Kyle Lowry wants to stay with the Toronto Raptors and considering what he has given the team, he deserves that opportunity.
With the 33-year-old in the final year of his contract, Masai Ujiri and company are going to have to make a decision on whether they want to offer him a new deal. One thing we know for sure, Lowry is open to staying.
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He is currently training with USA Basketball to prepare for the FIBA World Cup even though most NBA players have decided to focus on the upcoming NBA season or are injured. This has put the spotlight on the point guard as one of the top players in camp for Team USA and the topic of future came up when talking to reporters.
Lowry isn’t the type of player to hide his feelings and he recently hired a new agent which signals that he is preparing for what could be one of his final contracts.
"“I want to be there — I would love to do a long [term] extension, but we’ll see what happens,” Lowry told reporters.”I would love to be there long term, but we’ll have that discussion when the time is right.”"
There will be a lot of questions with the Raptors this season after Kawhi Leonard decided to join the Los Angeles Clippers but appear to be ready to move on and considering how Ujiri and Nick Nurse have reacted to not having the NBA Finals MVP next season.
When it comes to Lowry, this will be a big season for him to show that he still has something left in the tank if he is looking to secure a long term deal (most likely for three years).
The Raptors will probably have room to fit Lowry in if they decide to let Marc Gasol go and possibly Serge Ibaka because they have to think about Pascal Siakam‘s next contract. There will also be the talk about going after Giannis Antetokounmpo if he makes it to free agency.
Regardless, the Raptors would be doing themselves a big favour to make sure they give Lowry the ending he wants in Toronto because he deserves it. He was the last remaining member of the core that was labelled as not good enough and scored 26 points against the Golden State Warriors in Game 6.
He is a leader for the team and has been an ambassador for this organization since being acquired back in 2012;
You can only hope there is a resolution to this that is beneficial to both the Raptors and Lowry because this team and the fanbase shouldn’t have to deal with another tough departure.
What do you think the Raptors should do with Lowry? Is he worth re-signing or is it now worth it? Let us know in the comments below.