Raptors Tie Lowry Down To One-Year Extension
One of the most important players in last season’s NBA season has signed a contract extension with the Toronto Raptors.
Kyle Lowry was one of the star players for the Raptors throughout the season and has finally stopped talks around his long term future in Toronto by signing a contract extension.
According to reports doing the rounds, Lowry and the Raptors have agreed on the one-year contract worth $31 million. The extension ensures that the Raptors will no longer be fearful of the five-time All-Star leaving at the end of the season, and instead he will be playing in Toronto through to 2021.
Meanwhile, Lowry’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, was pleased with how the negotiations went. He told ESPN: “We are so appreciative of how Masai and Bobby handled every aspect of this negotiation. Once again, they displayed how they look after their players in a first-class manner, especially someone like Kyle, who they recognize has such a legacy with the franchise.”
Lowry joined the Raptors in 2012, and the 33-year-old is about to start his eighth season with the franchise.
Meanwhile, the Raptors president had no qualms about the legacy that Lowry would leave behind. He said: “What he’s done for this city, for this ball club, is remarkable. You all know: We’re sitting here, there’s many of you here, you all know when we sat down here six years ago, and we would never write this script, this way, in any form of dreams. And this is where it is. I’m proud of him for that.”
Lowry made 65 regular-season appearances last season and averaged 14.2 points, as well as a career-high of 8.7 assists per game. He also appeared in every one of the Raptors games on their way to the championship, as he made 24 post-season appearances. During this time he averaged 15 points per game, 6.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds. The pick of the games came in game six of the finals as he scored 26 points along with ten assists.
The NBA champions are currently in Japan for pre-season games, but Lowry isn’t expected to meet up with his teammates until they return to Canada.