Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry is expected to opt out of the final year of his contract to become a free agent this summer. The latest buzz revealed that Lowry may consider leaving the Raptors if they fail to make a deep playoff run this season.
The backcourt duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan helped the Raptors enter the playoffs for three consecutive years. Last season, they managed to make franchise history and enter the Eastern Conference Finals. Though they fell short against the Cleveland Cavaliers, some people believe that it’s only the start of the Raptors’ road to their first NBA championship title.
Toronto Raptors will be fine even without Kyle Lowry
The Raptors went through ups and downs in the 2016-17 NBA season. In the final regular season game before the All-Star break, Lowry suffered a wrist injury. He underwent a wrist surgery to remove loose bodies that kept him out for 21 regular-season games. Fortunately, his absence didn’t affect the Raptors’ performance and won 14 out of 21 games.
In his return, Lowry immediately made an impact and dropped 27 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds in the Raptors’ 105-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons. As of now, they are in the third spot in the Eastern Conference and could face the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs. The outcome of the 2016-17 NBA season will be crucial as it may affect the decision of their players who will become a free agent this summer.
Kyle Lowry leaving the Toronto Raptors in free agency?
Kyle Lowry is expected to test the free agency market this summer and could possibly demand a maximum contract. Though he prefers to stay in Toronto, the 31-year-old point guard may consider leaving if they fail to make a deep playoff run this season. In a past interview with The Vertical, Kyle Lowry hinted the possibility of entertaining other offers if the Raptors don’t make a quick move this summer.
“If you’re that franchise’s guy, and you’re the guy that they’ve been rolling with, and you’ve given that franchise everything you have, yeah, I think [the talks] should be easy,” Lowry told The Vertical. “I think it should be a situation where a guy shouldn’t have to talk to another team. DeMar didn’t have the chance to talk to another team. For me, I think that at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 – something should be close. If not, I’m open to seeing what else is out there.”
According to Mason McFee of Sir Charles In Charge, the Raptors have a history of messy splits with their stars, including Vince Carter, Chris Bosh, and Tracy McGrady. However, McFee believes the same thing won’t happen with Lowry. His strong relationship with DeMar DeRozan may help the Raptors re-sign Lowry in the upcoming free agency.
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