Raptors sign free agent point guard Kyle Lowry to four-year extension | Toronto Sun

The Raptors had been extremely confident after meeting with Lowry and representative Andy Miller earlier this week. However, one member of the organization said that as confident as the franchise was at retaining Lowry, until he actually signed on the dotted line, no one could rest easy. They can get some sleep now, even if nothing can become official until midnight on July 10, when the NBA’s needlessly long moratorium period finishes. Attention can now shift to retaining restricted free agents Patrick Patterson and Greivis Vasquez, both of whom were acquired in the Gay trade. The Raptors can match any offer. Vasquez has said he would be “heartbroken” not to return, but Lou Williams was recently acquired in a deal with the Atlanta Hawks and there are only so many back-court minutes to go around. Patterson enjoyed his stay, but has been less committed to a return. Lowry was an unrestricted free agent, available to the highest bidder and Patterson, for one, had made it clear he wanted him back. “He sacrifices his body on every single play and he plays with a lot of heart and passion,” Patterson said. “If Toronto wants to get better in the future, have someone to build around and be the key, the glue for the basketball team, what better person to start with than Kyle?”

Raptors send message to NBA with Lowry deal | Sportsnet

The deal includes an out after three seasons for Lowry and makes him the eighth-highest point guard in the NBA this coming season. It is more than the Raptors originally wanted to pay. As it was clear that Lowry was the primary engine behind the Raptors surprising 48-34 season the hope was that they could get Lowry on a relatively short three season deal worth $30 million. By the time Lowry had led them to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons while averaging 17.9 points/7.4 assists/4.7 rebounds and finishing eighth in the NBA in WinShares – a catch-all measurement of overall on-floor contributions – it was clear his price had gone up. Even then the Raptors were hopeful they could get Lowry signed for four years and $11 millon. But when the NBA’s free agency period opened July 1 at midnight there were teams competing for his attention. Foremost among them was the Houston Rockets, who offered Lowry the chance to return to his previous NBA home and join a lineup featuring Dwight Howard, James Harden and possibly Carmelo Anthony. That they would likely have needed to convince the Raptors to participate in a sign-and-trade deal – probably centred around Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin and a future draft pick – made it unlikely as the Raptors were not going to help facilitate Lowry leaving. They needed to send a message to the NBA that they could keep their own players.

Kyle Lowry Agrees to a 4-Year, $48 Million Deal to Stay in Toronto | Raptors HQ

This was a big moment for Ujiri and Tim Leiweke. The front office has made a conscious effort to shake off the image of the Raptors as being a feeder club that is unable to retain its stars once they’re able to test the waters of free-agency. There was always a danger that the perceived need to be aggressive — to change the image of the club — could lead to the organization overpaying Lowry. But the team has struck a good balance here between sending out the message that it’s willing and able to keep its stars (Lowry’s still going to be making good money) but that it’s not willing to compromise the future by doing so. It’s also worth nothing that the salary-cap is set to increase over the next few years and if Lowry does decline at the back-end of his contract, his salary won’t seem like such a big hit on the cap overall.

Common sense prevails as Raptors lock up Lowry | Toronto Sun

Lowry gives this team its edge. He’s not Kevin Garnett getting in a guy’s face and using intimidation to get an opponent off its game. He’s not Kevin Durant either with that elite skill level that teammates expect will carry them to victory. No, Lowry is a competitor plain and simple. He has skill and he can get nasty in his own way, but most of all it’s his will to win and his confidence that has taken this Raptors team to another level. You see it throughout the lineup. Whether it was staring down the Minnesota bench in a game he took over or any other number of nights, DeRozan had a swagger this year that he has not had in the past. Part of it obviously was the success the team was having but a big part of it was what Lowry brought. You can call it bulldog or pitbull, but Lowry gave this team a fight and belief in itself it didn’t have before.

Lewenberg: Lowry agrees to new deal with Raptors | TSN

“I love this place,” he continued. “I love the situation. It’s simple as that.” For that very reason his return was hardly in doubt, though Raptors’ fans are generally conditioned to hope for the best and fear for the worst. The Raptors’ front office, coaching staff and even Lowry’s teammates remained confident a deal would get done throughout the process but he did have other viable options to consider, given his desire to compete for a championship and his status as this summer’s most coveted point guard. Bringing him back, amid the long-time perception that players don’t want to be in Toronto, is a major coup for a Raptors’ franchise that is determined to change their culture under the leadership of Ujiri and MLSE boss Tim Leiweke.

