The fate of the 2014-15 Toronto Raptors lies in the hands of Kyle Lowry and whether the team can re-sign the 28-year-old guard to a new deal this summer.
When asked about Lowry prior to “Madiba: An Evening Honouring Nelson Mandela” on Thursday night, head coach Dwane Casey was optimistic over a deal being reached to keep Lowry a Raptor for the foreseeable future, per Josh Lewenberg of TSN 1050:
Lowry was also in attendance that evening, but according to Lewenberg, he continuously dodged questions about his upcoming free agency. He did, however, have some kind words to say about general manager Masai Ujiri, the man responsible for the event:
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In 79 games for the Raptors during the 2013-14 regular season, Lowry averaged career-highs in points (17.9), rebounds (4.7), assists (7.4) and minutes (36.2). The team finished with a record of 48-34, earning the second Atlantic Division title in franchise history. They were eliminated by the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the NBA playoffs in a thrilling seven-game series.