Chill out guys, Masai Ujiri has a plan.

It would be wise to listen to Adrian Wojnarowski’s words, for they oftentimes come true. And he makes a lot of sense here. Why?

Miami and Houston don’t actually have enough cap room as of yet to bid on Lowry. The Heat would first have to forgo the Big 3’s bird rights, or have all three re-sign at lower prices immediately, before they have any useable cap room. For Houston, they’re waiting to bid on other superstars first, so Lowry’s down their list of priorities. The Rockets also need to find a taker for Jeremy Lin’s poison pill’s contract. Time is on the Raptors’ side here.

Of course, there are also other suitors to consider. Teams like the Lakers, Mavericks and Hawks have holes at point guard and enough cap room. They could conceivably chase Lowry too. So, we’re not out of the woods until he actually puts pen to paper.

Then again, the Raptors like Lowry, Lowry likes the Raptors, the Raptors have the money, opportunity and stability that Lowry’s never had before. As they say in the freshman mixer, “when you get a yes, you go home.”

5pm update

Apparently they’re very close and Miami won’t even get a chance to officially entertain Kyle Lowry.

https://twitter.com/alexfan590/status/483743685377789952

  • Louvens Remy

    The hawks have a PG.

    • DDayLewis

      They’ve tried to trade him a couple of times. Teague is pretty average, and a tad expensive.

      • WhiteVegas

        Hawks also have Schroeder. PG is super low on their priority list. They need a starting SF and I expect that’s where their cap space will go. Melo and Deng are high on their list.

      • truth be told

        Teague was 16-6 this year. For a team that lost Horford pretty early, I would say he had a good season.

        • DDayLewis

          I’m a bit biased. I don’t think Teague is even appreciably better than healthy Lou Williams. He was great in the playoffs though

      • asifyouknow

        Twitter a few minutes ago 6:51 est:

        Breaking from @michaelgrange: It’s just about a done deal. Kyle Lowry is remaining a member of the Toronto #Raptors.

        Is this guy reliable?

  • GLF

    Yea the hawks have teague and he played very well last season. Also they have other priorities as well. They are looking at Deng. Also both Mavericks and Lakers are looking to sign the Carmelos and Lebrons of the world I believe. So they have bigger priorities as well. I also don’t see Kyle leaving us for Lakers. Mavericks maybe but not Lakers.

    • Xtremenator1

      Why would he go to the west though, it wouldn’t be smart. If he indeed is looking to win a title, he should stay in the east as its much weaker than the west. I’ll take my chances in seven games in the finals over around 28 that it would take for him and his team to get teams like th Spurs and Thunder.

      • GLF

        VERY true! He isn’t winning any championships on Lakers or Mavericks

  • asifyouknow

    Miami rap has cooled down a bit so it will be interesting, some stuff about Houston but we will see.

    360 fm in espanol and ingles..I’m loving that station Toronto:
    Listen to Vasquez interview, my take:
    He said he loves the cultural diverse environment in Toronto, he loves the school system for his kids. he wants to stay here “BUT”… here is the talking points:
    He realizes this is a business and the deal has to be beneficial to both.
    The answer by Vaz to a direct yes or no question (proud of the host) about -if- he was going to take the offer was “Is questionable”
    He further explained that it CAN NOT be a one year deal- he made that very clear – It has to be a multi year deal. He wants to set roots in a place long term.
    That answer made me wonder if that is all Toronto wants from Vaz, In other words it sounds like Toronto doesn’t want to do a long term deal. I happen to believe they want Vaz as a stop gap guy for a year and not a 3 to 4 plan.
    This was a very telling interview if you read between the lines. Go and listen to it, if you know Spanish it probably be helpful but they do go from one language to the other often.
    https://soundcloud.com/360fm/g

    • Xtremenator1

      Vasquez will resign; or perhaps he will do a sign and trade?, and so will Patterson. Not worried about them.

