Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs despite the fact that Leonard only had one year left on his deal and had his eyes set on Los Angeles. Even with […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: What does Reggie Perry bring to the squad?

Toronto Raptors: What does Reggie Perry bring to the squad?

While the Toronto Raptors made some tough roster decisions this offseason, their Atlantic rivals in the Brooklyn Nets were doing the exact same. While Reggie Perry was picked late in the second round of the 2020 NBA Draft, Brooklyn already decided that he wasn’t a fit and cut him loose. Perry was a double-double machine […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: 3 most untradeable players on the current roster

Toronto Raptors: 3 most untradeable players on the current roster

The Toronto Raptors made some big subtractions from the equation in preparation for the 2021 season, as the loss of Kyle Lowry and a handful of bench contributors may take some time to overcome. All of this turmoil has some speculating that Toronto will spend another season down in the dumps of the East. While […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Bringing back the Toronto Huskies jerseys for 2021 are a must

Raptors: Bringing back the Toronto Huskies jerseys for 2021 are a must

Five decades before the Toronto Raptors made their NBA debut, the Toronto Huskies made their debut in the Basketball Association of America (BAA). While they lasted just one season, the Huskies remain a landmark achievement and milestone in the history of Canadian sports. Before a 1948 merger between the BAA and National Basketball League (NBL) […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

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

Morgan Rielly’s contract remains at the top of the Leafs to-do list

Morgan Rielly’s contract remains at the top of the Leafs to-do list

We’ve made it through August. Finally. The darkest month for hockey content is over and by next week we’ll have prospect camps, the following week we’ll be treated to rookie tournaments, and soon training camps will open. NHL hockey is slowly returning.
While the return of hockey and things hockey related to talk about is more than welcome, it does begin to attach a bit of a sense of urgency to some of the things left for the Leafs to address, and right at the top of the list has to be dealing with the contract for Morgan Rielly.
One of the things that has been an ongoing area that Kyle Dubas needs to improve in is addressing the amount of talent that has walked out the door in free agency with no returning asset for the Leafs beyond having a bit more cap space to work with in the offseason.
Kyle Dubas became the GM of the Leafs in May of 2018. That first offseason is a bit more forgivable as it would have been Lou Lamoriello failing to extend James van Riemsdyk and Tyler Bozak, but nevertheless it was on Dubas’ watch that JVR and Bozak …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: Top 10 rookie seasons in franchise history

Toronto Raptors: Top 10 rookie seasons in franchise history

The Toronto Raptors made their highest draft pick in over a decade in the 2021 NBA Draft, choosing to add Florida State standout Scottie Barnes with the No. 4 overall selection. The Raptors have had some big names come through Toronto despite the fact they haven’t been around for a very long time as a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs select winger Matthew Knies with the 57th overall pick in the NHL Draft

The Maple Leafs made their first pick of the 2021 NHL Draft on day two, selecting winger Matthew Knies out of the USHL with the 57th overall pick. Knies was quite productive at the USHL level in 2020-21, registering 17 goals and 25 assists in 44 games with Tri-City. He is committed to the University of Minnesota for the 2021-22 season.

Welcome to Toronto, Matthew#NHLDraft | #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/bCCAlmGwBl
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 24, 2021

The big-bodied forward plays a refined game, hunting pucks on the forecheck and displaying strong puck protection skills along the boards. Knies is a fine skater for his size and he plays a high-energy game, generating second chance opportunities through tireless effort but lacks the high-end puck skills to execute in tight spaces. Knies excels in the chip and chase game, combining well-placed dump-ins with a relentless motor to wreak havoc on opposing defenders. He will chip in with a bit of offense at the next level but the strength of his game will be his ability to disrupt play and retrieve pucks while creating space for his linemates.
The Leafs are set to watch Zach Hyman walk out the door in free agency, and though he is …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

George Springer will apparently play centre field and bat fifth tonight against the Marlins

Though the team hasn’t made an announcement yet, it appears as though George Springer will be activated from the 10-day Injured List today.

According to Hazel Mae, he’ll play centre field and bat fifth in the lineup…

#BlueJays George Springer will bat 5th in tonight’s lineup vs #Marlins and play centerfield in his return from the IL (quad).
— Hazel Mae (@thehazelmae) June 22, 2021

Springer, as we know, suffered a quad injury during spring training and didn’t make his Blue Jays debut until late in April. He then played in a few games and re-aggravated the injury and has been on the IL since.
The difference this time around is that Springer took part in a rehab assignment with the Triple-A Thunder-Bisons. He played five games in Triple-A, spending a good chunk of his time in centre field, and went 3-for-17 at the plate.

George Springer said via Zoom he’s “extremely excited” to produce on the field for #BlueJays. Said it was “brutal” to be sidelined for six weeks but he’s feeling far better physically now. When he first returned, he felt good. “This time I feel great.”
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) June 22, 2021

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Toronto Raptors favorites to sign former Baylor starter Ishmail Wainright

Toronto Raptors favorites to sign former Baylor starter Ishmail Wainright

The Toronto Raptors made one of the more underrated acquisitions of the second half of the season when they turned Freddie Gillespie from a 10-day contract unknown into a viable backup big man for next year. The Raptors apparently like Baylor so much that they are going after another former Bear in Ishmail Wainright. Wainright […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