Report: Kyle Lowry, Raptors agree to one-year contract extension
NBA.com Global on Oct 07, 2019 08:33 PM
FILE - TORONTO, CANADA - NOVEMBER 29: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors is introduced before the game against the Golden State Warriors on November 29, 2018 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA.com staff report
The Toronto Raptors have made sure Kyle Lowry's stay with the franchise lasts just a bit longer.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Raptors and Lowry have agreed to a one-year, $31 million contract extension that will keep him from entering next year's free-agent market. Lowry, who last signed an extension with the Raptors in 2017, has spent the last seven seasons in Toronto.
Per Wojnarowski, Raptors president Masai Ujiri, GM Bobby Webster and Lowry's representation had been motivated to complete an extension for several months. Over the weekend, the sides closed in on a deal that allows Lowry to stay with the franchise he's wanted to complete his career.
"We are so appreciative of how Masai and Bobby handled every aspect of this negotiation," Bartelstein told ESPN. "Once again, they displayed how they look after their players in a first-class manner, especially someone like Kyle who they recognize has such a legacy with the franchise."
In keeping Lowry in the fold, it gives Toronto a solid player to count on as it tries to figure out its next course of action this season and beyond. While Lowry will not be on the free-agent market next summer, veterans Marc Gasol, Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka are all in the final years of their respective contracts. Additionally, reigning Kia Most Improved Player winner Pascal Siakam will also be a free agent next summer. Per recent reports, Siakam is seeking a max contract extension from Toronto.
Another thought on Lowry extension: 2020 crop is quite underwhelming. 2021 was always the year to make a potential free a next splash anyway for Raptors. Giving Kyle another year makes sense for all.— Ryan Wolstat (@WolstatSun) October 7, 2019
There had been a lot of speculation inside the league about whether a one-year extension would satisfy both sides here. Interesting landing spot that keeps basically every option open for Lowry and the Raptors. https://t.co/ENp95NNW8A— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_NBA) October 7, 2019
Over the summer, Lowry took part in the U.S. Men's National Team training camp before his right thumb injury forced him to pull out of participating.
Lowry is the Raptors' all-time leader in steals and 3-pointers made and ranks second in assists while placing in the top 5 in several categories including points scored, games played and free throws made. He is a five-time All-Star and was named to the All-NBA third team in 2015-16.
The 2018-19 season began with him averaging over 10 assists per game through his first 23 games before lingering injuries brought upon a shooting slump that saw him held scoreless on Dec. 9. Through it all, Lowry remained steady, earning his fifth consecutive All-Star appearance as he ended the season averaging 14.2 ppg and 8.7 apg, the latter ranking second in the league behind Russell Westbrook.
In Toronto's run to the 2019 NBA championship, Lowry was solid throughout that span. He averaged 16.2 points, 4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game in The Finals, coming through with 26 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and three steals in the Game 6 series-clincher.