Toronto Raptors Player News: All Positions

News: McCaw (knee) was unable to practice Tuesday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Impact: McCaw went down with a knee injury during Sunday's exhibition against the Bulls, though head coach Nick Nurse expects him to be back as soon as Wednesday, per Lewenberg. McCaw will be considered a game-time decision for Friday's preseason finale against Brooklyn.
News: Gasol went through a full practice Tuesday, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Impact: The Raptors have been extra-careful with Gasol's workload during the preseason, but he was back at practice in full capacity Tuesday. He'll have one more opportunity to see action in the preseason -- Friday against Brooklyn -- before the Raptors open the regular season on Oct. 22 versus New Orleans.
News: Lowry (thumb) was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lowry was held out of Sunday's matchup with the Bulls as he continues to recover from offseason thumb surgery, but there's little concern that he'll miss Toronto's season opener against New Orleans on Oct. 22. Following Tuesday's practice, he stated that his body feels great and that he's ready to become more of a scorer for the Raptors this season, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca. It's unclear at this point whether he'll make his preseason debut Friday in Brooklyn, however.
News: Thomas posted 12 points (5-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt), two assists and a rebound across 19 minutes in Sunday's 105-91 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Thomas joins the Ratprs after spending two seasons playing professional ball in Spain. Now 25, the former Iowa State product should figure heavily into the Raptors' plans due to the number of departures at his position. He has a reputation as a deep-ball specialist with an affinity for shots beyond the arc. If he carries those skills to Toronto, seeing him in the second unit or even in a start or two wouldn't be a big surprise.
News: Boucher tallied11 points (4-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-6 FT), four blocked shots, two rebounds and two steals across 20 minutes in Sunday's 105-91 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: With Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka all resting, Boucher was a logical choice to start on Sunday. He's going to be buried behind this trio for the duration of the season, and barring some freak injury ahead of him, he shouldn't be considered in any format at this juncture.
News: Anunoby recorded 15 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-6 FT), four assists, two rebounds and two steals across 27 minutes in Sunday's 105-91 loss to the Bulls.
Impact: Anunoby was the only usual starter not resting on Sunday, so he assumed his usual role at the wing among a group of replacements. With Kawhi Leonard gone, Anunoby's role will likely expand a bit or at least return to a more stable floor this season.
News: McCaw left Sunday's preseason game against the Bulls with a twisted left knee and will not return, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: McCaw limped off the floor after suffering the injury, and it's not too shocking that he will not return. Consider McCaw day-to-day until the Raptors can provide another update on him, but the team has just one preseason game remaining when they travel to Brooklyn on Friday.
News: Davis will draw the start for Sunday's preseason game against Chicago, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Raptors are sitting a number of regulars, so Davis will be joined in the starting five by Patrick McCaw, Malcolm Miller, OG Anunoby and Chris Boucher.
News: VanVleet will be rested for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Steven Loung of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The guard will be among several Raptors sitting out Sunday, and in his absence, rookie Matt Thomas should be in line for an extended role.
News: Siakam will be rested for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Steven Loung of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The Raptors will rest Siakam, Marc Gasol, Fred VanVleet, Serge Ibaka and Norman Powell, so expect a number of backups to be in position for increased roles.
News: Ibaka will be rested for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Steven Loung of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Ibaka will be one of several Raptors regulars to sit out Sunday. With Marc Gasol and Pascal Siakam also out, expect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and OG Anunoby to be among a number of bench players in line for increased minutes.
News: Powell will be rested for Sunday's game against the Bulls, Steven Loung of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: The Raptors will rest a number of regulars, so several bench players could be in position for a significant increase in minutes.
News: Lowry (thumb) will not play Sunday against the Bulls, Steven Loung of Sportsnet reports.
Impact: Lowry is in the final stages of his recovery from offseason thumb surgery, but the expectation remains that he'll be available for opening night on Oct. 22 against New Orleans.
News: Gasol will rest during Sunday's matchup against the Bulls.
Impact: The veteran will get the night off as the team looks to keep him relatively fresh heading into the regular season. In his first preseason appearance, he posted 23.7 fantasy points in just 18.2 minutes.
News: Lowry (thumb) is questionable for Sunday's matchup against the Bulls, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Lowry has been dealing with a thumb injury, which has prevented him from participating in the preseason so far. More information on his status may arrive following the team's morning shootaround.
News: Siakam scored 16 points (6-11 FG, 2-5 3PT, 2-4 FT) to go with seven rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's preseason game against the Rockets.
Impact: It was another productive outing for Siakam, who had 24 points and 11 rebounds in Tuesday's initial matchup with the Rockets in China. The reigning Most Improved Player will be asked to take on even more responsibility this season in the absence of Kawhi Leonard, and his all-around contributions make him a top-30, or even top-20, candidate in many formats.
News: VanVleet had 10 points (2-7 FG, 1-4 3PT, 5-6 FT), 10 assists and two steals in Thursday's preseason game against the Rockets.
Impact: VanVleet was relatively quiet from the field, but he earned six trips to the free throw line in just 22 minutes of action. The Wichita State product has been starting alongside Norman Powell in the absence of Kyle Lowry (thumb), and at this point it's unclear which of the two will be the primary starter when the veteran returns.
News: Powell scored 22 points (7-11 FG, 5-7 3PT, 3-3 FT) in Thursday's preseason game against the Rockets.
