Apr 30, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) prepares to shoot a free throw against the Brooklyn Nets in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Brooklyn 115-113. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Raptors say re-signing Kyle Lowry 'very important'

For a few weeks in February, it seemed as if Kyle Lowry‘s short tenure with the Toronto Raptors was coming to an end.

As one of the more in demand players on the trade market and his pending free agency looming, moving Lowry seemed to be a likely situation. But the Raptors winning ways halted any potential move and Lowry remained with the club past the deadline.

Now set to become a free agent, Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri stated the importance of re-signing Lowry.

“It’s very important,” Masai said of re-signing Lowry. “Negotiating is easy for me if we want Kyle here and Kyle wants to be here”

Lowry comes off a deal that was paying him over $6 million dollars a season and he’ll likely be requesting a raise, so it’s possible Lowry’s upcoming deal could begin annually upwards of $8 million.

Assuming the Raptors are willing to pay that type of coin, it seems as if the two parties may find middle ground on a new deal.

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