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2014 Free Agency, Latest News / Jul 1, 2014 / 3:23 am

Report: With Contenders Looming, Raptors Might Offer Lowry Five-Year Deal

Kyle Lowry

Kyle Lowry (John E. Sokolowski, USATODAY Sports)

It seems that Masai Ujiri’s pitch to Kyle Lowry won’t be enough to get the point guard to immediately re-sign with the Toronto Raptors. It’s hardly Ujiri’s fault, though; the market for Lowry is just that fierce. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Raptors are considering offering Lowry a five-year contract to persuade him to re-up with Toronto.

A fifth year of guaranteed salary should be of great interest to the 28 year-old Lowry. He’d be 33 and past his prime by the deal’s end, surely netting him an additional several million dollars of salary in 2018-2019 compared to hitting free agency again in the prior summer. As proprietor of his Bird Rights, the Raptors are the only team that can offer Lowry a five-year deal.

With championship contenders circling, though, perhaps Lowry will part ways with Toronto after all. He’s recently gone on record to express his desire to play for titles as opposed to playoff berths, and teams like the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat offer a surefire means to that spike in quality. Earlier tonight, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports confirmed the long-held assumption that the Heat are interested in Lowry.

The Raptors have a good thing going north of border and seem prepared to offer Lowry an extra year of financial security if that’s what it takes to retain him. The question now is if that matters as much to him as a realistic chance to play for championships in the immediate future. Only Lowry knows for sure, and given the news that he plans to talk with the Heat in the morning, he seems genuinely undecided.

Will Lowry re-sign with the Raptors?

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  • 2cents

    I get it, that a free-agent wants to see what’s on offer. It’s like any other normal person, hunting around for the best company they want to work for. But as a GM/Toronto player, do I really want to keep a player who isn’t dedicated 100% to the team he currently on? Would love to have Lowry stay, but don’t think over paying him is going to help Toronto in the long run. In fact, I’d rather see Toronto go after Eric Bledsoe and perhaps over pay him a little. A back court of Derozen and Bledsoe would be pretty scary.