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NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — The Utah Jazz are looking for shooting help and they’ve found it as they’ve acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from the Toronto Raptors.
With the Raptors recently extending point guard Kyle Lowry, the team was looking to unload salary, as Novak is set to make $7.2 million over the next two years. The Jazz will send back a future second-round pick.
The 31-year old Novak is an eight-year veteran who can help stretch the floor for the Jazz as they already have a good nucleus of front-court players like Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, and Jeremy Evans.
After finding consistent playing time with the New York Knicks, Novak quickly fell out of favor in Toronto, as he averaged just 10.0 minutes per game and averaged 3.3 points per game.
Despite the limited playing time, Novak still remains a deadly shooter from the 3-point line. In 54 games for the Raptors last season, Novak shot .426% from 3.
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Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NBA) — With NBA free agency less than 24 hours away, ESPN is reporting that the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks have agreed to a trade that would send John Salmons to the Hawks and Lou Williams to the Raptors.
ESPN.com is reporting that the Hawks will waive Salmons and pay him only $1 million as opposed to paying him $7 million this upcoming season.
The Hawks are clearing up cap space so they can be more aggressive in free agency as well as ensure future flexibility with the cap.
The Hawks are projected to now have $15.5 million in cap space, enough to make a move this offseason to upgrade the roster.
The 34-year-old Salmons has played 12 NBA seasons, and spent just one season with the Raptors where he averaged 5.0 points in 60 games this past season.
Meanwhile Williams, 27, is a nine-year NBA veteran who specializes in being the main scoring option off the bench. This past season he averaged 10.4 points per game.
Williams and Salmons were teammates together on the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2005-2006 season.
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Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After some surprise success this season, the Toronto Raptors have rewarded head coach Dwane Casey with a three-year contract extension, according to The Toronto Star.
In his third season in Toronto, expecta…
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Toronto Raptors 103 (Nets Win Series, 4-3)
San Antonio Spurs 119 – Dallas Mavericks 96 (Spurs Win Series, 4-3)
NHL Playoffs: Chicago Blackhawks 4 – Minnesota Wild 1 (Chicago Leads …
Elsa/Getty Images(TORONTO) — Paul Pierce was brought to Brooklyn for veteran leadership and clutch plays this offseason and delivered in Brooklyn’s 104-103 win in Game 7 against Toronto.
Pierce only had 10 points, but blocked Raptors guard Kyle Lowry …
Elsa/Getty Images(BROOKLYN) — The Brooklyn Nets and Toronto Raptors have played many close games in this best-of-seven first-round series. This wasn’t one of them.
Deron Williams had 23 points, five rebounds and four assists to lead the Nets past the …
Claus Andersen/Getty Images(TORONTO) – Kyle Lowry scored 36 points as the Toronto Raptors held off the Brooklyn Nets 115-113 on Wednesday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.
Toronto led by as many as 26 point…
Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NHL Stanley Cup First Round Playoffs: New York Rangers 2 – Philadelphia Flyers 1 (Rangers win series, 4-3)
Minnesota Wild 5 – Colorado Avalanche 4 OT (Wild win series, 4-3)
Los Angeles Kings 5 – San Jose Sharks 1…
Al Bello/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry added 22, as the Toronto Raptors evened their first-round playoff series at two games apiece by beating the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 Sunday night.
The Nets took the lead …
Elsa/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each hit two clutch free throws down the stretch to help the Brooklyn Nets fend off the Toronto Raptors, 102-98 Friday night, to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven first round playoff se…
Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs – First Round: Brooklyn Nets 102 – Toronto Raptors 98 (Nets lead series, 2-1)
Chicago Bulls 100 – Washington Wizards 97 (Wizards lead series, 2-1)
Houston Rockets 121 – Portland Trail Blazers 11…
Getty Images/Hemera (NEW YORK) — NBA First Round: Indiana Pacers 101 – Atlanta Hawks 85 (Series tied at 1-1)
Toronto Raptors 100 – Brooklyn Nets 95 (Series tied at 1-1)
Washington Wizards 101 – Chicago Bulls 99 OT (Wizards lead series, 2-0…
Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A poor moment of judgement has forced the NBA to fine Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri $25,000 for his comments during a pep rally prior to the team’s playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday…
Claus Andersen/Getty Images(TORONTO) – The Brooklyn Nets acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett for moments like these.
Pierce scored nine of his 15 points in the fourth quarter, Garnett stepped up defensively during crunch time, and the Nets to…
Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images(TORONTO) — Carmelo Anthony had 30 points, eight rebounds and three steals to lead the New York Knicks past the Toronto Raptors Friday night, 108-100.
Amar’e Stoudemire had a season-high 24 points and 11 rebo…
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Sweet 16 – Midwest Region: (2) Michigan 73 (28-8) – (11) Tennessee 71 (24-13)
(8) Kentucky 74 (27-10) – (4) Louisville 69 (31-6)
East Region: (4) Michigan State 61 (29-8) – (1) Virgini…
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Indiana Pacers 84 (52-20) – Miami Heat 83 (48-22)
Charlotte Bobcats 116 (35-37) – Brooklyn Nets 111 (37-33) OT
Phoenix Suns 99 (43-29) – Washington Wizards 93 (36-35)
Toronto Raptors 99 (40-31) &…
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament – Midwest Region – First Round: (16) Cal Poly 81 (14-19) – (16) Texas Southern 69 (19-15)
(11) Tennessee 78 (22-12) – (11) Iowa 65 (20-13) OT
NBA: Boston Celtics…
Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA: Brooklyn Nets 96 (33-30) – Miami Heat 95 (44-18)
Denver Nuggets 120 (28-36) – Orlando Magic 112 (19-47)
Sacramento Kings 115 (23-42) – Philadelphia 76ers 98 (15-49)
Toronto Raptors 101 (36-27) &n…
Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — Top 25 Men’s College Basketball: (2) Arizona 79 (27-2) – Stanford 66 (18-10)
(8) Villanova 73 (26-3) – Marquette 56 (17-12)
(14) Wisconsin 71 (24-5) – Penn State 66 (14-15)
(20) Iowa 83 (20-9) – Purdue 76 (15-14)