On Pro Bball Report recently: Free Agent Destination Toronto, Is Bruno Caboclo still 2 years away, Summer League standouts, Bismack Biyombo was first, All-time starting 5s, the 35-year-olds, Cavs trade, NBA Schedule release date, Masai Ujiri in Africa and more.
How The Toronto Raptors Became A Free Agent Destination
“I drooled at the mouth just to play alongside guys like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Those two All-Star guys, they bring a lot. It was really just deciding to be able to come to a winning program and to help this team as much as I can.” DeMarre Carroll
Is Bruno Caboclo Still 2 Years Away From Being 2 Years Away?
“Last year I wasn’t able to speak the language and understand the plays,” Caboclo said. “But, now I know everything. I know what I need to do to do good this season. I gained 20 lbs in one year. I’ve been working all summer on defense and conditioning to prepare for the Summer League.”
This Year’s NBA Summer League Standout Players
Marc Johnson of NBA Full Court Press Radio wraps up the 2015 NBA Summer League by taking a look at the standout players we should be keeping an eye on once the regular season starts. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Raptors second round draft pick Norman Powell made Johnson’s list.
Biyombo Was The First Free Agent Raptors GM Ujiri Called (with audio included)
“It’s quite a funny story,” Biyombo said. “I have known Masai for a while and when the free agency was coming my agent gave me a call right before 12 and let me know the teams that would be calling me and right after 12, it was like 12:03, I got a phone call from Masai”
The Best All-Time NBA Atlantic Division Starting 5’s
The Raptors hope this year’s starting 5 will be better, but the proof will be in the playing. Be sure to check out Thompson’s all-time starter’s for Boston, Brooklyn, New York and Philly. Those Atlantic Division teams have been historically very good.
Could A Team Of 35-Year-Old NBA Players Win A Championship?
The NBA actually has an “Over-36″ rule where certain contracts that extend past a player’s 36th birthday are deemed likely to continue after the player retires. Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter, Paul Pierce and others should thank the NBA for the vote of confidence?
Cavs Trade Is A Heavy Price For Flexibility And Tax Savings
This shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise, but no one was willing to give the Cavs anything of value for the non-guaranteed $10.5 million contract belonging to Brendan Haywood. Essentially, Cleveland had to pay the Trail Blazers to take him.
2015-16 NBA Schedule Release Date
The 2015-16 NBA schedule release date hasn’t been officially released, but we know from past history that the most likely date will be on a Wednesday
Masai Ujiri Calls In From Africa To Talk Hoops (Audio)
Toronto Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri called in from South Africa to discuss what he has been up to and talk a bit about Bismack Biyombo.
• Big Stories From The Previous Week
“I think we grew up throughout the tournament and throughout this game. I’m glad that we showed some fight to get back in the game,” said Head Coach Jay Triano.
The comments from the Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey say the NBA has gone small and his team is going to match, however, one look at the roster President and General Manager Masai Ujiri has put together and one can only conclude the Raptors are built to go big.
Scola has enjoyed a solid NBA career and as the top player from Argentina, he’s been a Team Canada killer since 2007. He is 5-0 against Canada at the FIBA Americas tournaments and in 2009, he took away Canada’s last and best chance at a medal in the final game, you’d think someone would have remembered?
The upcoming season is a contract year for Ross and there is a lot at stake for the young wing. A big bounce-back is required if Ross is to regain the “3-and-D” status that will get him paid next summer.
In the revamp of the Toronto Raptors and Charlotte Hornets this summer, the Hornets free agent center Bismack Biyombo headed north to Toronto to build on his young career and the Raptors free agent power forward Tyler Hansbrough returns to North Carolina after six NBA seasons where he remains a local college basketball hero.