Making sense of the Raptors-Spurs blockbuster


The Toronto Raptors and San Antonio Spurs completed a massive deal Wednesday morning, swapping a couple of All-NBA talents in the process. Let’s make sense of the transaction. A no-brainer for Toronto The risks associated with acquiring Kawhi Leonard – a disgruntled star who has yet to prove his health – are real, but opportunities More...

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By sportsnews On Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

DeMar DeRozan was the soul of the Toronto Raptors

In pure basketball terms, acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green from San Antonio for DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected first-round draft pick was a no-brainer for the Toronto Raptors. Stuck in a More...

By sportsnews On Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

The why of Kawhi: A timeline of the last 14 months of tension and emotion

Oftentimes, the journey is more important than the destination. Kawhi Leonard may be on his way to the Toronto Raptors in the blockbuster trade of the summer, but Wednesday’s news is merely the culmination More...

By sportsnews On Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Who, what, and Kawhi: 3 plausible Raptors trades for Leonard

If Las Vegas bookmakers or plugged-in NBA reporters are to be believed, the Toronto Raptors have somewhat unexpectedly emerged as the most likely trade destination for disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi More...

By sportsnews On Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Crown League shining in Toronto despite few stars

It’s past 10 o’clock on a Friday night in July at a downtown Toronto gymnasium. The venue, packed earlier in the evening, is half-empty and getting emptier by the minute as the third and final game of More...

By sportsnews On Sunday, July 15th, 2018

Bucks can't afford more mistakes with Giannis' clock ticking

The Milwaukee Bucks shrugged off the loss of Jabari Parker like it was no big deal, as if the fifth-smallest NBA market can just afford to waste No. 2 picks. Parker diminished in importance when Giannis Antetokounmpo More...

By sportsnews On Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Ranking the nicknames of the 2018-19 rookie class

Frankly, there are a lot of bad nicknames populating the NBA. In the absence of a worthy alternative, most players default to some combination of initials (KD, KCP) and numbers (CP3). The only thing worse than More...

By sportsnews On Tuesday, July 10th, 2018

Bucks rookie Donte DiVincenzo apparently has just $3.71 to his name

Donte DiVincenzo‘s bank account is looking rather sad right now. Fortunately, it’s about to receive a big boost. Milwaukee Bucks forward D.J. Wilson shared a photo on his Instagram story early More...

By sportsnews On Saturday, July 7th, 2018

5 potential landing spots for Melo should he leave OKC

At 34 years old, Carmelo Anthony has one more big payday lined up as his Hall of Fame career enters its third act: One way or another, the 10-time All-Star will get all or most of the $27.9 million he’s More...

By sportsnews On Friday, July 6th, 2018

The most intriguing summer leaguer for each NBA team in Vegas

For the first time in league history, all 30 franchises will be represented at the league’s annual summer league circuit in Las Vegas. Whether it be a top-10 draft pick, international prospect, or a veteran More...

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