Myles Turner, Deandre Ayton on Raptors’ radar

They have certainly sniffed around the big man market in recent seasons. Toronto engaged Dallas about acquiring Kristaps Porzingis for Goran Dragic and the first-round pick ultimately sent to San Antonio for Thaddeus Young. The Raptors registered interest in Rudy Gobert this summer, sources told Yahoo Sports, although there was never a serious approach from Toronto. Myles Turner and Deandre Ayton have been two other centers on Toronto’s radar, sources said. And former Raptors center Jakob Poeltl, who left the franchise with DeMar DeRozan as part of a 2018 offseason blockbuster to land Kawhi Leonard, remains a target of Toronto’s front office, as Yahoo Sports reported in December.
Sources: Jake Fischer @Yahoo! Sports

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Eric Koreen @ekoreen

By the way, for tea @Shams Charania report, the Suns aren’t likely to have any cap room this summer, but could acquire a whole bunch if they ended up trading, say, Ayton to a team with cap space and taking nothing but picks back. – 10:40 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

“I don’t have a problem about tonight. I thought the guys hard. Although it was by 30, we’re working on us and we know the pieces that are missing, but we played hard. We started off the game pretty well, just got to finish.”
Deandre Ayton after #Suns loss at #Grizzlies. pic.twitter.com/WbdmfzkljU12:26 AM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

“I didn’t look at the play. I was there. I know exactly what happened.”
Josh Okogie as he took an elbow from #Suns teammate Deandre Ayton in 1st half and didn’t return.
Okogie had nine points (3-of-5 on 3s) in nine minutes. He said he does n’t know if it’s broken or not. pic.twitter.com/dYhKGZUzyK11:53 PM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

Final: MEM 136, PHX 106
Bridges: 21 Pts, 7 Asts, 8-16 FGs
Ayton: 18 Pts, 5 Rebs, 8-11 FGs
Saric: 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast
Morant: 29 Pts, 7 Ast, 11-20 FG
Suns are now 6-18 since the start of December – 8:26 PM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

End of 3Q: MEM 107, PHX 88
Bridges: 21 Pts, 7 Asts, 8-16 FGs
Ayton: 18 Pts, 5 Rebs, 8-11 FGs
Saric: 10-5-4
Morant: 29 Pts, 7 Ast, 11-20 FG – 7:58 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Bridges block of Morant drive.
Ayton inside. #Suns down 18. – 7:51 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Morant finishes over Ayton, FT. #Suns down 22. – 7:50 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Morant around Landale.
Has 24 and now 7 dimes after that feed to Aldama for 3.
#Suns down 19 as Ayton FTs. – 7:49 PM

Kellan Olson @KellanOlson

Two terrific passes by Ayton off the double coming when he’s fronted. He has to get rid of it right away and throw it in the right spot and he has. – 7:30 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

#Grizzlies 68 #Suns 65 Half
PHX: Ayton 12, Bridges 12 Team: 7-of-18 on 3s.
MEM: Morant 17 Bane 14. Team: 9-of-20 on 3s.
Ayton and Bridges 11-of-13 FGs.
Rest of Suns: 13-of-30.
Bridges took one FG in 2nd quarter (5-of-5 FGs in half).
Rebounds: MEM 23 (7 offensive) OHX 15. pic.twitter.com/Ln2iKMeVKm7:29 PM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

Halftime: MEM 68, PHX 65
Bridges: 12 Pts, 5 Asts, 5-5 FGs
Ayton: 12 Pts, 6-8 FGs
Okogie: 9 Pts, 3-5 3P
Morant: 17 Pts, 6-13 FG, 5-8 3P – 7:12 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Ayton jump hook from some distance. #Suns down four.
Holding for one shot.
Got one plus foul as Bridges hits crazy leaning one legged, one handed banker over Adams.
ft extension #Suns down one. – 7:10 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Okogie down.
Looks like Ayton caught him with an elbow.
Blood.
Towels. Heading to locker room.
Adams was called for a foul, went under review, common foul for Adams. #Suns7:03 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Ayton inside. Has 8 on 4-of-6 after going 5-of-18 for 11 points Friday at #Timberwolves.
#Suns up four. Timeout #Grizzlies with 5:46 left in the 1st half – 6:57 PM

Gerald Bourguet @Gerald Bourguet

End of 1Q: PHX 36, MEM 29
Bridges: 9 Pts, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 4-4 FG
Ayton: 6 Pts, 3-5 FGs
Saric: 5 Pts, 3 Ast
Bane: 12 Pts, 4-5 FGs
Suns close 1Q on 19-7 runs – 6:38 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Ayton found Bridges on cut.
At the rim, Bridges tries to kick it out to Lee for 3.
Turnover.
A guy who’s 4-of-4 should be hungry to go 5-of-5.
#Suns up 33-25 as Landale hits FTs. – 6:34 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Ayton jump hook off Bridges feed off screen and roll. Got Williams on switch. #Suns up nine. – 6:32 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Ayton going with catch-and-shoot so far. #Suns up 29-22 after Lee 3.
Timeout #Grizzlies

