Raptors could bring Shaedon Sharpe home after latest draft buzz

Raptors could bring Shaedon Sharpe home after latest draft buzz

The Toronto Raptors have made it very clear that they are prioritizing development and willing to lean on their young players this season. The 2022 NBA Draft could be a pivotal moment in the history of the franchise, as they could add a player with the long-term potential of Shaedon Sharpe. Sharpe reclassified to the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 17

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Heat Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 17

The Toronto Raptors manage to rebound from a very difficult loss against the Pistons by surprising the defending champion Bucks on the road. The latest Raptors odds don’t seem to think they will carry that momentum into their next game, however, as they are scheduled to fall in defeat against another East contender. The squad […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Lockout update! Digging into MLB’s first proposal, why the Players’ Association declined, and what’s next

It isn’t much, but, at the very least, we have something to talk about.

On Thursday, Major League Baseball presented its first labour-related proposal to the Players’ Association since the beginning of the lockout, ending what had been a 43-day stalemate.
Unfortunately (and, well, unsurprisingly) it was a very one-sided offer, one that Jeff Passan of ESPN said “did little to encourage the players and heightened the likelihood of spring training being postponed.” The meeting, which reportedly took place over the span of one hour, consisted of MLB presenting its proposal and the players agreeing to present an official counter-proposal at an unspecified time in the future.
Here’s a quick run-down of what the league presented in its offer…
A lottery for the top pick in the draft. The worst three teams are in the lottery and the winner gets the top draft pick. Also, to address tanking, teams wouldn’t be allowed in the lottery for three consecutive years. The PA has also been in favour of a lottery, but they want it expanded to eight teams to further dissuade tanking.
A draft for international players. This would scrap the current system that features an international free-agent signing window and a bonus pool system in which teams can only offer international players a certain amount of money.
An expanded post-season bracket. MLB wants to expand the playoffs to involve 14 teams, a significant jump from the current 10-team format. The players have said they’re will …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

Constructing the perfect Toronto Raptors trade deadline in 2022

Constructing the perfect Toronto Raptors trade deadline in 2022

The Toronto Raptors are poised for a very active, productive trade deadline. With a recent winning streak putting them firmly in the postseason hunt, Masai Ujiri could look to potentially make some trades to fortify the roster. Players like Goran Dragic and Chris Boucher could be on the move. The Raptors are back in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

2 studs and 1 dud from physical Raptors loss against Suns

2 studs and 1 dud from physical Raptors loss against Suns

Pascal Siakam and the Toronto Raptors had a very daunting task ahead of them in their duel against Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. With Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr. not able to suit up in this one, role players like Yuta Watanabe and Chris Boucher had to answer the call without them. This […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews named NHL’s first star of December 2021

In a month where it felt like very little hockey was played by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Auston Matthews was still able to shine.
Earlier today, the 24-year-old was named the NHL’s first star of December 2021.

Beyond the ordinary @AM34 | #LeafsForever pic.twitter.com/RiTzdJewxb
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) January 2, 2022

In seven games during December, Matthews scored ten goals and added four assists for 14 points. Before Saturday night’s game, the 24-year-old was on a ten-game point streak, which saw him score 13 goals in that span.
“He’s in some pretty elite company in terms of his ability to score,” said Sheldon Keefe after the Maple Leafs’ 5-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers on December 14th. “He’s going to score lots through his career. [Matthews] scores in different ways as we’ve talked about a number of times through the season.”
The 24-year-old currently finds himself five goals back of Leon Draisaitl’s league lead of 25 goals.
It’s mind-blowing that the Matthews finds himself as the NHL’s first star of December, when the Maple Leafs’ last game of the month was on the 14th.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

How can the Raptors re-sign DJ Wilson after 10-day expiration?

How can the Raptors re-sign DJ Wilson after 10-day expiration?

Very rarely has a Toronto Raptors united the fanbase after just two games (both of which were losses), but DJ Wilson managed to do just that. One of the four 10-day signings Toronto brought in due to COVID-19 opt-outs, Wilson was clearly the most impressive of the four. Wilson averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Clippers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 31

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Clippers Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Dec. 31

After a very turbulent 2021 marred by several COVID-19 outbreaks, the Toronto Raptors have just one more game on the schedule before the calendar flips. The latest Raptors odds have Toronto picking up a win against some old friends from California in their 2021 finale. Nick Nurse and the squad will welcome the Los Angeles […]
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3 biggest stars from Raptors’ dominant win against Kings

3 biggest stars from Raptors’ dominant win against Kings

The Toronto Raptors have a very difficult schedule coming up, so taking home a win against the Sacramento Kings was imperative to make sure they stay hot on this homestand. Fred VanVleet, Scottie Barnes, and the rest of the squad were looking to once again take down a Sacramento team fresh off firing head coach […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Jack Campbell is due for some rest

I’m very aware of how protective Leafs fans are of Jack Campbell, so let me start by saying this is in no way a criticism of Jack Campbell, who is in my mind the clear cut MVP of the Leafs this season. This is however a recognition that despite him not looking terrible in the past few games, this does constitute the toughest stretch of the year for him, and there’s a simple readily available solution, and that is to get him some rest.
Last night marked Campbell matching his Leafs high number of games in the regular season with 22. It also ties Campbell for his second highest total of games played in a season, his highest total being 31. We are 28 games into the season. So when his highest percentage of games played in for a season is just under 40%, there is no doubt a bit of an adjustment to being involved in over 75% of the games and playing at a pace that would see him starting 60 games, a workload he hasn’t had since the 2010-11 season with the Windsor Spitfires, if you include the playoffs. He now has a decade of wear on this body.

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation