Tag:Toronto Raptors
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:32 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 9:43 pm

NBA Trade Rumor: Spurs shopping Tony Parker?

The San Antonio Spurs are reportedly shopping point guard Tony Parker. Posted by Ben Golliver. tony-parker

Back in May, shortly after the San Antonio Spurs had been eliminated from the NBA playoffs by the Memphis Grizzlies, point guard Tony Parker made some interesting comments, telling a French publication that he believed the team's championship window had closed.

Now, it appears that it could be Parker's career as a Spur that is coming to an end.

Yahoo! Sports reports that Parker's name is coming up in trade talks in advance of the 2011 NBA Draft on Thursday.
The San Antonio Spurs are engaged in discussions about trading point guard Tony Parker to secure a high pick in Thursday’s draft, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Spurs have talked to teams in the lottery, including the Toronto Raptors and Sacramento Kings, who hold the fifth and seventh picks, respectively.
Parker, 29, has played for the Spurs for his entire NBA career. He's coming off of an All-Star year in 2010-2011, one in which he averaged 17.5 points and 6.6 assists. The Spurs have another capable point guard in reserve George Hill, who theoretically could take the reins if Parker was traded and play alongside two guard Manu Ginobili.

Parker recently signed a contract extension that carries him through the 2014-2015 season. 

The lesson from the Memphis series for San Antonio is that the team needs to retool its front line, adding size, length and bulk. At pick No. 5 or pick No. 7, the Spurs could go the super intriguing route by adding Congolese big man Bismack Biyombo, arguably the best defensive prospect in the entire draft. Otherwise, either Enes Kanter or Jonas Valanciunas should be available at No. 5 and could be available at No. 7. Texas forward Tristan Thompson, also an excellent defender, would be another intriguing option at No. 7. 

An alternate approach: If the Spurs were simply looking to take a "Moneyball" approach to the point guard position, they could draft Kemba Walker and pay him a fraction of what they were paying Parker to serve as Hill's back-up. 

Parker would represent a home run for either the Raptors or the Kings. Both are saddled with questions marks at the point guard position, and Parker would plug in immediately as a quality floor general capable of making life easier for the young prospects he would be surrounded by.  

The question hanging over these discussions: Are the Spurs ready to blow this up? If so, moving Parker is a logical first step.
Posted on: June 20, 2011 8:38 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:17 pm

Raptors agree to hire Dwane Casey as coach

The Toronto Raptors have agreed to hire Dwane Casey as the team's next coach. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwane-casey

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly settled on their new head coach just days before the 2011 NBA Draft.

On Friday, we noted that Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey had reportedly established himself as the favorite to coach the Raptors.

On Monday, ESPN.com reported that the Raptors and Casey have "reached an agreement in principle." The Toronto Star and the Dallas Morning News both reported that Casey could be introduced as the team's next head coach as early as Tuesday.

CBSSports.com's Ken Berger confirms that the Raptors and Casey have reached an agreement in principle.

Casey's only head coaching experience came with the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, when he went 53-69. He has had his name floated many times in recent years for head coaching positions, but he's never been able to seal the deal. Most recently, the Golden State Warriors elected to hire Mark Jackson after giving Casey consideration.

In Toronto, Casey inherits a mish-mashed roster with young talent that has yet to fully form and has struggled mightily on the defensive end. He will replace former Raptors coach Jay Triano, who was shifted into a consulting role by GM Bryan Colangelo a few weeks back.

The timing of Casey's hire means he will likely have input on who the Raptors select with the No. 5 overall pick in Thursday's draft. He is known for preaching defense, so players like Kawhi Leonard and Bismack Biyombo could get a bump in Toronto's eyes.

Boston Celtics assistant coach Lawrence Frank was also reportedly a finalist for the Raptors head coaching position.
Posted on: June 17, 2011 12:06 am

Report: Dwane Casey is favorite to coach Raptors

Dwane Casey is reportedly the favorite to coach the Toronto Raptors. Posted by Ben Golliver. dwane-casey

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Until now?

Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Dwane Casey has had his name floated many times in recent years for head coaching positions, but he's never been able to seal the deal. Most recently, the Golden State Warriors elected to hire Mark Jackson after giving Casey consideration.

Casey's luck could change in the near future. ESPN.com reports that Casey could be at the front of the line to take over as head coach of the Toronto Raptors.
Mavs assistant coach Dwane Casey has emerged as the clear favorite for Raptors' job and is on course to be hired next week. Raps had narrowed search to Casey and Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank but have zeroed in on Casey after interviewing both men this week.
Former Raptors coach Jay Triano was shifted into a consulting role by GM Bryan Colangelo a few weeks back.

According to recent odds from Bodog.com, the Raptors have the worst chance to win the 2012 NBA title in the entire league at 150:1 odds. Poaching from the coaching staff of the 2011 champions, then, makes a lot of sense. 

Going from first to worst would seem like a rough transition, but Casey has dealt with struggling teams in the past. His only head coaching experience came in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons, with the Minnesota Timberwolves, when he went 53-69. 

In Toronto, Casey would inherit a mish-mashed roster with some young talent that has yet to fully form and has struggled mightily on the defensive end. With young pieces like DeMar DeRozan, Ed Davis, Jerryd Bayless and whoever the team takes with the No. 5 pick in next week's draft, though, the Raptors have potential. A solid, smart, dedicated coach with a ring could help accelerate that ascent.
Posted on: June 1, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: June 2, 2011 7:08 am

Jay Triano let go as head coach of Raptors

Posted by Matt Moore

Unexpected news is the course of the day on a quiet Finals off day, it would seem. The Raptors and GM Bryan Colangelo announced in a conference call on Wednesday that head coach Jay Triano's option would not be picked up for 2011-2012 but that he would remain with the team as a "special assistant/consultant" to the GM. 

Colangelo was just given a gratuitous extension after several years of failed building around Chris Bosh and an equally difficult rebuilding year in the first post-CB4 season. Triano was thought to be a quality person under bad conditions trying to win with a flawed roster. But the defensive struggles of the Raptors reflected more than the lack of quality defensive personnel Colangelo had assembled. Speculation is that this may have been part of the terms of Colangelo's extension, along with a move more toward traditional NBA rosters and away from the Euro approach Colangelo has opted for, building around Andrea Bargnani. Additionally, Triano's record of 87-142 was nothing to write home about. If so, Triano is at once a scapegoat and lucky to be retained, if that makes any sense. 

With Triano out, late in the coaching search season, the Raptors will likely try and pick up one of the quality coaches on the market. Rick Adelman makes a lot of sense, as he does everywhere, but Adelman has indicated he wants to pursue more of a managerial role, something impossible with Colangelo in charge. 

We'll have more news on the release of Jay Triano as head coach soon.

Here's the release.  

Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Bryan Colangelo announced Wednesday the club will not exercise its option on head coach Jay Triano for the 2011-12 season. Triano will be retained as a consultant to the basketball team as a special assistant to the president and general manager.

The search for a new head coach will commence immediately. There is no definitive timetable for the completion of the search process.

“I have great respect for Jay Triano both as a person and as a basketball mind,” said Colangelo. “Jay deserves tremendous credit for developing our young players this past season and our most recent win-loss record does not appropriately reflect his many positive contributions to this organization.

“This was a difficult decision to make, but after almost three full seasons of observation and evaluation I believe that bringing in a new voice as head coach will accelerate the progress we are looking to make in the coming years.

“I am very pleased that Jay has agreed to stay on and help see through the plan that we have designed and initiated together.”

“I am grateful to the organization for the opportunity to be a head coach in the NBA,” said Triano. “I am proud of the work that I and the coaching staff have done with our young players and feel confident we have laid the foundation for a team that will continue to improve. I look forward in assisting Bryan to deliver a championship team to Toronto.”
Triano was promoted to head coach and signed to a three-year contract May 11, 2009. He finished with an 87-142 record (.380).
Triano served as an assistant to three coaches before being named interim head coach December 3, 2008 following the dismissal of Sam Mitchell.
A native of Niagara Falls, Canada, Triano became the first Canadian born and Canadian trained coach in the NBA when he joined Lenny Wilkens’ staff for the 2002-03 season. 

Posted on: May 20, 2011 2:42 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 4:08 pm

Enes Kanter skips interviews with 3 lottery teams

Turkish center Enes Kanter reportedly will not meet to interview with three lottery teams. Posted by Ben Golliver. enes-kanter

The long, strange journey of Turkish center Enes Kanter took another twist on Friday, when ESPN reported that Kanter "stood up" three teams with lottery picks at the Chicago pre-draft combine.

Kanter reportedly refused to participate in interviews with the Utah Jazz, Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks. The Jazz hold the No. 3 and No. 12 picks in the draft, the Raptors are the No. 5 pick and the Bucks are the No. 10 selection. Update: a second ESPN report notes that Kanter is now scheduled to meet with the Jazz on June 2.

This early in the process, refusing to interview with teams is highly unusual. The only explanations: Kanter doesn't want to play for those teams or he does want to play for someone else.

On Thursday, CSNWashington.com reported that Kanter's preference was the Washington Wizards, who hold the No. 6 pick. In Washington, Kanter would be in a major market on the Eastern seaboard and would have plenty of playing time. He would also be playing with a dynamic point guard in John Wall.

So what to make of the three teams he stood up?

Utah has a fairly loaded frontline with Al Jefferson, Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap already in place. Indeed, DraftExpress.com reports: "Doesn't want to play for them according to his camp. Too many big men?"

Toronto could certainly use a low-post presence to pair with Andrea Bargnani, but they've also got rookie Ed Davis already in the development cycle and there's the whole "playing in Canada rather than the United States" thing, which trips up some people.

As for the Bucks, Kanter will almost certainly be gone by No. 10 so other than courtesy there wasn't much point in meeting with them anyway. Also, Andrew Bogut is in place, and a Bogut/Kanter pairing might be a bit redundant. 

Kanter sat out all of last season with NCAA eligibility issues and has reportedly told teams he will conduct only solo workouts.
Posted on: May 17, 2011 1:08 pm
Edited on: May 17, 2011 4:35 pm

GM Colangelo agrees to extension with Raptors

The Toronto Raptors have reportedly reached agreement on a contract extension with GM Bryan Colangelo. Posted by Ben Golliver. bryan-colangelo

UPDATE: The National Post reports that Colangelo says he has " agreed in principle" to a "multi-year" extension with the Toronto Raptors. The team has also officially announced the signing.

The Toronto Raptors were awful in the first year of the post-Chris Bosh era, but that's not stopping the team from locking up its top basketball executive.

TheStar.com reports that Raptors president and GM Bryan Colangelo is about to receive a contract extension. 
The club’s president and general manager is closing in on a new multi-year deal to remain in charge of Toronto’s basketball operation, multiple NBA sources said Tuesday.

“It’s happening,” said one person with knowledge of the negotiations.
Colangelo, who previously worked for the Phoenix Suns, twice won the NBA's Executive of the Year award but has fallen on tougher times in recent years. 

The Raptors won just 22 games this season, missing the playoffs for the third straight season. Colangelo allowed Bosh to walk without receiving meaningful compensation in return and then had a hissy fit in the media, blasting Bosh for not playing through injury.
He also inked Andrea Bargnani to a big-dollar extension, a deal some have questioned due to Bargnani's weak rebounding and defense. 

Let's also not forget that Colangelo paid an exorbitant sum to sign Hedo Turkoglu in free agency and, after one failed season, quickly moved to undo that damage by shipping him to the Phoenix Suns.

His other big move this season was acquiring promising combo guard Jerryd Bayless, who continues to show flashes but probably isn't a franchise building block going forward. On the plus side, he has drafted two promising youngsters -- DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis -- but patience is a virtue in both cases.

Really, it's felt like Colangelo has been spinning his wheels for a few years now. With a weak draft this year, and three large contracts already on the books -- Bargnani, Jose Calderon and Leandro Barbosa -- Colangelo has his work cut out for him if he hopes to meaningfully improve this team next season.

Best of luck, Raptors fans.
Posted on: April 20, 2011 3:04 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 11:53 am

Oliver Miller arrested after alleged gun assault

Former NBA player Oliver Miller was arrested after an incident at a barbecue. Posted by Ben Golliver. oliver-miller

My great-grandfather Elmer taught me two lessons. One: Never interrupt an argument between a husband and a wife. Two: never, ever stand between a man and his plate of ribs. 

It sounds like someone violated Elmer's second commandment on Tuesday, as former NBA player Oliver Miller, best known for his outlandish weight, was arrested after he allegedly pistol-whipped a man at a barbecue according to a report from WUSA9.com
A former NBA player was arrested Tuesday morning for pistol whipping a man at a barbecue, police said.
Oliver Miller, 41, of Edgewater, was arrested after police were called out to a barbecue in Arnold, Md., for a report of an assault with a handgun, police said.
Miller wasn't at the Birchrest Court home Sunday, when police arrived to the call. Police say they tracked him down based on eye witness accounts and a 9MM GLOCK magazine that was left behind at the scene.
Can you imagine being the lab technician whose job it was to pull honey barbecue sauce stained fingerprints off of a Glock, only to realize that they belonged to a notorious former NBA player who recently topped out at 415 pounds? Is that the best day of your life or the saddest day of your life? 

Miller is reportedly being charged with first and second degree assault and a slew of gun charges. 

Miller played nine seasons in the NBA, averaging 7.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. The journeyman center played for the Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves.
Posted on: April 14, 2011 5:57 pm

Pistons, Wolves waiting on coaches, Raps on GM

Posted by Royce Young

The regular season is over, so you know what that means? Yes, the playoffs are coming, but it also means coaches are about to get fired. Two that definitely have their head at least near the chopping block are John Kuester (Pistons) and Kurt Rambis (Timberwolves). But it doesn't sound like anything is imminent, tweets Ken Berger.

"Sources say Minny (Rambis) and Detroit (Kuester) will wait before making decisions." Berger also says the Pistons have been "paralyzed" by ownership transfer. The Wolves are holding with owner Glen Taylor in New York for owner's meetings.

Berger noted yesterday that both Kuester and Rambis are likely to be fired, according to multiple sources. Berger wrote, "Kuester's firing is widely believed to be a foregone conclusion, though a source said there is "no timetable for anything" the organization is doing due to the pending ownership change. Rambis' tenuous situation did not get any help from GM David Kahn on Wednesday."

Also mentioned in there is that Rick Adelman's future is up in the air in Houston. Which is pretty crazy but understandable as the Rockets try and transition both their roster and staff moving ahead. Adelman's contract is up after this season so it'll just come down to an evaluation by Daryl Morey and the front office.  

Berger also says the Raptors are "unchanged for now" on the status of general manager Bryan Colangelo. Colangelo's contract expires June 30, along with coach Jay Triano. The Raptors are in a serious rebuilding situation and Colangelo might not have the opportunity to work on it.
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