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Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton was waived by the Raptors on Saturday.
Impact: Hamilton has enough talent to land on his feet with another team at some point this season, but he's unlikely to be a fantasy asset.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Cherry was waived by the Raptors on Saturday.
Impact: He was unlikely to make the team out of camp, so this news is not very fantasy relevant.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nogueira (groin) made his preseason debut Wednesday, scoring eight points (2-2 FG, 4-4 FT) with two rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes off the bench.
Impact: The young center isn't expected to see much court time during the regular season, but the tools are clearly there for Nogueira to develop into an effective rim protector down the road.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson said Monday that he is 100 percent healthy, the Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat reports.
Impact: He clarified that he hurt his foot, not his ankle, which is why he sat out Sunday's practice, but he should be considered healthy moving forward.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (ankle/foot) wasn't a participant in Sunday's practice for precautionary reasons, the Toronto Sun reports.
Impact: The Raptors have been quick to say that Johnson's ankle and foot issues are minor, and there's no reason to believe otherwise since it's the preseason and teams continually err on the side of caution. Johnson will have two opportunities to try out his ankle and foot, if he so chooses, before the Raptors' regular season starts on Oct. 29 against the Hawks.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Nogueira (groin) hasn't suffered any setbacks during his rehab process but still isn't ready to make a return to the court, TSN Sports reports.
Impact: Nogueira has been dealing with a groin strain for the better part of the last month and still seems to be in jeopardy of missing the start of the regular season. Even so, the rookie will likely struggle to get on the court when healthy, so the Raptors aren't in any hurry to rush him back to action.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeRozan was held out of Sunday's practice to rest, TSN Sports reports.
Impact: DeRozan was given scheduled rest Sunday and there's nothing to be concerned about regarding his status moving forward. With the start of the season just around the corner on Oct. 29, DeRozan will look to improve upon the 22.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists that he averaged last year, albeit a tough task since it was overwhelmingly the best campaign of his five-year career.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lowry was held out of Sunday's practice to rest, TSN Sports reports.
Impact: The Raptors want to make sure that Lowry will be fresh for the start of the regular season, so there's nothing concerning about him missing Sunday's practice. Looking ahead, the Raptors will start their season on Oct. 29 against the Hawks and Lowry will be a major component of their offensive attack.
Oct 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson (ankle/foot) was held out of the second half of Friday's preseason game as a precaution and says that he's fine, TSN Sports reports.
Impact: The Raptors didn't want to push Johnson when there was an inclining that he wasn't 100 percent, and so there's likely nothing to be concerned about regarding his health heading into the regular season. Even so, the Raptors have two games left on their preseason schedule to determine if Johnson's minor injury will linger.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross scored 22 points (9-18 FG, 4-10 3P) with two rebounds, an assist and a block in 26 minutes during Friday's preseason win over the Thunder.
Impact: His main fantasy contribution this season with come as a long-range complement to DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, but Ross will look to improve on last season's combined 1.1 steals and blocks per game as well.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson left Friday's game with a sore left foot and will not return.
Impact: It doesn't sound like a serious injury, but the Raptors have no reason to push him in a preseason game. Consider him day-to-day for now.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vasquez will sit out Friday's game as a precaution after he was struck in the head by a ball at shootaround.
Impact: This is something to keep an eye on, as a ball to the head wouldn't typically result in any kind of lingering effects. Consider him day-to-day.
Thu. Oct 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hamilton scored 16 points (6-8 FG, 2-2 3P, 2-2 FT) with three assists, three steals and two rebounds in 21 minutes during Wednesday's preseason win over the Celtics.
Impact: He looked good at both ends of the court, something that hasn't always been the case in his career, and Hamilton seems intent on winning an NBA job this preseason, whether in Toronto or with another club who notices his improved performance.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: DeRozan was not in the lineup Wednesday.
Impact: There's no injury concern here. After playing for Team USA at the FIBA World Cup this offseason, Raptors coach Dwane Casey simply decided DeRozan could afford to take a night off this preseason. He should be back in the lineup Friday against the Thunder.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Caboclo started at small forward on Wednesday, missing all four of his shots (including two three-point attempts) in 13 minutes while adding three rebounds and a steal.
