HoopsHype Toronto Raptors rumors
Jared Zwerling: Talking to league insiders, I'm hearing these names are being mentioned in trade talks within league circles (a lot of talk right now): A. Afflalo, T. Ariza, C. Singleton, G. Davis, R. Evans, P. Gasol, T. Gibson, C. Landry, G. Monroe, A. Rivers, T. Sefolosha and G. Vasquez. Twitter @JaredZwerling
A Yahoo report claimed Toronto's Kyle Lowry was the leading vote-getter among the non-selected Eastern Conference players. The prevailing theory is that Stephenson – who compiled his fourth triple-double on Thursday, more than the Eastern All-Star roster combined – was left out because of his occasional but dramatic gyrations following big shots during games. West didn't want to hear that. “That stuff is petty,” he said. “...The fact that he's beat (the other coaches' teams) and he's had great games against the majority of the coaches … he's a major reason we've been able to get (35) wins.” NBA.com
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
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