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Pro Bball Report Week in Review 07/12/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Raptors Go Blue Collar, NBA Salary Cap rises, Tristan Thompson not signed yet, Jonas Valanciunas at power forward, Bruno Caboclo shines, Norman Powell stars, Delon Wright on defense, Luis Scola signs, Raptors 905, DeAndre Daniels injured, Free Agency, Celtics, Team Canada and more.

 

Carroll & Ujiri with ball closeupDeMarre Carroll Is The Start Of A Raptors Blue Collar Era

“We want to add players that are going to fit different roles and what we feel that we haven’t done so well and hopefully these (new) guys do,” GM Masai Ujiri.
“Finally the blue collar guys are getting a little recognition,” DeMarre Carroll.

 

NBA Adam Silver formal shot - webNew NBA Salary Cap Even Higher Than Expected

When the league first started guessing at what the NBA Salary Cap for the 2015-16 season would be, they were suggesting $67 million would be about right. Then during the July Moratorium, there was an oops, maybe that should be $69 million. Now it looks like even that guess wasn’t high enough.

 

Tristan Thompson - croppedA Door Opens For The Raptors To Pursue Tristan Thompson

As LeBron James signed a brand new two-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, a door opened slightly for the Toronto Raptors to pursue restricted free agent Canadian power forward Tristan Thompson. Everyone seems to remember James saying he wanted Thompson back next season and there were plenty of “experts” implying James wouldn’t sign before a deal got done with his NBA Finals starting power forward. However, what seems to be missed is precisely what James said.

 

Jonas Valanciunas practice shot by Paul Saini (Fylmm.com)Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Wants To Play Power Forward

Valanciunas isn’t afraid to put in the extra work required to improve his game and he can currently be found at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas honing his craft while the rookies, sophomores and free agents practice for the the upcoming games.

 

Bruno Caboclo shootingRaptors Caboclo And Powell Star At Summer League

Caboclo showing confidence in his silky-smooth jump shot as he nailed three of his five three-point attempts and scored 15 points. Powell seeming to blow by the Kings defenders at will on his way to scoring 20 points on 8-15 shooting in just over 24.5 minutes of action. They were the stars of the night.

 

Bruno Caboclo prepares to shootDon’t Forget About The Raptors Bruno Caboclo

Last year at this time the Raptors first round draft pick Bruno Caboclo was described as being ‘two years away from being two years away,’ but in practice and at NBA Summer League, he looked just like any other mid to late first round selection – talented, but raw.

 

Wright and PowellRaptors Wright And Powell Talk Defense At Summer League

The Toronto Raptors 2015 NBA draft picks Delon Wright and Norman Powell were at their first day of practice for the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and talked to the Raptors Akil Augustine about their expectations and goals. Not surprisingly, these two fairly mature young guards had a lot to say about defense.

 

Indiana Pacers Media Day 2014Raptors Add Crafty Veteran Power Forward Luis Scola

With free agency almost done, the Toronto Raptors were still missing depth at power forward, but not anymore. 35-year-old veteran Luis Scola will be joining the team on a one-year $3 million deal

 

Dan Tolzman 2015Dan Tolzman Named Raptors 905 GM

Toronto Raptors Director of Scouting Dan Tolzman has been named as the new NBA D-League Raptors 905 General Manager. Raptors Assistant Coach Jesse Mermuys has been named Raptors 905 Head Coach and Assistant General Manager.

 

DeAndre DanielsRaptors DeAndre Daniels To Miss Summer League

DeAndre Daniels had surgery today performed by Dr. Rick Ferkel in Los Angeles. Daniels sustained a fracture of the fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot, also known as a Jones fracture.

 

Boozer and HansbroughToronto Raptors Have Few Options Left In Free Agency

After getting Spurs free agent guard Cory Joseph to agree to come to Toronto, Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri has few options left in free agency and not many open roster spots. There should be some wiggle room left, however, it’s safe to say that most of the money the Raptors had available has been committed.

 

Sullinger Olynyk Amir JohnsonWhy Celtics And Raptors Should Be Trade Partners

If the Celtics can work a sign and trade for Johnson via the Rajon Rondo trade exception, with a non-guaranteed third season, the team would be able to stay over the cap and keep their numerous trade exceptions and Mid-Level Exception.

 

Sim Bhullar stretches out

A Slimmed Down Sim Bhullar To Join Team Canada

Most of the “A” list for Team Canada will miss the Pan Am games because of NBA free agency, Summer League, and because the Olympic Qualifying tournament is being held at the end of August in Mexico. However, just seeing how far Bhullar has come since last summer could be worth the price of admission.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Cory Joseph sittingRaptors Go All-Defense, Nab Spurs Cory Joseph

In a totally predicable scenario, once the Spurs landed LaMarcus Aldridge, the Raptors would be able to land their defensive-minded guard of choice, Canadian Cory Joseph. What’s been next for the Raptors this summer has been getting head coach Dwane Casey defense-oriented players that fit the style he likes to play.

 

Amir Johnson & staff 3Amir Johnson Says ‘See You Later’ To Toronto

Amir Johnson, one of the nicest guys to grace a Toronto Raptors locker room says, “see you later.”

 

 

Amir Johnson and DeMarre CarrollThe Remake Of The Toronto Raptors Has Begun

By Frank McLean
July 1st, 2015 will be remembered as the day the remake of the Toronto Raptors began. It was a day of addition and subtraction. The addition is forward DeMarre Carroll from the Atlanta Hawks. The subtraction is that of forward Amir Johnson.

 

DeMarre Carroll - croppedRaptors Land Hawks Free Agent DeMarre Carroll

Carroll is a huge get for the Raptors Ujiri. Called a “Junkyard Dog” in college, Carroll is a Coach Casey style player, someone known for playing hard on every possession. At 6’8, Carroll has the size to play against the bigger small forwards in the NBA, something the Raptors have been lacking in their last two playoff appearances and with a 39.5 three-point field goal percentage, he can stretch the floor.

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Media DayCan The Cavaliers Afford $70m To Re-Sign Tristan Thompson?

Conservatively starting at $15.5 million per season, the luxury tax bill for keeping this young rebounding energy guy in Cleveland could look something like this: $16.25 million for the first $5 million, $18.75 million for the next $5 million and $21.25 million for the last $5 million in salary. Adding the luxury tax bill up and Griffin could be paying over $70 million in salary and luxury tax in order to keep Thompson next season.

 

Delon Wright 55 web 2Raptors Rookie Delon Wright Is NBA Ready Now

“He is a little older than your normal 19 or 20-year-old coming in today, but that’s good,” head coach Dwane Casey said. “He’s a kid that’s been around the NBA, knows the NBA, talked about the NBA with his brother.”

 

Norman PowellRaptors Athletic Scorer And Defender Norman Powell

In the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors took an athletic scorer and defender in ULCA shooting guard Norman Powell. This kid seems to be more NBA ready than the typical rookie coming into the pros and has the potential to surprise if he is given the chance.