Toronto Raptors: Will Matt Thomas or Patrick McCaw earn final rotation spot?

The Toronto Raptors have an interesting logjam at shooting guard. In the battle between Patrick McCaw and Matt Thomas, who should receive more minutes? When Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green left this offseason, the Toronto Raptors rotation was blown to pieces. Over 61 minutes per game went out the door, as Masai Ujiri and company […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

What are reasonable goals for the Toronto Raptors three-point shooting next season?

The Toronto Raptors were one of the best three-point shooting teams in the NBA last season. With two key marksmen gone, what are reasonable goals for next year? By just about any metric, the Toronto Raptors were one of the better three-point shooting teams last season. They finished eighth in three-point field goals and sixth […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

What are the odds Fred VanVleet starts for the Toronto Raptors?

The Toronto Raptors have a decision to make at shooting guard. What are the odds that Fred VanVleet wins the starting job this season? With Danny Green moving onto pastures new in the form of the Los Angeles Lakers, there is a sizable hole in the Toronto Raptors starting lineup. The shooting guard position that […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Other teams want to help the Leafs, the only team that matters

Since shooting themselves in the foot with some recent contract signings, the Leafs have been held accountable and theorized as a team approaching the hell that is a cap crunch. But other teams around the NHL are coming to their need and helping them by acquiring some of those contracts.
The Leafs and its management team was facing some tough decisions this offseason — among many contract negotiations with Mitch Marner, Kasperi Kapanen and Andreas Johnsson, two not favourable contracts are sitting there taking up a sizeable portion of their cap.
The likely Hall-of-Famer Patrick Marleau has one year left on his three-year deal, holding a $6.25-million hit to his legendary name. On the other end of the legend spectrum, former European free agent acquisition Nikita Zaitsev has a total of five years left with a $4.5-million hit.
Knowing the current cap situation of the Leafs — around $8.5-million in space for next season — they will need to make some moves and they are already on-track to do so.

Since the league was made aware this morning of Zaitsev’s availability, there have been multiple inquiries but it remains to be seen how many teams expect TOR to retain salary or make …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Even if the Leafs wanted to trade Nylander (which they don’t), this summer would be the worst time (so they definitely won’t)

When you’re shooting the breeze about NHL player contracts and potential trades, a lot of times two pretty frustrating concepts get overlooked. One is the difference between RFA years and UFA years; People commonly try to compare a player’s contract when the salary is heavy on the former versus one exclusively buying up the latter. The other is the relatively simple philosophy of trying to buy low and sell high in player transactions, essentially factoring in inflated or unlucky shooting percentages and the like. These are common misunderstandings because, well, not everyone spends their time poring over CapFriendly for hours or digging up language from the NHL/PA collective bargaining agreement.
But even for casual hockey fans, you have to appreciate this stuff on some level to get a grasp on why the Leafs are not moving on from William Nylander later this summer. Just cut the bullshit already.
We don’t need to fully re-hash the whole Nylander contract situation from a few months back, but the short hand of it is that he settled on a deal worth $6.96-million AAV for six years (prorated in the first due to time missed). He then played 54 games, turning …

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Author: Ryan Fancey / The Leafs Nation

Just about everything went wrong, yet the Raptors still almost won Game 2

The Raptors’ rotations and three-point shooting were way off in Game 2, and it almost didn’t matter. It’s the return of everyone’s favourite post-loss, mood-lifting column: What Didn’t Suck!
These Raptors do not lose very often. And they’re good enough that their losses are rarely rotten to the core. This column is dedicated to fleshing out the good bits, and quelling the hysteria that tough results tend to incite within this battered and beaten fan base. With this team and the superstar it happens to employ, more often than not, it’s probably gonna be fine.
This is What Didn’t Suck for the Raptors’ 94-89 Game 2 loss to the Sixers.
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We begin today with some words to live by, spilled by Nick Nurse after practice Tuesday morning.
“I think any time, but maybe especially last night when you’re going through it or watching it it feels like, really awful right? Like the offense is out of rhythm and everything’s awful and a lot of those shots don’t go in. And it’s usually not as awful when you look back and stuff. I think you’re always trying to balance your improvement …

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Author: Sean Woodley / Raptors HQ

Raptors control Game 4 in Orlando, win 107-85

Kawhi Leonard scored 34, as a hot shooting night powered the Raptors to a 3-1 series lead. Towards the end of Game 1 last weekend, the Raptors were giving everyone a familiar knot in their stomach. Late-game execution left a lot to be desired, the team looked out of sorts, and a lower-seeded squad was stretching them to their limit. Common sense coming out of that game was that the Raptors would balance out quickly. After all, with the roster turnover of 2018-19 — and the addition of Kawhi (freaking) Leonard — there was no way history could repeat itself again, right?
If that was your leading thought coming out of the first game of this series, Game 4 was the realization of it — the demonstrative proof that the Raptors are better than the Magic. Throughout Sunday’s game, Toronto’s defence forced Orlando into unsustainable forms of offence. Despite some intermittent scares and an awesome performance from Aaron Gordon, it worked out. Led by 34 points from Leonard in an outstanding bounce back performance from a flu-ridden Game 3, the Raptors won Game 4 107-85 to take a 3-1 series lead home to Toronto.
Kawhi was more than his 34 points in Game 4 and showed what having a …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