    • mtds

      may I ask something?
      All this time, I’ve read how you say everyone’s gonna leave (esp the PGs) and how we are in rebuild mode.
      What happens if you’re wrong? Because just saying you were wrong isn’t enough. You’ve been going on and on how you know this and you know that. When in reality everybody here has a 50% chance of guessing correctly but you seem to be 99% sure he’s going and talk down to people that want him to stay.
      Please do not relate this to ‘oh no one wants to play for TO” because if you really knew how organizations work then you’d know it starts from the top and in the past players like Stoudmire, TMac, VC and Bosh all were under sketchy management. However for the first time in years we have a president of MLSE and President/GM of basketball operations working in unison together. No conflicts or interests and both parties just want to win. In terms of management we have one of the best top to bottom, Tim Leiweke is huge in the sports world, Masai is arguably one of the Best GMs (and in terms of scouting he is second to none) and (yes I am about to say this) Drake is a huge asset to our organization. For some reason all NBA players want to be rappers and rappers wanna be NBA players lmao! Tim saw this and used it to our advantage, so can you please bring up some valid points as to why he would leave? Esp if we offer 4 year at 40-48+? Yes he wants to win however he is also a father now, thats what made him mature as a PG. Financial security is something he has never had and it would be hard to walk away from that much money. Other teams want him to do the same as what he did for the Raps but for 4-6 million dollars LESS per year, that’s not very appealling. I just want to know why you just keep being such a pessimist instead of a realist looking at how Toronto is a viable option and its not 90% he’s leaving.

      Sorry for ranting lmao.

      • asifyouknow

        First this is not about players wanting to play for Toronto, that is a great city, last time I was there it was so clean I was afraid to walk on the sidewalk..lol..I thought I may get it dirty.
        “Esp if we offer 4 year at 40-48+?” …Hell yea he would stay for that he be an idiot if he did not…..lol….
        I’m doing an analysis based on everything that is happening in the NBA and all the chatter that is going on by players and teams, you do know that is how the well paid ESPN people do their thing don’t you :)
        So I came up with ..They are probably gone…I hope I’m wrong…

        • mtds

          “all the chatter?” How about the fact that Lowry refers to the Raptors and himself as US or the fact that we’ve seen that people have been just making shit up just to stir up the media aka the Ric Bucher report. ESPN? Seriously? This is the station that were talking about LeBron’s decision when HE didn’t even know where he was going .. ESPN is like TMZ, “according to my sources” “sources tell me” for all we know sources are his ideas.
          Media is media, if you’re just basing it on ESPN because they are paid well then that’s not really analysis lmao …how about looking into situation and actually looking at viable options. For example, if he wants to win another championship then he SHOULD stay in the East. Now who can pay Lowry AND still have a viable team?

          1. Raptors
          2. Heat but AFTER they figure out what they are going to do with the Big 3 (assuming LBJ stays)
          … thats pretty much it. OH yeah probably gone since it’s a two team race T_T makes perfect sense.

          Don’t say he’s going to the West because if he wants championships you have a better shot staying OUT of the hectic WC. Now if he wants money just money thats a different story, however he has stated winning is a huge factor. Not to mention he is ‘the guy’ in TO.

          ‘he would be an idiot if he did not’ Masai aint gonna low ball Lowry … it almost seems like we agree he’s staying then. End of discussion unless you actually bring up concrete numbers and, if that the case, I’m ready to do so.
          Either bring up numbers or stop being a negative Nancy and saying they are gone based on your ESPN assumptions.
          Also, Masai is a master at keeping things quiet, so if there ain’t Raptors news about Lowry then we already in the midst of getting him back. Book it.
          Ball’s in your court my dude.

