What the 2019 Toronto Raptors and 2021 Bucks had in common

What the 2019 Toronto Raptors and 2021 Bucks had in common

While the Toronto Raptors were on the couch at home, licking their wounds after a very unlucky 2020-21 season, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks won the 2021 NBA championship by defeating the Phoenix Suns 4-2 after losing the first two games. Raptors fans were at one point hoping and praying that Masai Ujiri’s connection […]
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Author: Alaa Alarashi / Raptors HQ

McCann and Hyman are Leafs heading West

While we were all discussing our displeasure with the Seattle Kraken taking Jared McCann in the NHL Expansion Draft, there was more news for the Leafs. And no, it’s not good news.
According to Elliotte Friedman, who was on Sportsnet Central after Seattle’s draft, Zach Hyman is likely going to be traded to the Edmonton Oilers so he can sign an eight-year deal. He didn’t say when it would come, but Friedman said it could be on Friday.
I discuss that, and why it’s okay to lose McCann in the Expansion Draft. I hope you enjoy the video.

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Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Raptors: 2 lessons the front office can take from champion Bucks

Toronto Raptors: 2 lessons the front office can take from champion Bucks

While the Toronto Raptors geared up in anticipation for the 2021 NBA Draft, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks won their first NBA championship since the days of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as their six-game victory over an impressive Suns team was capped with a Giannis masterpiece. Giannis’ decision to sign a supermax contract in Milwaukee despite […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Kyle Lowry rumors: Surprise lottery team wants the Raptors legend

Kyle Lowry rumors: Surprise lottery team wants the Raptors legend

The Toronto Raptors are at a crossroads this offseason. While they are eyeing a quick retool as they try to get back to the postseason, they still might need to say goodbye to franchise legend Kyle Lowry, who is entering the uncertain waters of unrestricted free agency. The monsoon of Kyle Lowry rumors won’t be […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Report from the Rock: Drama in St. John’s

While the entire hockey world locks its eyes on the looming Seattle Kraken expansion draft, a situation is brewing in St. John’s, Newfoundland that could have serious repercussions on the Toronto Maple Leafs minor league development system if it boils over.
But first, since is the first Report from the Rock in several weeks, we have some news and notes to cover before we get into a deep dive on the ongoing dispute between the Newfoundland Growlers ownership group and St. John’s City Council.
First up, a quick mention here that the Leafs recently hired Ryan Hardy as Senior Director of Minor League Operations.

We’ve hired Ryan Hardy as Senior Director of Minor League Operations. #LeafsForever
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) June 25, 2021

In essence, Hardy will be the GM of the Growlers, more on him and what this means for the Leafs organization as a whole here.
Another minor piece of news, but a cool one to see nonetheless, after three years of existence, the Growlers Twitter account was verified.

Round of applause for our new checkmark
#Verified pic.twitter.com/Y19m7Btsiy
— Newfoundland Growlers (@NLGrowlers) July 13, 2021

Now that they’re certified as a real and legitimate …

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Author: Dylan Murphy / The Leafs Nation

Could the Raptors move up in the second round and grab Miles McBride?

Could the Raptors move up in the second round and grab Miles McBride?

While there is a whole bushel of deserved excitement over the fact that the Toronto Raptors were able to land the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, the trades of Terence Davis and Matt Thomas helped the Raptors land consecutive second-round pick at No. 46 and No. 47. Is a player like West […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Did the Wizards ditch Scott Brooks to land Masai Ujiri?

Toronto Raptors: Did the Wizards ditch Scott Brooks to land Masai Ujiri?

While the Toronto Raptors weren’t directly involved in any of the big stories that broke on what was a very busy day in the NBA, but they could end up seeing their front office make a major downgrade. Masai Ujiri returning still hasn’t confirmed that he’ll be back, and a potential landing spot in the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Why OG Anunoby was snubbed from All-Defensive team

Toronto Raptors: Why OG Anunoby was snubbed from All-Defensive team

While this outcome may have been expected when even the talents of Kyle Lowry and Pascal Siakam were unable to salvage this season, the Toronto Raptors were shut out of NBA Awards voting. Even the great OG Anunoby was unable to end up taking home any sort of trophy. While Chris Boucher did get some […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

NBA Draft 2021: NBA Mock Draft 4.0 with lottery odds set

NBA Draft 2021: NBA Mock Draft 4.0 with lottery odds set

While NBA mock draft season has been kicked into high gear for some time now, Toronto Raptors mock draft season has been going on since the very second the club was eliminated from postseason contention. The Raptors will have their best odds for the top pick in years, as they currently have the seventh-best odds […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Could Jusuf Nurkic be a target after comments following elimination?

Toronto Raptors: Could Jusuf Nurkic be a target after comments following elimination?

While plenty of Toronto Raptors fans might’ve been rooting for Norman Powell and the Portland Trail Blazers to make it to the next round of the postseason, the Denver Nuggets proved to be too much for Damian Lillard and Jusuf Nurkic to overcome. Presumptive MVP Nikola Jokic took advantage of poor defenders in Enes Kanter […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