Lowry agrees to four-year deal with Raptors

Michael Grange joined James Cybulski on Connected to discuss the significance of the Raptors retaining the services of Kyle Lowry and what this means for the team.

Free agent point guard Kyle Lowry has agreed to a four-year $48 million contract to remain with the Toronto Raptors, according to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange.

Lowry was the Raptors’ top off-season priority after he led the team to the post-season for the first time since 2008, according to Raptors GM Masai Ujiri.

“It’s very important [to re-sign Lowry] in terms of continuity,” Ujiri said in May. “Kyle has had a phenomenal year. I thought Kyle was a huge, huge key to our season. For me, negotiating is easy if we want Kyle to be here and Kyle wants to be here.”

The 28-year-old had a borderline all-star 2013-14 campaign that saw him put together career-high numbers in points per game (17.9), assists per game (7.4), rebounds per game (4.7) and three-point field goal percentage (38 percent).

The Raptors point guard was an unrestricted free agent starting from 12:01 a.m. on July 1 and fielded an offer from the Houston Rockets before deciding to remain with the Raptors.

Lowry was first brought to Toronto in a trade with the Rockets in the summer of 2012 for Gary Forbes and first-round pick.

With Lowry locked up, the Raptors will now turn their attention to restricted free agents Patrick Patterson and Grievis Vasquez — two important pieces to Toronto’s turnaround following the Rudy Gay trade.

Earlier in the week, the Raptors traded John Salmons and a second-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks for veteran scoring guard Lou Williams and seven-foot Brazilian Lucas “Bebe” Nogueira, as well as pick up the option on reserve big man Tyler Hansbrough’s contract.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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