          • asifyouknow

            Funny thing is that we agree in most things…..I don’t want to be a Debbie Downer but it does not look good. He is gone ..lets talk in a few days…lol..If I’m right you can buy me an imaginary Molson’s beer……lol

            • Johnson

              but you’re only saying that “i hope i’m wrong” because your a straight up pussy tho. you clearly have a very fragile ego and so you make statements like kyle lowry is 99.9% leaving, vasquez and patterson won’t re-sign and Masai is going to start tanking only because that is the exact opposite of what you actually want to happen. very simply, you are just setting up a win-win scenario for yourself because you obviously cannot handle total disappointment at all. if by chance lowry does leave you “win” because you will gloat and gloat to raptors fans about how right you were and you will think it validates your opinions/message board status. wow congrats. however, if lowry does re-sign (the most logical outcome btw) you still “win” because outside of your deluded reality you know that you really want lowry to re-sign and this is what is best for your favourite team (and, accordingly, your happiness). in this case you are “happy that you are wrong.” by doing this you avoid total heartbreak and you don’t allow yourself to get your hopes up. very childish and immature. a quality that nobody admires

              either way dude… you are a huge loser who is lame af…. just a stupid troll.

              Anyways.. Go Raptors! Sign that contract Kyle!

              • asifyouknow

                Ok I still don’t get the troll concept but as I always say at the end oh my blogs :
                -This is just a fans opinion and from what I understand everybody has one and I’m thankful for that.-
                So your opinion is well respected in my book. I’m am not having it both ways. My opinion is that they will be gone, my editorial if you will, but I know if they stay it would be good for the team so I hope I’m wrong.
                I don’t see how that is hard to understand. For the record if they stay, I WAS WRONG>>>PERIOD…lol

                • yesactuallyidoknow

                  you are so fucking stupid lmfao. im saying your opinion is bullshit not because of what youre saying necessarily, but mostly because it’s so painfully obvious that youre only saying theyre leaving because you dont want them to leave. youre just trying to not set yourself up for disappointment. therefore, if they do re-sign you can act like youre awesomely surprised and feel good about it. if you were to actually use your brain and think that theyre is a good chance all or most re-sign then if they left you would feel too depressed about it and couldnt handle it. i get it kid.. i used to do it when i was like 10 lol.

                  example: lets say in the last 10 years your parents have asked you each time what present you want for your birthday but only 7/10 times have they actually gotten you what you wanted. you were very disappointed and sad those 3 times that your parents did not get you your desired bday present. as a result, even though 70% of the time you have gotten what you wanted, you are so easily depressed by the chance of not getting exactly what you hoped for that you start to believe and tell everyone that youre 99.9% certain that your parents wont get you your desired gift for your next birthday. but then you say that “you hope youre wrong” because then that would mean you get what you want. the reality is that the majority of the time in this example your parents get you the gift you want but to avoid any chance of disappointment you do these mental gymnastics to make yourself believe the opposite is true (to an extreme) so that you can expect the worst if it happens or be set up to be delightfully surprised and joyful if you get what you want. gay. as. fuck. lol. that is why you are so eager to go on record with this and make it known that you will gladly admit “I WAS WRONG>>>PERIOD”

                  that being said….. i dont give a flying fuck if youre right or wrong dude. no one gives a shit actually. if lowry vasquez and patterson all dont re-sign i would still not think that your opinion was correct. it would just be coincidental. that is because your opinion is baseless. i just find it annoying that youre argument lacks substance (it’s not logical and it’s retarded) and you pretty much spam this pessimistic view all over the site. fuck off. that makes you a troll. not all trolls troll purposely… some people on the internet (like you) are just that freakin stupid and dont realize theyre trolls.

                  that is my opinion as well as pretty much everyone elses on RR.

          • asifyouknow

            k

  • Truth

    I did some research on “asifyouknow” apparently he is a troll paid by the media to talk shit on RR to inception raptor fans with the idea and fear that Lowry will be gone with zero grounds. Therefore no need to debate with such scumbags. He’s just doing what he’s paid to do. Realistically lowry brotherhood relationship with demar alone is half way he will resign. Go raps go

    • NameMatters

      Thank you for your input. But coming from a guy named “Truth” really stings the real Rap fans. Btw, where did you did your research?

