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Re-signing Fred VanVleet is “top priority” for the Raptors

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With free agency fast approaching, it remains a question mark whether the Toronto Raptors will be able to retain their prized free agent Fred VanVleet.

Can they afford him? Will other teams outbid them on the market? It remains to be seen how the cookies will crumble, but you got to be optimistic after hearing from Raptors GM Bobby Webster.

“I think we’ve said it publicly, privately and every which way. He’s our top priority, he’s our biggest priority for the off-season is bringing him back,” said Webster.

“He had a great run four years, we fully expect that to continue and everything’s been positive.”

The 26-year old, who was undrafted and signed as a free agent out of Wichita State, has spent his first four seasons with the franchise.

In 2019/2020, he posted a career-best 17.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.6 rebounds through 54 games.

He also played a pivotal in the franchise’s first-ever NBA title back in 2019.

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Raptors played their first regular season home game in Toronto since March 2020, and the crowd’s reaction will give you chills

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Last night, the Toronto Raptors opened their regular season at Scotiabank arena against the Washington Wizards. The significance of it? Well it was their first regular season game in the city of Toronto in 20 months.

The coronavirus pandemic and the border restrictions caused them to spend the last 600 days playing in the NBA bubble in Orlando, and then at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay.

To thank the fans for their patience and continued support, the team put a video presentation on the jumbotron that got the crowd absolutely hyped. It was followed by a ‘Lets Go Raptors’ chant that nearly tore the roof off the building.

We can only do so much to describe the electricity in the air. See it for yourself below:

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VIDEO: Carmelo Anthony gets called for violation after pump faking a free throw

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Not exactly a great moment to have in your Los Angeles Lakers debut.

In last night’s season opener, the legendary Carmelo Anthony did the unthinkable and actually pump faked a free throw before making the attempt. And yes that is against league rules so he got called for the violation and had to hand the ball over the Golden State Warriors.

Good on Carmelo for just laughing off what was nothing short of an embarrassing moment for the future Hall of Famer.

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Pelicans ink center Jonas Valanciunas to a two-year extension

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He hasn’t even played a regular season game with the New Orleans Pelicans yet, but the team has already decided he belongs.

The Pelicans have signed recently acquired big man Jonas Valanciunas to a two-year, $30.1 million contract extension that will take effect following the conclusion of the 2020/21 campaign.

The 29-year old, who was acquired in a multi-player trade with the Memphis Grizzlies back in August, has averaged 12.9 points and 9.2 rebounds over a span of nine seasons and 621 games split between the Toronto Raptors and Grizzlies.

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