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The Raptors have never been more talented after trading for Kawhi Leonard, but they need Kyle Lowry to stay on track and quickly embrace change, which he hasn’t always done.

VANCOUVER — When former Villanova assistant Billy Lange — one of the few men Kyle Lowry has ever trusted — left for a better opportunity, Lowry didn’t speak to him for six years. In Houston, when Lowry’s former coach, Rick Adelman, was replaced by Kevin McHale, he had a hard time adjusting to the latter’s rigidity. Early last year, he struggled to find his way in the Raptors’ revamped, egalitarian offense before getting on board.

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Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri has spent several years building the team into one of the league's elite, and it's thanks in large part to his ability of retaining big stars like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

Ujiri was able to prove that the Raptors are capable of keeping and/or landing top-tier players, despite the ongoing theory that NBA superstars don't want to play in Canada. Lowry and DeRozan both re-signed with the Raptors on two different occasions, rather than seek a trade or test free agency.

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If Jimmy Butler's reported trade request last week came as a surprise to you, don't worry, you weren't alone. Even Butler's Timberwolves teammates were apparently caught off guard by his decision. During a recent interview, Taj Gibson, who was teammates with Butler on the Bulls and often works out with him in the offseason, said the news came like a "right hook."

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LOS ANGELES: LeBron James warned Los Angeles Lakers fans not to expect an immediate challenge to the dominance of the Golden State Warriors as the NBA superstar addressed the media for the first time here Monday (Tuesday in Manila).

The 33-year-old four-time NBA MVP joined the Lakers in July on a four-year $154 million deal which was sealed just weeks after his Cleveland Cavaliers were beaten by the Warriors for the third time in four years.

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Almost all of the 30 teams in the NBA have found themselves in a situation in which they could erase a choice in which management either signed a free agent that did not pan out as hoped or made an agreement with another club to swap players, hoping that a new home would reap benefits. It is easy for fans and media to sit back and critique these moves months or years after they have taken place, but to be honest, there have also been a few doozies that were obvious flops right out of the gate.

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The line of excoriation started to the right.

No luau pig was roasted as thoroughly as the Bulls were on Draft night 2017, after they traded Jimmy Butler and the 16th pick overall to the Timberwolves for Kris Dunn, Zach LaVine and the 7th pick overall in the first round. The conventional wisdom was that Minnesota was not only getting the best player in the deal, but the Bulls weren’t getting anyone of significance in return. Meanwhile, the Wolves were putting together a contender in the rugged West, with Butler joining Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins to form a potential triple-headed hydra that could be as good as anyone’s outside of Oakland.

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