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Report: Raptors to make strong early push in free agency to keep Kyle Lowry

Jun 30, 2014, 1:28 PM EDT

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The Toronto Raptors do not want to lose Kyle Lowry — he was their second leading scorer at 17.9 points a game, he dished out 7.4 assists a game, grabbed almost five rebounds, and he did it all very efficiently (true shooting percentage of .567 and a team-high PER of 20.1). Plus he played good defense and his attitude in the locker room was improved (at least for a contract year).

A number of other teams want him for those same reasons — Miami, Houston, the Los Angeles Lakers and others are reportedly targeting him.

So the Raptors are going to make an early run when free agency opens at midnight to head those other teams off, reports Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo Sports.

Of course, this all comes down to money — Toronto is expected to offer more than other teams, in the $12 million a year for four or five years range.

If other teams come in at $10 million would Lowry take less to move stateside (particularly to states with no state taxes such as Florida or Texas.

Lowry has played his way into options, but he’s a good fit on a pretty good team up in Toronto.

  1. darrenjamesmorgan - Jun 30, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Why would Masai have to wait until midnight to talk to Lowry? He is technically still Toronto property until then, so if the goal is to get him signed before he can really get into discussions with the other teams, that could have been done – or at least the process started – long ago.

    • sportsstar4u - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      While he can talk to Lowry (until his contract expires), Lowry can’t sign a new deal until tomorrow (July 1). The article is saying they want to lock him up (with signature on paper) prior to Miami / Houston get involved.

      • spursareold - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Can’t happen. While you can court FAs starting midnight 1 July, they can’t be signed by anyone until the league does it’s books for last year, and determines an EXACT salary cap number. I think it’s usually 6-7 days.

      • dablakdrphil - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:55 PM

        Teams can start talking to free agents at midnight. During that time players can only give a verbal agreement. After July 8 that’s when teams are able to sign their free agents to the contracts they verbally agreed to

    • borderline1988 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Who knows. Likely Lowry wanted to see what other offers there are before negotiating with Toronto. Even if he wants to stay in Toronto, he doesn’t have much to lose by waiting to see if there’s a bidding war for him and therefore force Toronto to pay more.

      Players generally extend early when they are RFAs, and generally don’t extend early when it’s their first shot at UFA.

    • sportsstar4u - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Also, I’m sure Lowry wants to see what else is out there. If someone better than Toronto will offer max money, I’m sure he’d head that way.

      Should be interesting. I’d love to see Lowry in LA with Kobe (because they will strike out with Lebron and Carmelo)…but even that isn’t as enticing as even Toronto.

  2. zoomy123 - Jun 30, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    There’s only one thing we know about Kyle Lowry: He will not be Toronto next year.

  3. therealhtj - Jun 30, 2014 at 5:37 PM

    If history teaches us anything, it’s unrestricted free agents with other options don’t resign in Toronto. Sorry Rap’s fans.

  4. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:51 AM

    I reckon he’d look great in a mavs uniform

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