After executing a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies to bring in Rudy Gay, the Toronto Raptors are in pretty good shape moving forward. However, the Raptors still have decisions to make entering the 2013 NBA offseason.
Most notably the Raptors have a team option on the table for Kyle Lowry worth $6.2M. Lowry has been a good player for the Raptors since signing a deal to go north of the border prior to the 2012 campaign. In just one year with the club, the guard has averaged 12.2 points and 5.9 assists, but he has only started in 40 games this season.
Lowry was great with the Houston Rockets in a contract season as he averaged a career-high 14.3 points in 2011. While the Raptors didn’t get any career-bests from the guard out of Villanova, they still were able to have a guard who sees the floor very well and shoots over 40% from the floor. I didn’t expect the Raptors to extend Lowry when the team had Jose Calderon on the roster, however now that Calderon got dealt to the Detroit Pistons I think the team is sold on the 27-year-old.
Currently, the Raptors have over $65M on the books for the 2013-14 season with a bulk of it going towards DeMar DeRozan and Gay. With the faces of their franchise under contract for at least another year, the Raptors are going to have to focus on surrounding the two with talent. I like Lowry as an option for this team because he can start at point guard and produce without a large price tag attached to him.