      • Truth

        lol I wasn’t even thinking about that when choosing a name, I just want to speak the truth. I don’t want to elaborate too much here especially not to debate some non/casual raptor fan or some paid troll who spreads rumors. I can list 100 reasons why lowry will stay such as close relationships with GM, Coach, Teammates, future all star, winning environment, chemistry, unseflishness, great place to live, big city, big market, crazy good fans… just to name a few. what angers me are those relentless media rats kept pounding this situation with senseless bullshit like they believe if enough lies are spread, it will eventually become real. casual fans worry this is another TMAC, Bosh, Stoudmire, Vince situation, but real fans know this is nothing like it. expect lowry be a raptor by early morning time so we can all move on.

    • asifyouknow

      Truth please tell them to send the checks …I have not gotten one red cent yet…lol…My friend come on! You can come up with a better story than that ..Can’t you?

      • Truth

        Everything you’ve posted here have been dead wrong and yet you are 100% behind your bullshit, I don’t want to call you a retard out of respect because I don’t think you are that stupid. So the only logic explaination is that you are a paid troll work to stur shit up against the raps. Listen, there are happy fans, there are hardcore fans, there are worrisome fans, there are skepical fans, and then there’s you…

  • Homph Gomph

    Really helps that we’re not really making Lebron or Melo a priority. I’m sure Lowry will listen to the other offers. but if Masai pitches that we’re making a run for Durant when his contract is up, maaaaybe overpay Kyle just to sweeten the deal, I think he’ll stay.

  • Xtremenator1

    If Lowry ends up not signing (which would make me sad), who should they spend the rest of that 12 million on? What about Evan Turner who’s recently become a UFA? Put him at the SF postion. He may have not played well with the Pacers, but they’re team was so bad in the lockerroom towards the end of the season so I can’t blame him. He’s still a good player though, and perhaps they could sign Jameer Nelson for one year with the MLE? He’s a vet who’s still talented in his own right, and would be an upgrade defensively over Vasquez and Williams (I mean they gotta have some defense back there).

    Or perhaps they resign Lowry, Vasquez, and Patterson and use what’s left to go after Evan Turner? Guy won’t be making 8-10 million in the off season, and based on how Masai works he should be able to get him for 5-7 Million. Just comes down to if he wants to play here though.

  • asifyouknow

    Vasquez and his buddy having some fun about an hour ago:

    http://instagram.com/p/p4YtVZJA7x/

  • Kujo2020

    Lowry holds all the cards. I highly doubt he’ll verbally accept whatever offer Masai roles out after midnight. He’s going to weight all options, and hear from all suitors first before committing.

  • Mexiballer

    The best way for Lowry to get the best deal is to do exactly what he’s doing. Try and get as many bidders as possible…not show his cards…and scare the Raptors organization as much as possible to raise Masai’s opening bid. He and his agent are playing it perfectly. I say 85% he is a Raptor unless Miami’s big three all take a pay cut and are determined to get him. Then maybe he goes. But I doubt it.

  • asifyouknow

    Twitter a few minutes ago 6:51 est:

    Alex Seixeiro ‏@alexfan590 3m

    Breaking from @michaelgrange: It’s just about a done deal. Kyle Lowry is remaining a member of the Toronto #Raptors.

    Is this guy reliable?

    • RobertArchibald

      More reliable than you or any one of us here! No offence!

      • asifyouknow

        non taken…lol…ok so he knows something…

    • NameMatters

      Don’t see this tweet from Michael Grange
      https://twitter.com/michaelgrange

  • jakdripr

    So if it’s true and Lowry does end up staying, I guess the next order of business is praying his amazing season is a sign of what’s to come and not a flash in the pan.

  • Andre

    Ill be up waiting for the WORD!!! im sooo excited!!