Updates from Thursday, July 10
The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have re-signed free-agent point guard Kyle Lowry to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.
'We made it known that our top priority heading into the offseason was to re-sign Kyle,' said Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri. 'He was a key to our success last season and we are delighted that he wants to be here in Toronto to help us continue to build a championship program.'
Raptors Republic on Twitter provided Lowry's response to the new deal:
"People say Toronto can't sign their own free-agents. I just proved that wrong" - Lowry— Raptors Republic (@raptorsrepublic) July 10, 2014
"I'm not done. I got bigger plans. I'm only 28. I've got plenty of years left in the tank. This is just the start." - KL— Raptors Republic (@raptorsrepublic) July 10, 2014
"The driving factor [for re-signing] was winning. I knew the money was going to come." - Lowry— Raptors Republic (@raptorsrepublic) July 10, 2014
Eight-year veteran point guard Kyle Lowry has signed a four-year deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski provides details on Lowry's signing:
Kyle Lowry has agreed to a 4 year, $48M contract to stay with Toronto, sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2014
Lowry's deal will including an ETO after the third year of the contract, source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 3, 2014
Lowry announced his signing on Instagram:
He finally came into his own during the 2010-11 season with the Houston Rockets, averaging 13.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game as a full-time starter.
That was only the beginning.
Last season, Lowry put up career bests in all three of those categories with the Toronto Raptors. He started 79 games and averaged 17.9 points, 4.7 rebounds and 7.4 assists per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and a career-high 38.0 percent from downtown.
Kyle Lowry shot a better percentage on twos and threes than John Wall, yet still shot a lower overall percentage? http://t.co/QjXl1WUzXZ— Taco Trey Kerby (@treykerby) May 27, 2014
Lowry's surge can be attributed to his work ethic. He's consistently striving to improve—a trait that goes back to his childhood, according to a tweet from Hoops Hype Canada:
That determination showed in Toronto.
Lowry was instrumental in the Raptors' most successful season in over a decade. His presence gave the team the necessary tools to compete with experienced, star-studded squads, and he led the team in both assists and steals per game.
Not only did Lowry look great during the regular season, but he was stellar during Toronto's playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets. A tweet from NBA TV really sums it up:
Coming off of his career season, the 28-year-old Lowry will have an immediate impact at the point guard position. A top-shelf starter, he not only has the skill set to flourish, but the endurance to remain on the court for the long haul—he averaged a career-high 36.2 minutes per game in 2013-14.
Retaining Lowry makes Toronto's backcourt a major strength going forward. With his ability to score from the outside and create open looks for his teammates, expect the Raptors to light up scoreboards in short order.