Kyle Lowry is set to stay in Toronto with a four-year contract, which sounds about right | Ball Don’t Lie – Yahoo Sports

The Toronto Raptors are taking a calculated gamble, one that seems perched about partway between “trade an endlessly-chucking Rudy Gay for a series of expiring contracts” and “draft a kid nobody has heard of with the 20th pick in the draft.” The team is rewarding point guard Kyle Lowry, who has yet to make an All-Star team, with a four-year, $48 million extension. The agreement was first reported by Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Lowry should have made the Eastern All-Stars last season, his best NBA campaign thus far. He coupled dogged play on both sides of the ball with a willingness to listen and not break the plays sent out by coach Dwane Casey, who was also working in the final year of his contract. The worst case scenario is that Lowry will relent to his old ways now that he’s finally cashed in on a major payday, and that the leader of the sometimes whisper-rich Raptors will cut off the team’s ascension. The best case scenario? The Raptors are paying a borderline All-Star guard through his prime, someone they can rely on to act as the face of the franchise while pushing the team’s younger players into bigger and better things.

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry Contract Grade | HoopStuff

Yes, this is a pricey contract, but there were a number of teams going after him and if 12 million per season is the amount they had to pay to keep their star point guard, then it was money well spent. Lowry was one of the most coveted free agents on the market, but more vitally to the Raptors, is one of their 2 best players, 1 of the 2 guards in their 2 star guard starting five along with All Star 2-guard DeMar DeRozan. These 2 are the foundation of this team, are the 2 players responsible for taking them to the playoffs and almost the 2nd round and they had to keep their duo together.

Kyle Lowry agrees to 4-year, $48 million contract to stay with Raptors | SBNation.com

With so much seemingly going right in Toronto, it’s not surprising that both sides want things to continue. While Lowry could’ve discussed deals with other teams, including one rumored suitor in the Miami Heat, returning to the Raptors seemed practically inevitable once the two sides showed interest in a deal. While Lowry has had a reputation for bumping heads with his coaches in the past, issues never arose with Dwane Casey in Toronto. He fit nicely next to the team’s wing rotation featuring DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross, plus he could have another nice complement next season if Lou Williams is healthy. In 2013-14, Lowry averaged 17.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists while shooting 42 percent overall and 38 percent from three. He’s also considered a solid, physical defender and helped spearhead the team’s improved defense last season.

Kyle Lowry agrees to four-year extension to stay with Raptors | New York Post

Raptors coach Dwane Casey has called point guard Kyle Lowry “our engine, our spirit, our toughness.” Well, the tough, spirited engine is staying in Toronto. Lowry and the Raptors have reached agreement on a four-year free-agent contract extension worth $48 million with an opt out after the third season, the point guard’s agent, Andy Miller, confirmed Wednesday night.

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  • afrocarter

    That Masai Wolf of Wall Street gif is the greatest thing ever

    • TheSpiceTyrant

      Matty D and Jack in the background … Nice way to start the morning

      • Stephen

        Holy crap, I was watching that in awe for a full minute and hadn’t caught that before now.

    • DL1119

      novak’s still standing all the way at the back on that 3pt line.

    • Nilanka15

      I’ve been laughing non-stop for a good 7 minutes.

    • jjdynomite

      Hansbrough screaming behind the Massiah is the best.

  • Bo4

    Next is Patrick Patterson, I hope. Greivis Vasquez is now a long-shot. Nando can replace him sufficiently. Maybe there’s a surprise yet to come, eh, Masai …?

    • Matteemo

      We’ve got potentially 16 players right now (which is one more than we’re allowed to have), depth chart looks like:
      JV, Noguiera, Hayes
      Amir, PPatt, Hansbrough, Daniels
      Ross, Fields, Novak, Caboclo
      Demar, Williams
      Lowry, Vasquez, De Colo

      So at least one player won’t be back, if rumors of us using our remaining space under the luxury tax to sign a small forward are true then we can expect either two of our players with QO’s not to be picked up or else there has to be one more deal in the works.

