The Toronto Raptors have been one of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season. They have won the Atlantic Division and can clinch the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a win over the New York Knicks or a Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Charlotte Bobcats Wednesday night.
The biggest reason for their turnaround has been the play of Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors flirted with the idea of trading Lowry but decided to hold on to him and it has really paid off.
Lowry will become a free agent in the offseason and is almost certainly going to cash in.
According to Cathal Kelly of The Globe and Mail, Lowry will get what he wants from the Raptors in free agency.
Understand this: Money will not be the factor that keeps Lowry from re-signing. Years will not be the problem. He will get what he wants. If he quits the light in Toronto to step into the shadow of Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony, it will be a judgment on the city. MLSE has gone so far down the road to planning a future with Lowry that, were he to leave, he would be derailing the train.
For a whole bunch of reasons – not least of which is the mental health of anyone who watches the Raptors play – Lowry has to re-sign.
Lowry is averaging 17.9 points, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.