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August 13, 2014 Updates

The Rochester RazorSharks basketball team is in talks with the NBA's Toronto Raptors, according to sources within the RazorSharks front office, who said the Raptors are looking for a NBA Developmental League affiliate. TWC News

Toronto has been in the crosshairs since GM Masai Ujiri’s profane outburst against Brooklyn during the playoffs. That small tempest fed off a general, leaguewide discomfort with Drake’s role and influence. Toronto Globe & Mail

This has risen beyond the level of a spat. It’s an executive knife fight. Raptors officials would not comment on the Drake versus NBA situation. They are plainly loath to make their secret war public. They also refused to address a key detail – that the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused. Toronto Globe & Mail

August 12, 2014 Updates
August 11, 2014 Updates

You were at OVO. What'd you think of what Drake did at the end of his set with KD? Patrick Patterson: Ha, that was funny. It was cool. I know Drake, the whole OVO crew, Toronto, Canada, they would love to have Kevin Durant there. It'd be a great piece to this culture that we're trying to create in order to win and be successful. I'd love it if Kevin Durant came, I'm not going to say I wouldn't. That'd be a great piece, that'd be a great player to have. I thought it was fun, it was entertaining, the fans loved it. Kevin probably loved it as well, I think I saw a tweet about him saying, "Shout out to Drake, I love the 6," something like that. It was definitely entertaining. It was a smart move on Drake's part. CBSSports.com

You've said it was an easy decision to re-sign with Toronto. What made it so easy? Patrick Patterson: Overall, being comfortable with the situation and the role I was in. Being around a great group of guys, tremendous organization and coaching staff and fans. Needless to say, we were winning, so making it to the playoffs also helped. That's somewhere I always wanted to go that I'd never been before. So just weighing all those into the decision and coming to a right price on what I feel like I'm worth at this point in my career with the work that I've put in, it made my decision a lot easier once we talked about everything and the offer was on the table. CBSSports.com

Williams gives the Raptors another weapon in their already-deep backcourt, which also features Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Greivis Vazquez. When healthy, Williams has been one of the league’s best sixth men and he’s looking forward to bringing energy and instant offense off of the Toronto bench. He believes he fits in better with the Raptors than he did with the Hawks and head coach Mike Budenholzer. “I was actually in L.A. [when the trade happened] – I was in L.A. working out and at the same time having some quiet time with my family,” Williams told Basketball Insiders. “So I was out in L.A. and Danny Ferry gave me a call and said they were exploring some options. He didn’t want me to be blindsided. About three days later, I got traded to Toronto. Basketball Insiders

“I am excited to a part of a young core, I am excited be on a team that wants me, that has a high expectation level for me. My time here in Atlanta, I realized that they were going in a direction that probably didn’t fit my style of play and I probably didn’t fit Coach Bud’s style of play. I’m a guy that needs the ball to be effective and they really didn’t need that from me. They were building a different core of a basketball team. I felt like it worked out for both sides, they got some talented guys in making moves this offseason and I feel great about the fit that I’m in.” Basketball Insiders

Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri has continued his journey in Africa to Nairobi, Kenya, where he'll serve as director for his Giants Of Africa camp. Hear more from Ujiri on working with the countries top 50 prospects below and stay tuned for more great coverage from the Open Gym crew in Africa. NBA.com

August 9, 2014 Updates

DeAndre Daniels will be the latest NBA draftee to play with the Perth Wildcats after yesterday confirming he was Australia-bound. Almost a year to the day after signing James Ennis, who has returned to the US to play with the Miami Heat, the Wildcats have pulled off a similar coup by landing Daniels. Melbourne Herald-Sun

August 8, 2014 Updates

The Raptors will have a trio of rookies on the 15-man roster this season, but as expected, DeAndre Daniels likely will not be one of them. Facing a full roster, the Raptors and Daniels’ representative had been searching for a landing spot where the former Connecticut forward could find meaningful time to better prepare himself for the NBA a year from now. While Europe was originally the expected landing spot, reports out of Australia on Thursday indicated that Perth was the likely destination and the Raptors confirmed that while no contract has yet been signed, there is a good bet that comes to pass and the team is fine with it. Toronto Sun

August 6, 2014 Updates

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday an eight-game preseason schedule featuring two contests at Air Canada Centre. As previously announced, the Raptors will also play host to preseason games in Vancouver and Montreal as part of the NBA Canada Series. They will open preseason play against the Sacramento Kings at Rogers Arena in Vancouver on Sunday, October 5 and play the New York Knicks at Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday, October 24. The Raptors will face the Boston Celtics on Friday, October 10 and Maccabi Haifa (Israel) on Wednesday, October 22 at Air Canada Centre. This marks the eighth time a European club has visited Toronto for preseason action. The Raptors played host to Panathinaikos (Greece) in 2003, Benetton (Italy) in 2004, Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel) in 2005 and 2006, Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania) in 2007, CSKA Moscow (Russia) in 2008 and Real Madrid (Spain) in 2012. Toronto will play four road games at Sacramento (Tuesday, October 7), at New York (Monday, October 13), against Boston in Portland, Maine (Wednesday, October 15) and versus the Oklahoma City Thunder in Wichita, Kansas (Friday, October 17). NBA.com

August 5, 2014 Updates
August 3, 2014 Updates

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Nasty break-up and all, Air Canada is the best thing that ever happened to the Toronto Raptors.

   

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