3 Toronto Raptors trade targets from the 2019 NBA Draft

3 Toronto Raptors trade targets from the 2019 NBA Draft

The Toronto Raptors may look to improve this team at the trade deadline, but they likely won’t make a move unless they can bring on a player that adds value to this team beyond the current 23-23 season. They would be better off rolling the dice on a young player instead of adding a veteran […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors should be interested in trade for Bulls’ Coby White

Raptors should be interested in trade for Bulls’ Coby White

The Toronto Raptors have been fighting and clawing to get to 23-23 this season with the worst bench in the league and a major hole behind Fred VanVleet at the point guard spot.  A trade might be in order if they want to fix that, and Chicago Bulls standout Coby White could be an excellent […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Nick Robertson returns to Marlies practice for the first time since suffering injury in October

The Toronto Marlies welcomed back one of their most important players to practice on Thursday.
Three months after suffering a non-displaced right fibula fracture, Nick Robertson stepped onto the Coca-Cola Coliseum ice. The 20-year-old suffered the injury back in October, just two games into his second AHL season.
On Thursday, he joined the Marlies practice in a red non-contact jersey.

Nick Robertson is on the ice at #Marlies practice today. pic.twitter.com/2eHAxbvouT
— Nick Barden (@nickbarden) January 27, 2022

Robertson participated in almost every drill that had limited contact. But more importantly, the 20-year-old was the final player off the ice during Thursday’s practice.
That’s no surprise.
The Marlies had some of the Maple Leafs development staff out with them once practice came to an end. Robertson spent most of his time after practice tipping pucks and then working on his conditioning.
There’s no word as of yet regarding when he’s scheduled to return to the Marlies lineup, but him returning to practice is a very good sign.
“It feels really good,” said Marlies head coach Greg Moore after being asked how it feels to have Robertson back practicing. “He’s such an awesome person… The little things he’s done during this time to try and level himself up during his time off has been really impressive. So, it’s good to see him out with the guys again, and be a part of the group. He’s a special player and we’re excited for when his return would be.”
The little things are what’s key to be able to return to the lineup and make a difference.
We saw that most recently with Alex Steeves, who worked on a lot of little things ahead of his return to the Marlies lineup. He came out on fire, scoring six points in his first four AHL games.
But what were the little things that Robe …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Raptors mock draft has Toronto taking G League standout

Raptors mock draft has Toronto taking G League standout

The Toronto Raptors mock draft predictors are going to have a field day figuring out what Masai Ujiri is going to do with his top pick. With the bench in disarray, choosing to add an injection of youth and potential at any position would be a welcome relief for this Toronto side. The Raptors may […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors rumors: Toronto connected to Daniel Theis once again

Raptors rumors: Toronto connected to Daniel Theis once again

The Toronto Raptors rumors are flying around at breakneck speed lately, as Masai Ujiri needs to figure out a way to make sure they have enough frontcourt depth. One potential avenue worth exploring is a trade for Houston Rockets center Daniel Theis. Though Theis signed a four-year, $35 million contract with Houston in the offseason, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

‘I personally feel the most comfortable I’ve felt in an NHL locker room’: Simmonds has the Maple Leafs’ back, and they have his

Wayne Simmonds has been through a lot in his NHL career, but in Toronto, he’s as comfortable as ever.
Entering an NHL locker room is never easy. Coming in as a brand new player, you want to fit in with as many players as possible.
You don’t want to rock the boat.
On Monday, though, we witnessed how tight-knit this Maple Leafs group really is.
After the recent racist events that transpired in the last week to both Boko Imama and Jordan Subban, Maple Leafs captain, John Tavares addressed it after practice on Monday.
“Before I take any questions, I just want to say a few things just on the few racial incidents that have happened in our game over the last little while,” said Tavares before any reporter asked a question. “I think it’s really important to acknowledge the I think the recognition steps that have been taken over the last little while to improve eliminating racism in our game.
“But obviously, we have a lot of work to do with learning and discussion and understanding and how we can continue to apply that and make a difference. Just continue to make our game better and that much more inclusive, so I just thought it was important to acknowledge that today — somethin …

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

1 stud and 1 dud from Raptors intense loss against Bulls

1 stud and 1 dud from Raptors intense loss against Bulls

Gary Trent Jr. and the Toronto Raptors may have welcomed Scottie Barnes back into the fold against old friend DeMar DeRozan and the Chicago Bulls, but they still had to match up with one of the best teams in the East without Fred VanVleet. Would the likes of Precious Achiuwa and Chris Boucher help pick […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Pascal Siakam at point guard should be here to stay for the Raptors

Pascal Siakam at point guard should be here to stay for the Raptors

Necessity is the mother of invention, and the Toronto Raptors proved that old axiom to be true when they started Pascal Siakam at point guard in a win against the Charlotte Hornets. With Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes both sitting out, Nick Nurse needed to get creative. While Siakam might not fit the physical mold […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

If Blue Jays trade Alejandro Kirk, targeting experienced catcher may prove beneficial

Amid another crucial off-season, the Toronto Blue Jays remain extremely deep at the catcher position and whenever this current lockout concludes, the front office could utilize some of that capital to address other glaring needs.
As currently constructed, four catchers (Danny Jansen, Reese McGuire, Alejandro Kirk, Gabriel Moreno) are featured on the Blue Jays’ 40-man roster. Since Moreno is projected to be a future star, it’ll be very important to make sure he’s provided with a clear path to the majors.
But as of now, that doesn’t quite exist inside this organization. In an effort to prevent any logjam from being created, management will likely need to subtract at least one – if not more – of Jansen, McGuire or Kirk in the near future.
Before the transaction freeze commenced, there was plenty of speculation about Toronto utilizing Kirk as a trade chip to acquire either starting pitching or an all-star infielder. Initially, it was believed that the Miami Marlins could serve as a solid trading partner, however, they ended up landing Jacob Stallings from the Pittsburgh Pirates – putting an end to any possible trade discussions.
While the Marlins are no longer in the market for a catcher, there are still a handful of teams that could meet that descri …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Bulls Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 26

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Bulls Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 26

While the Toronto Raptors went into a Tuesday showcase against the Hornets without the services of Scottie Barnes or Fred VanVleet, they were able to get back over .500 with an impressive win that featured a 76-point first half. The latest Raptors odds don’t think they’ll recapture that magic on the second half of a […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