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December 18, 2014 Updates

Silver said Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Game. The 2015 and 2016 events are in New York and Toronto, respectively, with 2017 and 2018 announcements to come. Silver said he met with Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan and Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield on Wednesday about a timeline in relation to $40 million of upcoming renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena. Arizona Republic

A player that increasingly intrigues Raptors management is Memphis centre Marc Gasol. The Spaniard is a free agent this summer. The greatest lack on the Raptors roster is a truly dominant big man. Gasol is a Jungian figure that features prominently in GM Masai Ujiri’s bedside dream diary. Gasol, 29, has good fiduciary and competitive reasons to stay where he is, but it’s still the Western Conference. He might be great for five or six more years and never make it past the second round of the playoffs. Maybe Gasol can be convinced that he should take a free-agent discount in order to ride roughshod over the Eastern Conference for the foreseeable future. Toronto Globe & Mail

When the Raptors went to Drake — the team’s “Global Ambassador” — and asked him during which game he wanted to hold “Drake Night,” his choice was easy. “If there’s anybody I want to beat, it’s the Nets,” the rapper said before the Raptors went out and did just that, 105-89, at Air Canada Center on Wednesday night. “I had some conversations with the guys and asked them to overdo it for me,” he continued with a smile. “I got to choose which game was going to be ‘Drake Night’ this year, and I felt like this was the one.” New York Post

December 17, 2014 Updates
December 15, 2014 Updates

A player that increasingly intrigues Raptors management is Memphis centre Marc Gasol. The Spaniard is a free agent this summer. The greatest lack on the Raptors roster is a truly dominant big man. Gasol is a Jungian figure that features prominently in GM Masai Ujiri’s bedside dream diary. Toronto Globe & Mail

December 14, 2014 Updates

Bayno likes what he’s seeing from Valanciunas, particularly these past three or four games, but cautions there’s still growth to be made. Where the officials are concerned Bayno says he’s on Valanciunas about his body language and appeals to the refs when calls aren’t made. It’s a fine line getting your point across so the officials are watching a little more closely the next time and simply annoying them to the point where they’re reluctant to even give you the calls you deserve. “(From) the young guys they don’t want to hear it,” Bayno said of the officials. “He’s been better but he’s still got to get better at the body language and just play through it and trust that you are getting better at getting the calls. You are using your body better.” Toronto Sun

New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert has a dislocated left shoulder and could miss at least three weeks. The Knicks also said Saturday that an MRI on guard J.R. Smith's left foot revealed a small tear of the plantar fascia and he is questionable for their game Sunday against Toronto. USA Today Sports

December 12, 2014 Updates
December 11, 2014 Updates

In February, De Colo was traded to the Raptors, posting 3.8 points and 1.6 assists per game over 21 appearances. Despite his averages dropping in Canada, the former Olympian was open to returning to the Raptors for another run. “I wanted to stay with the Toronto Raptors,” De Colo told Basketball Insiders. “It wasn’t easy to leave the NBA, but I didn’t get enough opportunities and I felt I was losing my rhythm. I had to return to Europe. “I had discussions with the Raptors over the summer. The team told me, ‘We want you next season and we’ll try to get you more playing time.’ I was excited because it’s much easier to fit in with a team during training camp as opposed to joining mid-season through a trade.” Basketball Insiders

“I now understand how the NBA works, it’s all a matter of opportunities,” De Colo said. “Although it was a difficult experience for me, I’m not finished with the NBA. I still want to go back. “For now, I’m focused on winning with CSKA, and did what was best for my career.” Basketball Insiders

December 9, 2014 Updates

And in Ujiri the Raptors have a general manager who isn’t in a rush to follow up his last big move with anything more than a steady approach. The future will reveal itself when its ready. “This is the time to let it sit and play itself out,” Ujiri said. “It’s not the time to play poker, not now.” SportsNet

There is plenty of flexibility. Ujiri has six players on expiring contracts worth a total of $30 million. Of those only Amir Johnson and Lou Williams could be defined as core assets. But Ujiri is unhurried. “We’ve got young players,” he said. “When you take a job, you have to assess the guys you need and the guys you don’t. Some of that we did right away and some of it we waited. “But now we’re at the stage where we let the players grow. You need to let your players grow. We will continue to look at our team, but the key is we have young players and they players will hopefully continue to get better and continue to grow.” SportsNet

December 8, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association announced Monday guard Kyle Lowry has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played December 1-7. This marks the third time Lowry has captured the weekly honours in his eight-year NBA career. Lowry won Player of the Week honours last season for games played January 27-February 2, 2014 and was Western Conference Player of the Week as a member of the Houston Rockets for games played March 14-20, 2011. NBA.com

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