Toronto Raptors Rumors: A Name Change in the Future?

By Ryan Heckman
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The Toronto Raptors could be in for a very eventful offseason, and already have made a giant move in bringing in Masai Ujiri to be the franchise’s new general manager. Having not competed for the NBA Playoffs in what seems like forever, the Raptors could be in line for a few more changes.

Of course, one of the biggest changes could be trying to move forward Andrea Bargnani and his not-so-lovable contract he carries by ball and chain. Potential suitors at this point include, well, no one. It may wind up being a buyout situation for Toronto if they cannot make it happen.

One of the more interesting rumors regarding the Raptors, via Yahoo Sports, is the possibility of a name change. The report suggests that the team made the decision to name their franchise in part because it occurred around the time that Jurassic Park was released in the mid 1990’s – sparking a sudden interest in a dinosaur-themed label.

On the potential to change the name, CEO Tim Leiweke had this to say:

“We’re definitely going to take a look at it. It doesn’t mean we’re committed to it. It means it’s a good conversation. I saw those generic uniforms today in the paper. That won’t be the uniform, by the way. I can assure you of that. I think we need to have this conversation.”

While this could be entertaining and a way to get fans more excited about basketball in Toronto, the Raptors and Ujiri are going to have to do far more than just this in order to bring winning ways north of the U.S. border.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior NBA writer for also contributing to the NFL. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google.



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