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Fri. Sep 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Daniels is recovering from eye surgery that he had performed to correct a condition called keratoconus but is expected to recover over the next month, The West Australian reports.
Impact: Daniels is currently playing in Australia for the Perth Wildcats but plans to join the NBA's Raptors at some point during their 2014-15 campaign. His draft rights are currently owned by the Raptors, however, the former Connecticut product decided to sign a four-month deal in Australia which won't make him available to play in the NBA until sometime in December. By that time, Daniels should be fully recovered from his eye issues.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Valanciunas scored 22 points with 13 rebounds and three blocks in Sunday's win over New Zealand to send Lithuania through to the quarter-finals in the FIBA World Cup.
Impact: New Zealand couldn't provide Valanciunas with much of a challenge in the paint, but he'll have a tougher go on Tuesday against a Turkish squad that features Omer Asik at center. Through six games in the tournament, Valanciunas is averaging 13.0 points, 7.8 boards, 1.3 blocks, and a tournament-leading 77 percent shooting from the field in 22 minutes per game.
Fri. Sep 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hayes may find himself in another uniform this season after the Raptors signed Greg Steimsma to a one-year contract.
Impact: Will Cherry and Jordan Hamilton are both on non-guaranteed contracts, which could make them roster casualties as well, but with Jonas Valanciunas as the starter, rookie Lucas Nogueira needing some minutes and Amir Johnson still likely to slide over to the five when coach Dwane Casey goes with a small lineup, the depth chart at center might just be too crowded to accommodate both Stiemsma and Hayes.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | STATS
News: The Toronto Raptors have signed Stiemsma, a veteran free-agent center who played last season with New Orleans. The 6-foot-11 Stiemsma averaged 2.9 points and career highs of 4.1 rebounds and 18.3 minutes in 55 games last season.
Impact: Stiemsma has also played for Minnesota (2012-13) and Boston (2011-'12) after starring college at Wisconsin. For his NBA career, he is averaging 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 16 minutes.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Stiemsma signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Raptors on Thursday, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.
Impact: The Wisconsin product spent last season with the Pelicans, averaging 2.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in a career-high 18.3 minutes per game. Toronto will be Stiemsma's fourth team in as many years, and the big man will battle with Chuck Hayes and Lucas Nogueira for playing time at center off the bench.