Lowry agrees to deal with Raptors

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Kyle Lowry  isn’t going anywhere. Not to Miami or Houston or Los Angeles or anywhere else.

Lowry is returning to the Toronto Raptors on a four-year, $48 million deal, as first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Targeted by contenders around the league in free agency, including the Miami Heat, Lowry will return to lead a Raptors team that broke through last season, winning the Atlantic Division earning home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

Lowry’s deal has an early termination option after the third season, giving him the chance to become a free agent after the third season of his new deal.

The Raptors had to hold on to their starting point guard and catalyst. Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri declared Lowry priority No. 1 in free agency and made good on his words by keeping the leader of his team in the fold, even after Lowry became the hottest point guard on the free agent market.

Lowry averaged 17.9 points and 7.4 assists last season, helping guide the Raptors to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.

34 Comments

  1. kstein13and1 says:

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    Lowry doing his best Chris Brown gang sign salute?

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  2. lacrampa says:

    this free agency gives me cramps

  3. TheKush says:

    Congrats to Lowry! Definitely deserving! I personally think Demar DeRozan is a future hall of famer! and I like Greivis Vásquez coming off the bench! The Raptors need to retire Vince Carters jersey when he retires! I expect both DeRozan and Lowry will have their jerseys retired there in the future as well.

  4. rasalan says:

    My buddy that’s a Raps fan had to call me at 6AM to tell me this news. Good signing by Toronto. And to the Heat fan saying this doesn’t affect them because they can trade for Lowry obviously doesn’t know Miami only has Napier and NCole on contract so how exactly are they gonna make a trade work?!?

  5. charly says:

    iam happy the raptors sing this giant of a player, now we can become areal contender to win it all.

  6. Toronto Fan says:

    Excellent!

    Lowry is a thrill to watch. Toronto loves you, Kyle!!!

  7. A 3.8 on the Richter Scale ? says:

    There was an earlier 3-point-something with the news of Gortat deciding to stay.

    Are they only minor ‘local’ tremors, or are they adding up to a quake in the south-lands ?

    Ariza would get the most blame if he becomes the (eventual) catalyst that triggers it. Brace yourself !

  8. Ed says:

    Very happy with this deal. Congrats to Kyle Lowry and the Raptors.

  9. Ed says:

    Paul Pierce has to stay in Brooklyn because I want the Raptors to turn the table on the Nets and send them home in the post season. I wanted Jason Kidd to be on the sidelines watching it happen too

  10. harrythehawk says:

    I like Lowry, respect him for staying with his home team, but the Raptors still need to up their game. Making the 1st round playoff was good but I want to see them do even better this year. The Hawks trade I guess was a start. Keep going.

  11. perro says:

    Well im glad for the Raptors fans but even so that the Heat didnt get him^^

  12. pacersbandwagon says:

    there goes another player miami wanted, man this free agency killing me

  13. LBJKIN6JAMES says:

    The Heat will be fine. Nobody actually expected that the heat would get Lowry. There was no way the Heat could afford him.
    Good news for the raptors tho. [We The North] #NorthernUprising

  14. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    Loyalty in sports? In Toronto?

    Good for Kyle, he stayed and build with the Raps even though he got a chance to play for a contender. Respect.

    Looking forward to see this exciting young team!

  15. adios says:

    say goodbye to James…other teams now going nuts chasing after james now…

  16. pej says:

    Love to hear Lowry is staying in Canada!

  17. Kaoticstyles says:

    The Raptors Should sign VC Vince Carter to Come a starting small forward

  18. bodjee says:

    Is he recruiting Vince Carter?

  19. Chase says:

    During the first games of the 2013-2014 season I wasn’t so sure Lowry was really ready to be a starting point guard, but there was a sudden and distinct change in his approach to the game that made me a believer that he really could be the guard we all hoped he would become.

    I’m ecstatic that he chose to stay in TO!

    Thank you Lowry!

  20. wooderson says:

    yeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss! raps are going to be favourites in the east!!!!

  21. Billy says:

    One of my favorite players, even when he was playing for Houston. No flashy stuff, just the down-to-earth and give-it-all style that capture the hearts of basketball fans…..Go job!

  22. Rich Cole says:

    LOYALTY! We the North!

  23. Basketball Jones says:

    THIS IS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Buco says:

    Thats one Loyal player!!
    So happy he is back cant wait for this season to start

  25. Mohammad says:

    Great move by Masai Ujiri. However, there is not much talk about other UFA joining the raptors. As a tactical move, great. Keep any legitimate point guard, center away from the Heat. Good job Mr Ujiri

  26. Brian says:

    THANK GOD

  27. bballjunkie1 says:

    Now what are u going to do Riley? Better get Luol Deing, dont think Phoenix will part with Bledso. James maybe walking cause alot past their prime players, a point guard that can’t create is not going to beat whoever comes out of the west, Is it true that “the truth” Paul Piece may leave for LA with Doc?

    • WestCoastRapFan says:

      “A lot” is two words.

      They could trade for Rondo or any one of the other point guards in the league. No one who knew this situation thought Lowry would leave TO for less than a $4-5mil a year difference in his salary. He probably turned down $14m a year from Miami or some other team.

      Miami could get Pau Gasol, Jameer Nelson or anyone else. Also, let’s not forget they made it to the finals 4 years in a row. They need to tweek. San Antonio will legitimately be too old next year to contend like they did this year.

      • SMH says:

        people always say that about san antonio. smh

      • Huh..? says:

        People have been saying that about the Spurs for the past 3 years and 2 of those years a good portion of their roster had relatively little playoff experience. With Pop managing the minutes, they’ll be able to get back to the Finals with their current roster.

      • koudrus says:

        Keep on wishing! San Antonio is labeled old every year. You should have learned by now not to underestimate this team. By the way Dwayne Wade doesn’t get any younger either. And his jumshot is suspect, to say the least.

      • taekayo says:

        The Spurs have actually gone younger the past years. Sure you have the Big 3 and Diaw. But everyone else still has to hit their prime. Pop have put a lot of trust in these players that Tim, Manu and Tony are able to rest well during the season, and even in the finals. The scary part would be if Kawhi, Green, Tiago and Patty are able to carry a bigger load of work next year. If they don’t need to play their Big 3 that much because the younger players can play at a high level, then San Antonio would be a more dangerous team than they are this year.

      • Dave says:

        The Spurs have been “legitimately too old” for the past 5 plus seasons. Give it up already they are the most consistently successful team in the league.