Raptors Looking To Add A D-League Affiliate For Next Season

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Time Warner Cable is reporting the Rochester RazorSharks basketball team is in talks with the Toronto Raptors about becoming their NBA Developmental League affiliate.

The RazorSharks were champions of the Premier Basketball League last season.

While Rochester is relatively close, if the Raptors truly want to become known as Canada’s team, it would make more sense for the Raptors to form a D-League team in London, Hamilton or Oshawa. It would result in the D-League affiliate being closer to Toronto and it would help drum up interest in the GTA.

Warriors’ Stephen Curry Not Backing Down To LeBron James

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Diamond Leung
San Jose Mercury News
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Warriors guard Stephen Curry indicated Tuesday in an interview on The Dan Patrick Show that he believes he is the better offensive player compared to Cleveland’s LeBron James.

Asked by Patrick who is the better offensive player, Curry said he had never before been asked that question.

“Me,” Curry then said, chuckling. “Gotta be, right?”

Told the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player James is the better scorer and that Curry is the better shooter, Curry said, “I don’t know because he obviously demands a lot attention on the floor, but I like to say I can distribute, get my teammates involved and be a playmaker as well.”

Patrick then asked Curry how he’d answer the question if in a game it’d be a contest of which player could score more points, and the 6-foot-3 point guard again expressed confidence.

“I’d like to say my shot would help me in that situation,” said Curry, who averaged a career-high 24 points per game and led the NBA with 261 made three-pointers. “If I get a double-team, I could hopefully shoot from farther out.”

James, a 6-foot-8 forward, was third in the NBA averaging 27.1 points per game last season for Miami.

Curry in an apparent response to the attention his comments received tweeted, “That’s funny. Anything is news these days lol.”

Curry told Patrick he was surprised James left the Heat to return to play for his hometown team in the Cavaliers, but added, “I’m sure there’s no better feeling than going home.”

The subject was raised to Curry on The Doug Gottlieb Show last week when asked if watching what James did would lead him to consider playing for his hometown Charlotte Hornets.

“I’ve always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like,” said Curry, who is in the middle of a four-year, $44 million contract extension with the Warriors. “My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it.

“Right now I feel like I’ve got three years left on my deal, so this isn’t going to be an issue for me for a while. I love the Bay Area and where we are as a team trying to win a championship, and that’s what it’s all about. Of course everybody dreams about or thinks about what it’s going to be like to play at home. Obviously if that opportunity comes along it’s a different discussion.”

Steve Ballmer Officially Becomes New Los Angeles Clippers Owner

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Anthony Riccobono
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After months of legal disputes, the Los Angeles Clippers have a new owner, as former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer officially took control of the team Tuesday. The sale of the team by Shelly Sterling on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust was confirmed by a California court.

“The transaction in which Steve Ballmer purchased the Los Angeles Clippers closed today following the entry of an order by a California court confirming the authority of Shelly Sterling, on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust, to sell the team,” the NBA said in a statement.

“The NBA Board of Governors previously approved the sale and Ballmer is now the Clippers governor.”

The deal is reportedly worth $2 billion. The Clippers were put up for sale following the release of racist comments made by then-owner Donald Sterling in April. Days later, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling from the league, and fined him $2.5 million.

Toronto Raptors Could Use Stretch Provision On Landry Fields

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With news leaking today that the Toronto Raptors signed Jordan Hamilton the current roster has 16 players with guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season.

With the maximum roster size being 15 that means one player won’t be with the Raptors come opening night.

Landry Fields has struggled to find his way onto the court for a variety of reasons, and, even when he did last season, he lacked the confidence in his ability to hit an open jumper. Fields shot 40% from the field while passing on lots of open looks. That meant opposing teams were able to sag off of him and could easily double another Raptor.

Toronto now has a glut of wing players under contract in DeMar DeRozan, Terrence Ross, James Johnson, Jordan Hamilton, Landry Fields, and Bruno Caboclo.

It gets even tougher for Fields to crack the rotation when you factor in Lou Williams and Greivis Vasquez can also play minutes as shooting guard.

Throw into the mix that Fields had a Real Plus Minus of 0.87 in just over 300 total minutes last season and it’s clear he’s not worth $8.5 million this season.

Enter the infamous stretch provision that’s part of the NBA’s CBA. This would allow Fields to be removed from the roster while spreading out his contract over multiple seasons to help with their salary cap.

Or, it’s possible Toronto is okay absorbing his bad contract this season because of what it would open in cap space this summer. If that’s the case, it’s likely Toronto has a trade brewing to move multiple players while bringing less players back.

They could also move Landry or another player for a draft pick.

Drake Gets Slap On Wrist From NBA

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Reports leaked this weekend that the NBA has fined the Toronto Raptors for tampering after rapper Drake let Kevin Durant know he was wanted in Canada.

Drake was performing at a concert in Toronto that Durant was attending and he got a little carried away and begged the crowd to show Durant what it would be like if he came to play for the Raptors, causing a loud ovation.

The funny thing is this “ovation” pales in comparison to what Durant gets every game while playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

ESPN.com reported the fine was for a paltry $25,000.

Below is a video clip of what happened during the concert.