Kyle Lowry’s offseason decision was made last week when he made a verbal commitment to resign with the Toronto Raptors for a 4-year/48 million contract. It was made official today in front of the media as the Raptors held a press conference to announce the signing at Real Sports Bar & Grill in Toronto.
“This is awesome,” GM of the Raptors, Masai Ujiri said to start the presser.
“For us, to have a fighter, a bulldog, everything that you want to name; a leader. Somebody that went through growing pains, and came back here a changed man, to fight for the Raptors. And played the way that he played,” Masai described Lowry.
The 28 year old point guard signs the biggest contract of his career after averaging career highs in points per game (17.9), assists per game (7.4), minutes per game (36.2); in his 2013-2014 contract season. Lowry had made 6.21 million last season with the Raptors.
“This is awesome (I gotta steal it),” Lowry echoed Masai, thanking the fans in attendance for their support and appreciation.
“The process–it was a process I’ve been thinking about for a long time,” Lowry said complimenting the first-class Raptors organization. “I wanted to be apart of that, for me just coming back here and wanting to do something special. Everyone says ‘Toronto can’t do this, Toronto can’t sign back their own’–I just proved that wrong, I’m back.”
“For me it’s about winning, this is just the start,” Lowry said. “this is just the start for the Toronto Raptors, and us–now it’s really us. We were motivated by last year.”
Kyle Lowry was a coveted free agent during this NBA offseason filled with potential franchise changing players, he met with various teams, and made his own decision at the end of the day to return to the Toronto Raptors.
“The process was a difficult one, but at the end of the day it was an easy one, it was the best one,” Lowry said. “At the end of the day it was easy, it was easy to come back here, Masai really made it easy.”
“I didn’t want to wait for everybody else. I’m not going to wait for this guy to make a decision, I wanted to make my own decision.”
Kyle Lowry’s play on the court quickly made him into a fan favourite last season as he helped lead the Raptors to their first playoff appearance since 2008—which the team ultimately lost in the first round to the Brooklyn Nets in 7 games.
“To be able to have a team that I can be able to call my own, and a city and a country that I can call my own. I’m proud and happy to be a Toronto Raptor,” Lowry said.