PHX: 11-of-15 FGs 3-of-5 on 3s. – 6:28 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

This is looking like the last time they played each other.
Saric behind the back dime to Ayton.
#Suns up 15-9.
Last game, they led 20-13 early. – 6:20 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin
#Suns starting lineup:
Landry Shamet
Mikal Bridges
Torrey Craig
Dario Saric
Deandre Ayton – 5:36 PM
Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Deandre Ayton from beyond halfcourt. #Suns #MLKDay2023 #MLKDay #NBA pic.twitter.com/rXTPYK0oG35:17 PM

Duane Rankin @DuaneRankin

Deandre Ayton please. #Suns #Grizzlies #MLKDay2023 pic.twitter.com/Fq784GEST35:16 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA

Bucks beat the Pacers 132-119. That’s the second straight game that the Pacers have given up 130+ and their fourth straight loss. They are 23-22.
TJ McConnell had 29 points, and Myles Turner had 30. But the Pacers defense wasn’t good. 39 in the 4th for Milwaukee, who hit 23 3s. – 4:53 PM

Tony East @TEastNBA

30 points for Myles Turner. Impressive return from injury. He’s 11/15 from the field. Pacers still down 3, though. They need some defesnvie stops to win. – 4:38 PM

Scott Agnes @ScottAgness

Bucks are having their most productive quarter. Pacers need to get stops and get running.
Myles Turner drains another 3, his fifth, and has 30pts in his first game back from injury. – 4:37 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm

The Bucks’ defense continues to play well.
Jordan Nwora with a deflection as Grayson Allen fought off the post-up of Myles Turner and the Bucks force a turnover.
Bucks up, 110-107, with 7:04 left. – 4:34 PM

Eric Nehm @eric_nehm

Whoa. It wasn’t clean, but Grayson Allen just tried to dunk with two hands on Myles Turner, got blocked, but still put it off the glass and in.
Wild play. – 4:08 PM

Jim Owczarski @Jim Owczarski

Myles Turner is now up to 20 points for the #Pacers and is 4 for 5 from behind the three-point line. – 3:52 PM

Scott Agnes @ScottAgness

New story on Pacers center Myles Turner playing today in Milwaukee, detailing what kept him off the court for the past 3 games and the pain he was in:
“It’ll be days, not hours,” Carlisle said.
fieldhousefiles.com/p/back-spasms-…2:31 PM

David Locke @DLocke09

Top Pick and Roll Screen Defenders
(min 535 picks – 40 bigs qualify)
1.Anthony Davis
2. Joel Embiid
3. Daniel Gafford
4.Stephen Adams
5. Hartenstein
6. Jarrett Allen
7. Porzingis
8. Mitchell Robinson
9. Myles Turner
10. WALKER KESSLER
11. Rudy Gobert – 12:21 AM

Scott Agnes @ScottAgness
#Pacers Myles Turner (back spasms) not on the court again for his usual shooting time, which is no surprise.
Rick Carlisle said yesterday it would be a tough ask for him to play tonight. – 5:00 PM

More on this storyline

Scott Agness: Myles Turner is back today after missing the past three games with back spasms. Mathurin remains in the starting lineup for Haliburton. 2:30pm ET tip in Milwaukee. -Street Twitter @ScottAgness /January 16, 2023

Scott Agness: Myles Turner and Goga Bitadze are both questionable for Monday at Milwaukee. Giannis, Holiday and Portis are probable. Middleton, Ibaka, Ingles are out. 2:30pm ET tip time. -Street Twitter @ScottAgness /January 15, 2023

Marc Stein: The Pacers say Myles Turner (back spasms) is out tonight against Memphis. -Street Twitter @TheSteinLine /January 14, 2023

Bobby Marks: Trade restrictions have also been lifted for: MIL: Bobby Portis, Jordan Nwora, NYK Mitchell Robinson, OKC: Luguentz Dort, ORL: Mohamed Bamba, PHX: Deandre Ayton, POR: Jusuf Nurkic, Anfernee Simons, TOR: Chris Boucher , WAS: Bradley Beal -via Twitter @BobbyMarks42 /January 15, 2023

Bobby Marks: More players with trade veto power: MIL: Wesley Matthews, Serge Ibaka, Jevon Carter, MIN: Nathan Knight, NYK: Ryan Arcidiacono, OKC: Mike Muscala, PHI: James Harden, PHX: Deandre Ayton, Bismack Biyombo, POR : Drew Eubanks, WAS: Bradley Beal -via Twitter @BobbyMarks42 /January 15, 2023

Duane Rankin: “He’s got to continue to play with force and attack people. When he fades, teams are reading that. He’s got to understand that teams have that on the scouting report. When he goes with force, he gets people off of him.” Monty Williams on Deandre Ayton (5-of-18 FGs in #Suns loss) pic.twitter.com/IU7hhuT7Uv -via Twitter @DuaneRankin /January 14, 2023

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