What Impact Will Playing in Toronto Have on the Raptors in 2021/22?

By Pete Baxter It was officially announced on Friday that the Toronto Raptors have been cleared by the Canadian government to play their home games in Toronto next season. This is huge news for the team and their fans. The Raptors played all home games last season in Tampa, Florida. They haven’t played a gameContinue reading “What Impact Will Playing in Toronto Have on the Raptors in 2021/22?”

The Iverson Template: Finding the Perfect Destination for Damian Lillard

By Pete Baxter Damian Lillard has been perhaps the biggest name floated in trade rumors during the 2021 NBA offseason. Lillard has been a loyal Portland Trailblazer for the entirety of his nine-year career. However, after his team faced yet another early playoff exit last season, he made it clear something needed to change. “HowContinue reading “The Iverson Template: Finding the Perfect Destination for Damian Lillard”

The Raptors Have Now Answered Three of the Four Biggest Questions of The Offseason

By Pete Baxter The Toronto Raptors had four major question marks to address entering the 2021 NBA offseason: Are Kyle Lowry’s days as a Raptor numbered? What is the future of the center position? Will the franchise’s fearless leader Masai Ujiri leave town? Will the team be able to return to Toronto full-time in 2021/22?Continue reading “The Raptors Have Now Answered Three of the Four Biggest Questions of The Offseason”

Barnes in, Lowry out: Grading the Raptors’ Early Offseason Moves

By Pete Baxter The 2021 NBA offseason is shaping up to be a truly pivotal one for the Toronto Raptors. For starters, it is the end of an era. In fact, it is the end of the greatest era of Raptors basketball, with Kyle Lowry moving on to Miami. While signs had long been pointingContinue reading “Barnes in, Lowry out: Grading the Raptors’ Early Offseason Moves”

Three Trade Ideas to Solve the Mavericks’ Porzingis Dilemma

By Pete Baxter Kristaps Porzingis watched his scoring, rebounding, and block numbers decline during the regular season in 2020/21. He then watched those numbers completely crash during the playoffs. Porzingis averaged just 13.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and less than a block a game in the Mavericks’ round one loss to the Clippers. These numbers wouldContinue reading “Three Trade Ideas to Solve the Mavericks’ Porzingis Dilemma”

Two Possible Trades to Bring Ben Simmons to Toronto

By Pete Baxter The Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers are two teams facing some tough decisions during the 2021 NBA offseason. The Raptors hit rock bottom during a turbulent 2020/21 season. They played zero games in their home city and faced an assortment of injuries and Covid-19 related challenges. They finished 27-45, good for 12thContinue reading “Two Possible Trades to Bring Ben Simmons to Toronto”

Jalen Harris: Dismissed and Disqualified from the NBA

By Pete Baxter With just 13 NBA games under his belt, Jalen Harris will be out of the game at least through the 2022-23 season. Shams Charania broke the news earlier today that the Raptors’ young shooting guard has been “dismissed and disqualified” from the NBA for the 2021-22 season for violating terms of theContinue reading “Jalen Harris: Dismissed and Disqualified from the NBA”

Three Teams That Could Reunite Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan Next Season

By Pete Baxter Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are two legends of Toronto Raptors basketball. They are undoubtedly two of the top five players in that franchise’s history. During their six seasons together in Canada, they were both four-time All Stars and helped build the Raptors into perennial contenders in the Eastern Conference. They hitContinue reading “Three Teams That Could Reunite Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan Next Season”

Lowry Lost, Oladipo Found: One Potential Offseason Strategy If the Raptors’ GOAT Walks Away

By Pete Baxter Kyle Lowry was heavily shopped around the league prior to the NBA trade deadline. Masai Ujiri, Bobby Webster and company in the Raptors’ front office were never able to find the ideal haul to ship their star point guard out of town. The 76ers, Lakers, Clippers and Heat were among the team’sContinue reading “Lowry Lost, Oladipo Found: One Potential Offseason Strategy If the Raptors’ GOAT Walks Away”

Lowry to the Lakers? A Mutually Beneficial Offseason Scenario

By Pete Baxter Lebron James sets the bar for player influence on franchise decision making. From coaching changes to offseason transactions, Lebron’s borderline tampering is no secret. Lebron watched his team drop in the standings all the way to the play-in tournament. He now stands on the precipice of the first opening round exit ofContinue reading “Lowry to the Lakers? A Mutually Beneficial Offseason Scenario”