Toronto Raptors: Raptors sign Aron Baynes and Chris Boucher to contracts

Toronto Raptors: Raptors sign Aron Baynes and Chris Boucher to contracts

The Toronto Raptors were faced with a tough decision to make with some of their free agents and who they would bring back and who they would let walk. The Toronto Raptors entered free agency with three big free agents of their own that they needed to take care of. Fast forward into the free agency period […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Cleveland is apparently seeking three MLB (or close to debuting) players for Francisco Lindor

Even when times are tough, Francisco Lindor speculation keeps the content wheel turning.

Everybody knows at this point that Cleveland is going to trade Lindor. They don’t want to pay him the ~$300 million it’ll take to keep him around long-term and they don’t even want to pay him the ~$20 million salary he’s going to command for the 2021 season.
The Blue Jays are expected to be one of the teams in on Lindor this winter. There’s an obvious connection there because Lindor was drafted back when Mark Shapiro was with the organization so he’s a player that Toronto’s President and CEO knows well.
On Wednesday, Jon Morosi listed the Blue Jays as one of the five teams who are believed to be the strongest candidates to land Lindor. He lists the Blue Jays, Mets (who are looking to make a big splash under new owner Steve Cohen), Yankees, Phillies, and Cardinals.
We’ve heard a million times that the Blue Jays are probably going to try to acquire Lindor so this isn’t really anything new. But Morosi provides an interesting nugget later on in his article that sheds some light on what a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Norman Powell has returned in time for Toronto Raptors’ tough road trip

With the Toronto Raptors set to embark on a tough five-game road trip out west, Norman Powell has returned to the lineup at the perfect time. While the Toronto Raptors have been performing incredibly well this season, they could always improve. They sit with the third-best record in the NBA and the second-best record in […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

Grades from a Toronto Raptors overtime loss to the Indiana Pacers

After a tough game that ended with the Indiana Pacers forcing overtime, the Toronto Raptors fall just short of adding another win on the season. How did everyone grade? Both the Toronto Raptors and Indiana Pacers were on the second half of back-to-back games. The Raptors were hoping to keep the flame going from their […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ

Grades from Toronto Raptors loss against a feisty Dallas Mavericks

The Toronto Raptors battled a tough game against the Dallas Mavericks. How did everyone grade in the loss? Last night’s game was yet another undermanned performance to show Toronto Raptors fans how deep the team is and what we might be able to expect from players throughout the season. Coach Nick Nurse relied heavily on […]
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Author: Lee Tanner / Raptors HQ

With Hyman out, who should start the season next to Tavares?

The Leafs will be in tough to begin the season. Two of their primary depth players, Zach Hyman and Travis Dermott, will be out for a period of time when they start a crucial year after a disappointing end to the previous one.
Dermott will have his spot taken by a player previously not on the Leafs — be it Kevin Gravel or Ben Harpur — for the early part of the season. But with Hyman’s absence, there is a massive opportunity for a player to take on more responsibility and shine next to an elite centre like John Tavares.
Last year it was Kasperi Kapanen that took advantage of William Nylander’s contract negotiations and was highlighted next to Auston Matthews, earning his first 20-goal season in the NHL.
That eventually led to Kapanen having more of a role later in the season when Nylander returned, instead of returning to his fourth-line role from the 2017-18 campaign. His surge in importance grew his reputation and gave more of a spotlight on the rest of his season.
Whoever the Hyman replacement will be, might have more of an opportunity to raise the general awareness of their play and abilities. It’s …

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Author: Thomas Williams / The Leafs Nation

Nate Pearson’s Double-A debut went really well

The Blue Jays have been tough to watch as of late as the team has casually been dominated by the likes of the Angels, Rangers, and Twins over the past week, so I wouldn’t blame you if you’ve checked out a little bit. The good news is that there’s some positive Large Adult Son content to focus on.
The road to Double-A was a long and winding one for Nate Pearson. He had a delayed start to the 2018 season due to back tightness, and then when he finally did make his debut with High-A Dunedin, he took a liner off of his arm that would ultimately end his season. Exactly one year to the day that Pearson fractured his right ulna, he made his Double-A debut.
The former first-round pick allowed just two hits and struck out eight over five scoreless innings. He came into the game with a 0.86 ERA, 0.62 WHIP and 0.139 opponents’ batting average over six starts in Dunedin, so he now owns a very nice 0.69 ERA for the season across both levels.
Here are all eight of his strikeouts, in which he made the Portland Sea Dogs, aka the Baby Red Sox, look like a …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors overcome the Magic in Game 3, 98-93

Through a loose whistle and a tough night for Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors found a way to win and take back home court advantage in their first round series. One thing we’ve learned about the Toronto Raptors is that they’re a good team that can win in multiple ways. Still, the first road playoff game in any series is going to be a test of finding ways to win — whether it’s through an energized crowd or against a team with a renewed sense of belief. It provides the test of how plans “B” through “D” work for any good team.
If tonight is any indication, the Raptors should be just fine. Despite a loose whistle and a difficult night for Kawhi Leonard and the bench, Toronto won Game 3 98-93, taking a 2-1 series lead and wrestling back home court advantage from the Orlando Magic.
Making a game about officiating feels like a losing proposition, since favour always makes its way back to you, but the Tony Brothers-led crew is definitely the first talking point from tonight. Both sides felt jilted, as “ref you suck” chants rained in Amway Center and both Leonard and Kyle Lowry had an …

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Author: John Gaudes / Raptors HQ