2014 NBA Free Agency: Toronto Raptors Keep Their Man, Re-Sign Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry has been linked to just about every team that has any kind of money to spend in NBA Free Agency. After turning in an All-Star worthy performance for the Toronto Raptors in the 2013-14 season, the point guard has been one of the hottest commodities on the market thus far. However, it appears like the rest of the league’s effort was all for naught.
According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, the Raptors and Lowry have finally reached an agreement on a four-year contract that will reportedly pay the point guard a combined $48 million. Wojnarowski also reports that the deal will include an early termination option after the third year.
Lowry and his agents had been in contact with the Miami Heat and countless others since free agency officially got underway on July 1. There was even talk that the Raptors might have to throw a fifth year on a proposed contract to Lowry in order to keep him from leaving town. That obviously ended up not being necessary to get a deal struck between the Raps and Lowry.
The 28-year-old point guard was lights out in Toronto this past season and a big part of why the team was able to find their way into the postseason. In 79 games, Lowry put up 17.9 points, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 36.2 minutes per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the floor and 38 percent from three.
Lowry had long been a guy with a load of potential that had never fully put it together. After the Rudy Gay trade changed the landscape in Toronto, Lowry was able to assume a more dominant role and thoroughly excelled in doing so. Now the Raptors are looking to take the next step in their progression as a team and retaining Lowry was obviously a big part of that plan. All that remains now is how well that plan will look in action.