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August 11, 2014 Updates
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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

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Dwane Casey remembers the first time he heard of Caboclo. Sort of. It was early June and the Raptors coach, a month or so removed from a painful seven-game series defeat to Brooklyn and a few weeks past signing a three-year, $11.3 million extension with Toronto that took some of the sting off of it, was home, in Seattle, when Masai Ujiri buzzed his cell phone. I need you to come to Texas, Ujiri said. I need you to see this prospect we’re looking at. OK, Casey said. Who? I’ll tell you when you get here, Ujiri replied. Ujiri swears he wasn’t trying to being secretive. He just wanted Casey to see the workout with a completely open mind. “I want my guys to have an opinion,” Ujiri told SI.com. “I don’t want to hype someone up. They see the kid and they make a judgement.” Sports Illustrated

“When a guy goes overseas you don’t get to monitor him as closely, to see if he is getting stronger, to see all of what he is doing,” Ujiri said. “Keeping him here, we can do that. When he needs playing time, send him to the D-League. He can play in NBA practices, he can go through a training camp and after the year we will wait to see where he is and what more he needs to develop.” Sports Illustrated

You see, Lowry was only a first-round draft pick away from being traded to the New York Knicks in mid-December. It was this close to happening. According to a source familiar with the Raptors' thinking, there were three likely scenarios on the table involving Knicks guards Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr., with Lowry being the only Raptors player in the deal. The clincher would have been a future first-round pick to the Raptors, but team owner James Dolan vetoed it and the trade fell through, a denial confirmed by a source close to the Knicks. Bleacher Report

"Dolan hired those business consultants [McKinsey & Company] last summer," said the source with knowledge of the Raptors' plans. "They had sold him on this whole thing about, 'You've been exploited by giving away first-round picks.' Could the deal have gotten done? Absolutely." That Lowry was on the trading block in perhaps his best season as a pro had nothing to do with his play, but everything with the direction the Raptors felt they were headed after trading Rudy Gay on Dec. 9. "They were not going to re-sign Kyle," the source said. Bleacher Report

While money was a factor—the price point Lowry set was around $12 million, according to the source—there were other variables in play as he examined the NBA landscape: geography, the current success of the team and its outlook over the next couple years. "[Lowry] analyzed [free agency] very analytically and introspectively, rather than, 'Oh, I can get the money,'" the source said. In that first meeting with the Rockets, a source close to the situation said, Morey made it clear that he wanted his former player to return. But the GM wouldn't make an official offer until Anthony made his decision. Then Lowry met with the Raptors at 11 a.m. on July 1 in Philadelphia with Miller, Ujiri and Casey, who flew in from his offseason home in Seattle. The message was clear: They wanted him back and would satisfy his high-dollar demand. Bleacher Report

July 31, 2014 Updates

The Memphis Grizzlies announced July 31 that they have bolstered their coaching staff and player development team with several key additions to the organization. Jeff Bzdelik (BIZ-del-ik), who has over 30 years of coaching experience, including 17 in the NBA, has joined Dave Joerger’s staff as an assistant coach. John Townsend, who previously served as shooting coach for the Toronto Raptors and Portland Trail Blazers, has joined the staff as director of player development. The Grizzlies also added Trevor Moawad, a recognized expert in the field of mental conditioning who has led mental endurance programs for the University of Alabama and Florida State football teams, as mental endurance coach. NBA.com

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