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Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry
said Tuesday the value of the contract offers and the ability to
compete for titles will be crucial to his decision as an unrestricted
free agent this offseason.
“Money talks, and years talk,” Lowry told reporters. “… At the end of the day, I want to make
sure my family is taken care of for generations.”
He added: “I want more
Eric Koreen of The Athletic noted that Lowry will not be retiring.
Lowry, a 2006 first-round pick of the
Memphis Grizzlies, has played for the Raptors since 2012, when the Villanova product was
acquired in a trade with the Houston Rockets.
The 35-year-old Philadelphia native has
become one of the best players in Raptors history, highlighted by
helping lead the team to the 2019 NBA title alongside Kawhi Leonard,
who left after capturing the championship to join the Los Angeles
The point guard remained in Toronto, but after
reaching the conference semifinals last year, the Raptors faded to a
27-45 record and missed the playoffs this season.
Lowry wouldn’t commit
to staying with the organization, saying “decisions will be
“Toronto is a home to me.
Obviously it’s a great situation for me,” he said.
The six-time All-Star was a popular
focus of trade rumors leading up to the deadline in March, frequently
being linked to his hometown 76ers, but he wasn’t dealt in the end.
Now he’ll have the opportunity to
survey the free-agent market to see which team can offer the best
combination of financial value, championship outlook and his role
within the squad.
Lowry should have plenty of suitors as
he’s remained productive in his mid-30s. He averaged 17.2 points, 7.3
assists, 5.4 rebounds and 2.8 threes while shooting 39.6 percent from
beyond the arc in 46 appearances during the 2020-21 campaign.
The Sixers remain a team to watch in the Lowry pursuit as
they look for a potential backcourt partner for Ben Simmons, while
the Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks are among the teams that figure
to seek point guard upgrades this summer.
That said, it wouldn’t be a total
surprise if he ends up back in Toronto if the front office offers a
competitive contract offer.