dglobalnews.com All-star point guard Kyle Lowry to re-sign with Toronto Raptors — NewsAlert
Published: Mon, July 03, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

All-star point guard Kyle Lowry to re-sign with Toronto Raptors — NewsAlert

All-star point guard Kyle Lowry to re-sign with Toronto Raptors — NewsAlert

Plus, the market hasn't exactly unfolded in Lowry's favour and a return to the Raptors seems inevitable at this point.

The athletic big man's deal, which can't be finalized until the NBA's moratorium on free agent signings is lifted on Thursday, is reportedly worth US$65 million. I was not born in the jungle. "The answer is yes".

Winderman also notes that if the Raptors lose point guard Kyle Lowry in free agency, they might be more willing to let Ibaka go to jump-start a rebuilding process. Meanwhile, P.J. Tucker, the other big acquisition the Raptors snagged at last season's trade deadline, will depart for Houston, having agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract. At various points over the past year, Lowry had been considered, at least by some fans and media members, a candidate for a max contract.

Redick has been to the playoffs every year in the league.

"I'm coming back to Toronto because my heart is telling me that it's home - and because staying home, for me and my family, feels like the right thing to do", Lowry wrote.

Now that's been proven.

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As for his salary, the $21 to $23 million he will receive ($20M in year one, $21M in year two and $23M in year three, according to Spotrac.com) is right around what he's worth based on the current National Basketball Association landscape.

Over his eight-season career, Ibaka has averaged 12 points and 2.4 blocks per game.

"His style of play fits our style of play", Raptors coach Dwane Casey said when the trade was made.

It's unclear how much interest there really was outside of Toronto.

The Raptors also won over 50 games in each of the last two years, the only time this feat has been accomplished in its history.

Ibaka didn't call out any reporters specifically, but as Bleacher Report noted on Saturday, this week ESPN's Zach Lowe discussed the topic during an appearance on BR's "The Full 48" podcast. Ibaka spent his first seven NBA seasons in Oklahoma City, helping the Thunder reach the 2012 NBA Finals against Miami.

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