In an interview he did with The Athletic’s Michael Lee, Lowry opened up about why he’s no longer holding a grudge about everything that happened in the summer.
Citing the fact DeRozan “made peace with it,” Lowry told Lee the commitment the Raptors made to him also made it hard for him to remain upset with the organization.
“They made a commitment and they secured me more money than I ever thought I would make,” Lowry said. “And yeah, I’ve proven it on the basketball court and I just continue to keep improving and that I’m worth the amount of money and salary that I make. The city has been great for me. The organization, I’ve made them let me be me.
“I’m not saying that in an arrogant way, but they gave me a chance. They didn’t have to pay me. I’ve done everything you wanted me to do. I’ve made the team get better and they’ve put me in a position where I’ve made them make a decision whether they wanted to keep me or not. They chose to keep me and I appreciate it.”
It also probably helps that the players that came back as DeRozan – and Jakob Poeltl – departed, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green, have helped the Raptors leap out to a red-hot, NBA-best 18-4 start. Lowry has played, perhaps, the best basketball of his career in leading the league in assists as he’s seamlessly taken a back seat to Leonard as the team’s main offensive threat.
As he told Lee, it’s something Lowry’s actively been trying to do this season for the good of the team.
“Me, how I am, I want to make sure [Leonard’s] comfortable,” Lowry said. “He’s the most talented player that we have. He’s our best player. He’s got a ring. Why not? Danny’s been great, too. Nothing is ever awkward because this is a small brotherhood. We all respect what we do.
“I feel people are always going to say something. All I can I do is keep it moving and eat. And make sure everybody else eats. I always want to help everyone else eat and if I help everyone else eat, I’m happy.”
With both him, personally, and his team flying high, there’s very little for Lowry to complain about these days, even without DeRozan by his side, and he acknowledges as such.
“Everything happens for a reason and that’s just how you have to look at things. Only time you really ask why is when you’re sick or someone passes away,” he said. “For me, it’s about winning championships. And if this is the situation that helps me win a championship, then I’m happy to be here.”