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