Masai Ujiri has said (tweet1, tweet2)  that he’s going “full force” after Kyle Lowry.

“We’ll go for talent in the draft, but Kyle Lowry is our target and we’ll try to get that done”, said Ujiri.  Having averaged close to 18 points and 7.5 assists, and more importantly, been the unquestionable leader of the Raptors, Lowry is the Raptors’ #1 off-season priority.

Although Lowry has publicly stated that he loves the Raptors situation, interest from Miami has made Raptors fans nervous to a degree, but Ujiri’s remarks show full intent of not letting Lowry go easily.  Alternatives to Lowry leaving are not promising and no matter how much we brace ourselves for a potential exit, his departure is sure to leave a void which could hurt the near and long-term prospects of the franchise.

On the pod this week, we suggested that his relatively modest $28.8 million in career earnings might give the Raptors an edge, considering they own his Bird rights.  Given the lack of teams with cap space, this puts the Raptors at an advantage at getting Lowry’s signature on the dotted line, considering he’s yet to receive a big NBA payday, and he’s short of the age when players tend to give up money for a chance to be part of title-contending sides.

  • Homph Gomph

    This actually makes me feel a bit better. Still bracing for impact since you know, Raptor fan and all, but it’s still nice to see Ujiri actually say we’re going all in for Lowry.

  • WhiteVegas

    Sounds like if we go PG in the draft it has more implications for bringing back Vasquez (or de Colo), and no implications for Lowry. Glad to hear it.

  • Rap fan 2

    In other words … Show him the money!! The Raptors may end up being the highest bidder. Or, he signs with the team that fits him best. Which could still include the Raptors.

  • Rap fan 2

    The problem for Kyle going to teams like Miami and the Lakers is that you kind of become the flavor of the month. You are great one day and expendable on another. Especially in Miami where you have Lebron James’s Entourage sticking their noses in the executive head offices.

    • Rap fan 2

      Wow, looks like Lebron James is forcing the Miami Heat to open up the wallet book. The NBA offseason just got a lot more interesting. The Raptors might or might not have a more competition retaining Kyle’s services.

  • nathan

    I’m pretty convinced Lowry will stay, likely he and his agent are milking Ujiri for every last penny

  • Ken

    lack of teams with cap space?? there’s PLENTY of teams with enough space for lowry…. i’d be weary in giving him too much, he has a history of only showing up in contract years!

  • Lyall

    Kyle isn’t going to Miami; hands down. Stop talking about it, stop thinking about it, stop dreaming about it, stop thinking of dreaming of talking about it. Lebron is opting out so why go to Miami? HEEHAHAHAHA!