Raptors: Toronto confident Goran Dragic trade interest will grow

Raptors: Toronto confident Goran Dragic trade interest will grow

The same trade that sent Toronto Raptors legend Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat also helped Masai Ujiri bring Goran Dragic to Canada. While he is a little long in the tooth and carrying an unsightly salary for his age, he is still a quality scorer and facilitator in this league, and that could be […]
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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 says trade rumors and negativity bothered him

Raptors: Pascal Siakam says trade rumors and negativity bothered him

The Toronto Raptors were bombarded with trade rumors surrounding power forward Pascal Siakam, as teams around the league were trying to get one of the best players at his position in the league for pennies on the dollar after the selection of Scottie Barnes in the 2021 NBA Draft. While the Raptors still view Siakam […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: 3 best assets Mavericks could give up in Goran Dragic trade

Raptors: 3 best assets Mavericks could give up in Goran Dragic trade

The idea of a Goran Dragic trade has been circling around the Toronto Raptors from the very second he arrived in town, as given his desire to win a championship and the fact that Masai Ujiri might not be gunning for the Larry O’Brien Trophy this year, a trade might be the best scenario for […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Masai Ujiri recounts emotional reunion with Precious Achiuwa

Raptors: Masai Ujiri recounts emotional reunion with Precious Achiuwa

In the same trade that sent Toronto Raptors franchise icon Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat, Masai Ujiri was able to potentially recoup a starting center for the future in former first-round selection Precious Achiuwa, who the Raptors were reportedly high on in the draft. Achiuwa has had a miraculous rise throughout the basketball ranks, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Trade Deadline Wrap-Up

Trade Deadline day is almost always one of the most disappointing days of the year. Whether you’re disappointed because of the players that went out, or with the players who came in, or the moves that could have been made and weren’t, there’s something for everyone today.
Let’s have a look at what went down in the Blue Jays world on the 2021 trade deadline.
To Oakland: Starling Marte
To Miami: Jesus Luzardo
Impact on The Blue Jays: Oakland is currently the team Toronto is chasing in the second Wild Card spot, and Marte is a bonafide star outfielder both at the plate and in the field. The Blue Jays were likely not in on Marte, with such a loaded outfield and the acquisition cost would have been too high for them if they were. Jesus Luzardo has struggled at the major league level, but he’s no doubt a promising young piece comparable to Nate Pearson from The Blue Jays who has also had his own trials and tribulations at the Major League level.
To New York: Joey Gallo, John King
To Texas: Everson Pereira, Trevor Hauver, Josh Smith, Ezequiel Duran, Randy Vazquez, Glenn Otto
Impact …

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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

Deadline Primer: The Bullpen

Oh how we love to get our hopes up, it’s a Trade Deadline tradition, after all. However, heading into the 2021 Trade Deadline, things feel a little bit different. The Blue Jays boast one of the game’s most feared lineups to go along with one of the game’s deepest farm systems. It’s the perfect recipe for a little trade deadline drama.

The biggest hole for this club since the very beginning of the season has been in the bullpen, and although Adam Cimber and Trevor Richards have done well to come in and bolster, it’s very to say that GM Ross Atkins will be on the hunt for at least one more reliever. In 2020, The Jays were in a similar situation, as they approached the expanded playoff with minimal concern for falling out. They went out and acquired starting pitching depth in Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray and Ross Stripling and used them to lengthen the bullpen. I would suspect another bulk reliever to be added to fold sooner than later to upgrade over Anthony Kay as the first man out and push relievers like the aforementioned Cimber and Richards back down towards the back end.
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Author: DeuceDoucette / Blue Jays Nation

Who Are The Untouchable Prospects?

As the trade deadline looms large, the Toronto Blue Jays are on the cusp of a wildcard position with a fleeting chance of winning the AL East. This means that the Jays will be looking to add MLB players to their roster and as they have a surplus of prospects, so much so that Fangraphs ranks them second in the best farm systems. So with this article, I’ll give you my list of untouchables and the higher prospects who could be on the move.

A small disclaimer here, I actually don’t believe any of the Jays top prospects will be traded this deadline. If we’ve learned anything, they’ve made deals that usually surprise us, like the Liriano trade back in 2016. I could be wrong, but I think at most they trade only one top prospect.
The Untouchables
There is a difference between prospect hugging and holding onto players that have the potential to be all-stars, if not superstars. Prospect hugging means that you hold on to most of your prospects instead of trying to make your team better for the time being. There are a few prospects in the Jays’ system that could be the next …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

When will Joey Anderson be in the Maple Leafs lineup?

Joey Anderson, the player who was acquired in a trade with the New Jersey Devils. I’m sure you remember it.
Not many people know much about Anderson though, or what he could provide to the Maple Leafs’ organization. Today, I have everything from what type of player he is, to when he could be in the Leafs lineup full-time.
I hope you enjoy the video!

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs spent a lot to get Nick Foligno, so they should try and keep him

The 2021 trade deadline is going to be remembered in many ways for Leafs fans. It was a time where they pushed their chips to the centre of the table and tried to go all-in on a team that was on track to win their division. They used that opportunity to fine-tune the edges and bring in enough depth to help prepare for what should have been a lengthy playoff run.
And it will best be remembered for a blockbuster move they did and did not make.
Toronto’s big slash at the deadline was acquiring former Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno for a hefty price that included a first-round pick being shipped off to Columbus. Not even a few hours after this trade went down, the biggest prize available went to Boston as the Bruins snagged up Taylor Hall for a roster player and a second-round pick.
At the time of the trade, I was critical of the decision to go with Foligno instead of Hall because the best course of action was to provide as much offensive depth as possible and there aren’t many opportunities to acquire a former Hart Trophy winner at a reduced price (because the …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation