Raptors Name Webster VP, Basketball Management & Strategy

The Toronto Raptors announced Wednesday they have named Bobby Webster as the club’s Vice President, Basketball Management & Strategy. Webster joins the Raptors after working for the NBA league office in New York for the past seven seasons, most recently in the role of Associate Director, Salary Cap Management.

“I am delighted to have Bobby join our basketball operations team,” said Masai Ujiri, Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations. “His skill set will be valuable in a number of areas, and his experience and knowledge of the CBA and its ...

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DeRozan Selected For 2013 USA Basketball Mini-Camp

USA Basketball announced Wednesday that Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been selected to participate in the Men’s National Team mini-camp this summer. The camp will be held July 22-25 in Las Vegas and includes a total of 27 players.

DeRozan completed his fourth season the NBA and set career highs for points (18.1), rebounds (3.9), assists (2.5) and minutes (36.7). He ranked seventh in the NBA converting 355 free throws on 427 attempts, both career highs. DeRozan became the first player in team history to start 82 games in multiple ...

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Raptors Name Masai Ujiri General Manager

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The Toronto Raptors announced Friday that the club has signed Masai Ujiri as its General Manager. Ujiri, 42, was recently named the NBA’s Executive of the Year in his capacity as Executive Vice-President of Basketball Operations for the Denver Nuggets. He replaces Bryan Colangelo, who is now the Raptors’ President.

In his three seasons in Denver, Ujiri built the Nuggets into a team that won a franchise-record 57 games and delivered an NBA-best 38-3 record at home this past season.

A native of Nigeria, and the first African-born GM in the NBA, ...

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Terrence Ross To Participate In NBA Nation China

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The NBA announced Thursday that Toronto Raptors forward Terrence Ross will participate in the 2013 NBA Nation China tour this summer. Ross will travel abroad July 26-28 to the city of Jinan.

NBA Nation, the NBA’s largest mobile basketball playground, will return to China for the second consecutive year and visit 12 cities from May 31 to August 18, giving fans the chance to enjoy basketball contests, interact with NBA players and pose with the Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy.

O.J. Mayo of the Dallas Mavericks will launch the festivities May 31 ...

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Raptors Announce Management Changes

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Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Tim Leiweke announced Tuesday that he has revamped the senior leadership of the Toronto Raptors in preparation for next season. Bryan Colangelo has had his contract extended as the team’s President and will report directly to Mr. Leiweke. The club has also created a new position of General Manager that will have final authority on all basketball-related decisions. At this time, with input from Colangelo, Leiweke is conducting a search to identify candidates and expects to name the new GM ...

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Valanciunas Named To NBA All-Rookie Second Team

The play of rookie Jonas Valanciunas has been a bright spot for the Raptors.

The NBA announced Tuesday that centre Jonas Valanciunas has been named to the 2012-13 NBA All-Rookie Second Team. Valanciunas becomes the 10th player in team history to receive All-Rookie honours, joining Damon Stoudamire (1995-96), Marcus Camby (1996-97), Vince Carter (1998-99), Morris Peterson (2000-01), Chris Bosh (2003-04), Charlie Villanueva (2005-06), Andrea Bargnani (2006-07), Jorge Garbajosa (2006-07) and Jamario Moon (2007-08).

Valanciunas, a native of Utena, Lithuania, joined the Raptors after being selected fifth overall in the 2011 NBA Draft and spending the 2011-12 season playing overseas. He finished the year ranked third ...

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Jonas Valanciunas Injury Update

Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas sustained a flexion extension injury of his neck in the final seconds of Tuesday’s victory in Chicago. He was taken to Rush Presbyterian Hospital for precautionary testing. Test results were negative.

Valanciunas will be reevaluated Thursday in Toronto.

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Valanciunas Named Eastern Conference Rookie Of The Month For March

The National Basketball Association announced Friday that Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for March 2013. Valanciunas is the eighth Raptors player to win the award, joining Jamario Moon (January 2008), Andrea Bargnani (January and February 2007), Jorge Garbajosa (December 2006), Charlie Villanueva (December 2005), Vince Carter (March and April 1999), Marcus Camby (March 1997) and Damon Stoudamire (November 1995 and January 1996).

Valanciunas averaged 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.07 blocks and 27.1 minutes in 15 games (14 starts). He shot .620 (67-108) ...

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Landry Fields Update

The Toronto Raptors announced Monday forward-guard Landry Fields will miss tonight’s game versus Detroit to receive follow-up testing on his right elbow. Fields underwent ulnar nerve transposition surgery November 14 to address compression/entrapment in his right elbow.

Fields will be seen by Dr. Vernon Williams and Dr. Steve Shin at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles.

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Right To Play And MLSE: Transforming Lives Through The Power Of Sport And Play

Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) and its MLSE Foundation announced a million dollar contribution to Right To Play’s Promoting Life-skills in Aboriginal Youth (PLAY) program.  The PLAY program partners with First Nation communities across Ontario and shares MLSE’s vision and commitment to changing lives through the spirit and the power of sports.

MLSE’s ownership team, Bell, Rogers Communications Inc. and Chairman of the Board Larry Tanenbaum have expressed their full support of this partnership as it represents one of MLSE’s core values: leading in the community.

Chairman Larry Tanenbaum has been ...

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