Raptors Notes: FVV, 2020/21 Arena, Baynes, Boucher

Returning Raptors guard Fred VanVleet discussed his new four-year, $85MM deal with the club and the league’s current perception of the Raptors, during a remote Tuesday conference, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps.

“I think we’re kind of headed back in the direction of where we were pre-Kawhi [Leonard], where people are overlooking us again, which is not a bad place to be in,” VanVleet said. “We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’ve got to get a lot better as individuals, and then we’ll go out there and see what we can do.”

There’s more out of Toronto:

  • The Raptors will start the 2020/21 NBA season in Tampa, playing in Amalie Arena, the home of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning. But the team’s first choice was apparently a different Florida hockey arena. Toronto preferred the Florida Panthers’ home arena, the BB&T Center in Sunrise, tweets Scott Soshnick of Sportico. However, they couldn’t agree with the nearby Heat on certain “stipulations” and ended up pivoting to Tampa, per Soshnick.
  • New Raptors center Aron Baynes is excited to bring his recently-expanded offensive skillset to a playoff contender in Toronto, according to Josh Lewenberg of TSN. “I’m just looking forward to coming in and playing with these guys, because I know what they’re all about,” Baynes said. “That’s what it is at the end of the day – we want to win and give ourselves the best chance to be able within shooting distance of getting that ultimate prize.”
  • Following his recent restricted free agency payday, Raptors big man Chris Boucher intends to maintain his hardworking ethos, according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun. “I’ve been in Toronto the whole summer just to make sure that I was working on my stuff and learning the game as much as I can,” Boucher said. “So it’s about the next step, and they always told me that and it’s be an everyday contributor, so that’s what we’re working on now.”
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6 thoughts on “Raptors Notes: FVV, 2020/21 Arena, Baynes, Boucher

  1. Sillivan

    Blazers and Jazz have better bench than suns
    Why didn’t Suns keep Baynes?

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      Doesn’t most of the NBA have a better bench than the Suns do? I don’t get all of this hype with Phoenix making the playoffs just because they have Chris Paul. He miraculously survived last season without getting hurt for the first time in years. I’d put the over/under on his games play next season officially at 58 1/2 which is probably too generous.

      • Little_Dunker_45

        Yeah more power to the guy but the odds are against him. The sun is setting on Phoenix…if you ask me

  2. mike.honcho

    Agree. It was either great luck that kept CP3 off injuries last season ……… (just had to say it) or after a long while, he was on a team that no one expected to compete or even make the playoffs.

    Let’s hope CP3 continues this aberration of a healthy streak – for himself and the long-suffering SUNS fanbase.

    I wasn’t sold much on the SUNS, when they went unbeaten at the bubble. The circumstances of compact games, playing each game as an elimination game, etc helped them some. People forget that the SUNS sucked (13th in the West) and was only invited to the bubble due to a statistical reach.

    SUNS did improve themselves much this offseason, which still doesn’t guarantee a playoff spot in the brutal West.

  3. El Don

    Facts can be such a bothersome thing, don’t they have the bad habit of getting in the way of peoples narrative?
    PHO was the best team in the bubble (RS) 8 – 0 FACT!

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