HoopsHype DeMar DeRozan rumors

October 11, 2013 Updates

Not surprisingly, swingman DeMar DeRozan agreed with Casey on the subject of tanking. “I mean, I’m tired of losing so that ain’t an option for me,” DeRozan said. “I’ve been here long enough and we’ve had losing seasons. For me personally, I’m tired of that. I just got to go out there, do my job, do whatever I have to do to help us win.” Toronto Sun

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Those two players alone were responsible for about a third of the team’s points after the trade deadline last season, and DeRozan’s scoring ability was a huge reason the team extended him last summer for four years and $38 million. That move was made at a time when the team believed he’d be their primary scorer, but even though he’s the secondary guy now, he’s still happy to have long-term security in a city he loves. “This is where I wanted to be,” DeRozan said. “I wanted to be in Toronto long-term. I’ll definitely stick it through. One thing that I’ve been trying to do this summer is just working, getting ready for next season, coming around the team, being with the coaches trying to see what we can get better at next season and continue still being me as a player.” HoopsWorld

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The Raptors have been openly shopping forward Andrea Bargnani for months and would try, sources say, to include Bargnani in any deal for Bledsoe, which wouldn't necessarily dissuade the Clippers, given their longstanding need for a big man who can stretch the floor. But sources add that Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan is the Raptor most likely to tempt the Clippers, which falls in line with L.A.'s interest in Arron Afflalo in their Bledsoe talks with Orlando. ESPN.com

Some rival executives believe that the Raptors are prepared to part with DeRozan -- recipient of a $40 million contract extension last October -- in the wake of Rudy Gay's arrival and the front-office change that ushered out Bryan Colangelo (who authorized DeRozan's new deal) and ushered in Masai Ujiri. ESPN.com

April 22, 2013 Updates

But Casey did admit he might have handled things better. “One thing I was guilty of with Kyle is — and I probably hindered him a little bit — was making sure he got the ball to DeMar (DeRozan) first, then to Jonas rolling to the basket because we have all those weapons. “Where Kyle’s strength and his gift is, is attacking the rim, attacking the basket. He stubbornness and his toughness is also a gift.” Toronto Star

April 17, 2013 Updates

DeRozan says he’s hungrier than ever to play in the postseason. He was really hoping that this would be the year that the Raptors end their playoff drought, but it didn’t happen in large part due to injuries. “It definitely sucks not having your main guys early on in the season, a lot of key players going down,” DeRozan said. “You never know what could happen, but it is what it is. We have to play through it. It happens in this league and you have to be ready for it. We’re trying to make up for what we lost early on.” HoopsWorld

April 14, 2013 Updates

The NBA on Saturday suspended Chicago Bulls guard Richard Hamilton one game without pay for "throwing an elbow and making contact with the face of Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan." Hamilton will miss Sunday's game against the Miami Heat. The incident occurred with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter of Toronto's 97-88 victory Friday. Referees called Hamilton for a flagrant foul two, and he was ejected. It was Chicago's second loss to Toronto in four days. USA Today Sports

March 11, 2013 Updates

Ross could not crack the Raptors’ small lineup down the stretch, with DeMar DeRozan, Landry Fields and Alan Anderson each playing ahead of him. Valanciunas played a few fourth-quarter minutes with Amir Johnson in foul trouble, but came out in the final stretch. Kyle Lowry’s four final-minute points won the game for the Raptors. “I had to get Jonas out at the end, bless his heart,” Casey said. He said, ‘Coach, [Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson] is coming really fast.’ I said, ‘Guess what: All of them are coming fast.’ … Everything is so fast for rookies. I don’t care who you are, what level of rookie you are: It is a learning experience. National Post

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The NBA announced Thursday that rookie forward Terrence Ross (@T_DotFlight31) has been selected to participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm. Ross is the fifth Raptor invited to participate in the event, joining Vince Carter (2000), Tracy McGrady (2000), Jamario Moon (2008) and DeMar DeRozan (2010 and 2011). This year’s contest will take place Saturday, February 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be broadcasted on TSN2 and TNT beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Raptors.com

February 4, 2013 Updates

For the past week or two, teammate DeMar DeRozan has been paying particular attention to young Ross. In Ross, DeRozan sees a second — or actually a third — chance at dunk redemption and he doesn’t want to see him come up short. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is all about the dunk contest that will be part of NBA all-star event a week Saturday and Ross’ expected involvement. Official word of the contestants doesn’t arrive until Thursday night, but there is a groundswell of support for Ross which includes Eastern Conference all-star captain Dwyane Wade, who has taken to Twitter to trumpet the inclusion of Ross. Toronto Sun

And therein lies the reason he’s been getting after Ross. He doesn’t want his young teammate to make the same mistake he did and is going out of his way to make sure he doesn’t. “ I’m telling him, first of all, just because he thinks it’s any other dunk contest and you just go out and dunk, no,” DeRozan says stressing the negative at the end. “I try to let him know that millions of people are going to be watching you. You could change how people look at you from that day on. Everything is going to be different.” Toronto Sun

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