HoopsHype DeMar DeRozan rumors

February 14, 2014 Updates
February 6, 2014 Updates

Reigning champion Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors, both All-Stars for the first time this year, headline the list of participants for the 2014 Taco Bell® Skills Challenge (#TacoBellSkills), taking place during State Farm® All-Star Saturday Night (#StateFarmSaturday), at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 15. Lillard, the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, also is participating in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Sprite Slam Dunk, becoming the first player to appear in three events during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night. He also is participating in the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 14, and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 16. NBA.com

January 31, 2014 Updates
January 30, 2014 Updates

Toronto is in a quandary. While "tank'' is a strong word, the Raptors' new front office of Masai Ujiri and Jeff Weltman wasn't exactly thinking "playoffs or bust.'' This season was supposed to be about evaluating young talent, evaluating coach Dwane Casey, and positioning the club for the future by clearing cap space and gaining a high lottery pick. Then a strange thing happened: The Raptors started winning. Now the fans, who have been greatly supportive through some tough years, are excited about making the playoffs. The Raptors had talked with clubs about trading both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but their sudden surge after the Rudy Gay trade has the front office stuck. ESPN.com

January 29, 2014 Updates
January 28, 2014 Updates

DeMar DeRozan missed his ninth career game Monday and it’s unclear when he’ll be able to return. “I talk to him every day all the time. I talked to him this morning. He feels fine, just trying to get healthy,” teammate Kyle Lowry said at shootaround. Toronto Sun

Pressed whether DeRozan’s ankle, injured when he stepped on the foot of Clippers forward Hedo Turkoglu Saturday, was swollen, Lowry wouldn’t bite. “He’s just trying to get healthy. It’s just a matter of time.” Toronto Sun

January 27, 2014 Updates

Though DeRozan didn't make the trip, Patrick Patterson did and is expected to play despite a broken nose. Fellow power forward Tyler Hansbrough remains questionable with a deep bone bruise in his ankle. Hansbrough will not play until he doesn't feel any pain, as he doesn't want to risk a long-term injury. Toronto Sun

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