      It will be very interesting to see where we go from here. The good news is we have no reason not to believe in Masai’s ability to make the smart move.

      • Matteemo

        Of course the other option is that we stash Noguiera, Caboclo or Daniels somewhere else for this season… I have no idea what the plan is there, but it is weird that Daniels wasn’t named to our summer league roster

        • afrocarter

          Daniels for sure will be deposited in the D-League, per reports.

          • Bo4

            In order to get Kelly Olynyk & Cory Joseph, I`d be willing to give up any combination of Louis Williams, Chuck Hayes, Dwight Buycks, Terrance Ross, Greivis Vasquez, Landry Fields, Julyan Stone, Steve Novak & any future draft choices! Then I would wait for Andrew Wiggins to finish his first contract …

            • jjdynomite

              Our homegrown, 3&D young gunner “Terr[e]nce Ross”… for Olynyk and Joseph, both of whom hardly showed much growth as last season wore on?!? Take off your red-coloured glasses, or stick to watching the Argos. Damn, glad you aren’t Masai.

              • Bo4

                1) Terrance does nothing else well, and is NOT a top 8 basketball player on this team, already. 2) Kelly is a far better basketball player. I would trade TR to get KO without hesitation. 3) My glasses are via stats, which are more realistic than your rose-coloured hype. Making a highlite on the news at 11 does not mean a thing if the team lost the game. 4) Terrance has to become allot better, or he will be replaced next summer in the rotation. I would not have him in it this fall … Finally, I really do believe that we are both entitled to our individual opinions.

                • jjdynomite

                  It is lame to make pronouncements like Olynyk is a “far better basketball player” and offer no stats to back it up. So here’s one: how then did T-Ross have 4.2 Win Shares vs. 2.9 for Olynyk, both in their year-22 seasons? Fact: Olynyk is a weak rebounder and can’t block the ball worth shit for a 7-footer — tell me why do we want another Bargnani on our team?

                  If, for example, you mentioned trading for the now-expendable Cody Zeller of the Hornets or Ray McCallum of the Kings we might actually begin to have a dicussion. Too bad they’re not Canadian. Eh.

            • Thomas Smith

              You to wait till he finishes two likely because of restricted free agency. Not to mention there is no guarantee he will want to play in Toronto after 7 years on a different team.

  • dunkmycat7

    They did exactly what they had to…
    They got their guy, got him @ a reasonable price (hard to believe I’m saying that out loud but that IS the reality of the NBA), and sends a Great message to the rest of the league.
    TIME TO WIN.NOW !
    Next up ”
    LOVE, MONROE, DENG…. ?
    Pedal to the metal Masai.
    Still hate that POS 20th pick though :)

    • jjdynomite

      Why hate something you — or none of us — have absolutely no clue about, to wit, Bruno Mars? We have T-Ross, why pick up a lesser clone like Rodney Hood when you can swing for the fences?

  • Jensan

    Team needs passion, and a trade of Hayes, Fields, hansborough + S & T go GV for Chandler and j McGee + W. Chandler.
    KL / Lou Williams/De Colo
    DD/ Vince (MLE)/
    TRoss/ Wilson Chandler
    Amir Johnson/ PP/ hansborough
    JV/ J. mcGee
    BeBe/ Deandre Daniels/ 1 st round pick
    76 million for 15 players
    There is a squad that can challenge for the East

    • Bo4

      I think the 5 that matter right now are LUCAS, JONAS, DEMAR, KYLE & LOU. That leaves 10 players fighting for 3 rotation spots: TYLER, Bruno, Amir, Chuck, Patrick, TERRANCE, NANDO, Dwight, Steve & Greivis.

  • keith

    ahem…..memememememe….mememememe….lalalalala…fofofofofo….(deep breath)………..

    Suuuuuuuuuuuuuckit Windhorst! Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuckit Windhorst! Suckit Windhorst! Suckit Windhorst! Suckittttttttttt Windhoooooooooooorst!

  • Thomas Smith

    Apparently someone at RaptorsRepublic doesn’t know the difference between “resign” and “re-sign.” Hyphen people.

  • Dev

    Also realizing he said he wants to play for a ship, he must actually really believe we’re close in the east, and that’s also important IMO. Also calling it now, were gonna split the regular season series with Miami which is going to be big mentally for guys like Amir and demar and undoubtably kyle