Impact: Powell made another start in the backcourt alongside Fred VanVleet, though it's unclear which of those two will hold onto that spot once Kyle Lowry (thumb) is back in action. Thus far, Powell has acquitted himself well, hitting seven threes over the course of the Raptors' two exhibitions in China.
News: Gasol (rest) has been removed from the Raptors' injury report and is expected to be available for Thursday's exhibition game against the Rockets in Japan, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Gasol sat out the front end of the Raptors' NBA Japan Games series with Houston on Tuesday, allowing Serge Ibaka to pick up the start at center. Expect Gasol to fill a spot on the top unit Thursday, though he won't necessarily be in store for a huge minutes load as the Raptors look to ease the 34-year-old into the new season.
News: Lowry (thumb) is slated to sit out Thursday's exhibition game against the Rockets in Tokyo, Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: The 33-year-old is still rehabbing his surgically repaired left thumb and will end up missing both ends of the NBA Japan Games series with Houston after he also was sidelined for Tuesday's 134-129 win. Fred VanVleet will presumably be in store for another turn as Toronto's starting point guard while Lowry sits. According to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, the Raptors are optimistic Lowry will be ready to make his preseason debut Sunday versus the Bulls or Oct. 18 versus the Nets, with his potential availability hinging on him receiving full clearance from his doctor.
News: Siakam had 24 points (7-16 FG, 2-6 3PT, 8-8 FT) and 11 rebounds in Tuesday's preseason win over Houston.
Impact: Both teams played their top units for a decent chunk of the game, and Siakam was able to put together a complete line -- he also added four assists, one steal and one block -- in 27 minutes of action. He could be rested on and off as the preseason progresses, but after the departure of Kawhi Leonard, Siakam will be leaned upon heavily when the regular season arrives.
News: Gasol will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It'll be a simple rest day for Gasol, as the Raptors attempt to limit the strain on the veteran during the preseason. In his absence Tuesday, Serge Ibaka may shift up to center, though there's a good chance the pair will start together when the regular season arrives.
News: Lowry (thumb) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Lowry is still working back from offseason thumb surgery, so the Raptors will continue to exercise caution with the veteran, who just inked a lucrative, one-year extension Monday. Expect Fred VanVleet and Cam Payne to handle most of the point guard minutes Tuesday in Lowry's absence.
News: Lowry (thumb) and the Raptors have agreed to a one-year, $31 million extension, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: The veteran had one year at just over $33 million remaining on his current deal, so he'll now be under contract with Toronto for two years and roughly $64 million overall. While the Raptors could still trade Lowry at some point if they choose to enter a mini-rebuild, the contract offers Lowry increased stability, as he previously would have been set to enter the open market as a free agent in the summer of 2020. Wojnarowski notes that Lowry is the first player older than 33 years old in league history to net an extension that pays him north of $30 million.
News: Lowry (thumb) is expected to be cleared for practice after the team returns from Tokyo, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Lowry will actually travel with the team for their two preseason contests in Tokyo, though he won't be given the green light to resume normal basketball activities until returning. He'll have a few chances to see some game action prior to the start of the regular season.
News: Gasol will not take part in Thursday's practice, Blake Murphy of The Athletic reports.
Impact: It doesn't seem as if Gasol is dealing with an injury, so coach Nick Nurse is likely just giving Gasol the day off due to his veteran status. We have no reason to expect at the moment that Gasol won't be available for Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets.
News: Coach Nick Nurse said Lowry (thumb) has not yet been medically cleared to practice, Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca reports.
Impact: Nurse added that Lowry, who is recovering from thumb surgery he underwent in summer, should be cleared to return soon. Everything is apparently going well in his recovery and the veteran guard is still on track to be ready for the season opener.
News: Lowry (thumb) has been limited in recent practices, Josh Lewenberg of TSN reports.
Impact: Lowry underwent thumb surgery over the summer, and he's been held out of the contact portion of drills and scrimmages in recent weeks. The Raptors plan to bring the veteran along slowly, but the general expectation is that he'll be ready for the season opener on Oct. 22 against New Orleans.
News: Taylor agreed to a partially-guaranteed contract with the Raptors on Wednesday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Taylor, undrafted out of Texas in 2016, has played 71 career games between Houston and Atlanta. He's averaged 6.3 points, 2.9 assists and 1.4 rebounds across 17.2 minutes. Taylor will fight for a reserve point guard role in Toronto.
News: Lowry (thumb) withdrew Monday from his commitment to Team USA for the FIBA World Cup later in August, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Lowry posted on his personal Instagram page that he was hoping he would be ready to take part in international competition this summer, but he ultimately won't be able to do so after having yet to receive clearance for full basketball activities since undergoing surgery on his left thumb in July. The veteran expects to be 100 percent healthy or close to it when the Raptors convene for training camp in the fall.
News: Boucher, due to personal reasons, will not participate in the FIBA World Cup, Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Impact: Boucher posted 93 points, 56 rebounds, 24 blocks, six steals and two assists in 163 minutes with Toronto last season. The World Cup could have acted as an opportunity to develop his game, but he has to attend to other matters.
News: Lowry underwent a procedure Thursday to repair a tendon in his left thumb, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Lowry battled the issue throughout the postseason, and it was always expected that he'd undergo some sort of surgery to address the damaged tendon. Overall, the procedure seems to be relatively minor, as Lowry still hopes to be available for Team USA camp -- which begins August 5 -- and the subsequent FIBA World Cup at the end of the summer.