The Toronto Raptors had a fantastic 2013-2014 season.
The Raptors got off to a poor start but after trading forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, they turned things around. They finished the season 48-34 and won the Atlantic Division. They then came up just short in a seven-game series loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the postseason.
To reach new heights, the Raptors will first have to start by retaining point guard Kyle Lowry, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent.
According to Ryan Wolstat of The Toronto Sun, Lowry wants to return to the Raptors next season, but it is no sure thing.
“It’s fantastic. Those guys are very supportive and they take on everything, they were talking about it like it was their event,” Ujiri said. “We are a family and I love those guys, I appreciate that they would do that for me.
Lowry refused to talk about what comes next for him — “honestly, this is not the time for me to talk about free agency, because this event is definitely not about my free agency, it’s about Nelson Mandela and Masai’s foundation,” he said — but his presence said a lot.
“He asked about it and I said yes without giving a hesitation,” Lowry said. “Masai’s such a great man, he’s so honest and up-front, people love that … It’s about supporting Masai, and his foundation and what he’s giving back. About supporting people who are supporting me.”
Lowry averaged 17.9 points, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while sooting 42.3% from the field, 38.0% from beyond the arc and 81.3% from the charity stripe for the Raptors last season.