Impact: DeMar DeRozan was getting the night off, so Raptors coach Dwane Casey used the opportunity to get the rookie some action in the starting lineup. Caboclo's fantasy value is just about nil this season, and even in dynasty leagues it could be a long wait before he starts providing some return on any investment you make in Caboclo right now.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Toronto Raptors have picked up the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross, guaranteeing their contracts through the 2015-16 season.
Impact: The 6-foot-7 Ross, taken eighth by the Raptors in 2012, averaged 8.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 154 games. He started 62 of the final 63 games last season, and had 51 points on Jan. 25 against the Los Angeles Clippers to tie Vince Carter's franchise record.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The Toronto Raptors have picked up the fourth-year team options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross, guaranteeing their contracts through the 2015-16 season.
Impact: Valanciunas, a 7-0 center from Lithuania, averaged 10.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in 138 starts in his two seasons since the Raptors selected him fifth overall in the 2011 draft. Last season, Valanciunas led the team in rebounds (714), offensive rebounds (226) and double-doubles (26).
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ross had his fourth-year option picked up by the Raptors on Tuesday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Impact: Ross has shown promise in his first two years in the league, and the move to pick up the option comes as no surprise. Ross, who turns 24 in February, will be eligible for an extension next fall. At this point, the chances of receiving that extension appear fairly high, though the Raptors will expect Ross to take a significant step forward in Year 3.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valanciunas had his fourth-year option picked up by the Raptors on Tuesday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Impact: The move comes as no surprise, as Valanciunas has developed into a starting-caliber center during his two years with the Raptors. The option, worth $4.7 million, will make Valanciunas eligible for an extension next summer.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayes played just nine minutes off the bench Monday despite the fact that Jonas Valanciunas got the night off, scoring four points on 2-for-3 shooting with four rebounds.
Impact: On the one hand, Hayes is the old man on a team of kids and needs a lot less preseason work to get ready for opening night. On the other hand, Greg Stiemsma continues to come off the bench before him and get more minutes at center. There's been no word yet from the Raptors that Hayes' spot is actually in jeopardy, but he really doesn't offer the club much other than his veteran savvy so it wouldn't be a huge shock if he was sent packing.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams scored 21 points (6-9 FG, 2-3 3P, 7-7 FT) with three rebounds and three assists in 24 minutes off the bench Monday.
Impact: Kyle Lowry got the night off, so Williams was able to get some run at the point as well as his more comfortable off guard position. He looks like he's all the way back from his February 2013 knee surgery, getting to the rim with ease, and Williams should prove to be a big addition to the Raptors' bench this season.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stiemsma has been cleared return to practice after suffering a concussion, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Impact: Stiemsma suffered the injury during practice, but has quickly been cleared to resume activity. His fantasy value should not be affected by this injury as it looks like he has healed.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson played 21 minutes off the bench Friday, scoring six points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3P) with six rebounds and two assists.
Impact: His role on the Raptors' bench will primarily be a defensive one, so don't expect big fantasy numbers from Johnson, but his ability to play both forward positions should allow him to at least see consistent minutes.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Johnson scored 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 FT) with eight rebounds in 25 minutes Friday.
Impact: On most nights during the regular season, that's about the kind of production you can expect from Johnson given that he takes a back seat to DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry in the offense. Johnson will be a free agent next offseason, however, so the motivation could be there to try and become a consistent double-double threat.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Patterson (hand) played 21 minutes off the bench Friday, scoring 17 points (7-11 FG, 3-4 3P) with seven rebounds.
Impact: The Raptors' stretch four will fill a big role on their second unit, but his minutes and fantasy value will be somewhat limited unless starter Amir Johnson misses some time.
Sat. Oct 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Lowry played 31 minutes on Friday, scoring 18 points (6-12 FG, 2-6 3P, 4-5 FT) with six assists, five steals and three rebounds.
Impact: There's no sign so far this preseason that Lowry is planning on taking it easy now that he's signed the first big free agent contract of his career. If the Raptors' point guard stays healthy, look for him to produce another excellent fantasy season.