Lowry, Siakam among seven Raptors out for season finale vs. Pacers


Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) works the ball up the floor during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

The Toronto Raptors will be without several regulars for their season against the Indiana Pacers Sunday.

The team has ruled Kyle Lowry (rest), OG Anunoby (left calf), Rodney Hood (left hand), Pascal Siakam (left shoulder), Fred VanVleet (left hip), Yuta Watanabe (right ankle) and Paul Watson (left knee) as out for the game.

Lowry, 35, is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He finishes his ninth season with the Raptors having averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 assists in 46 games.

Siakam is completing the first year of his four-year, $130-million contract. The 27-year-old averaged a team-high 21.4 points per game and 7.2 rebounds over 56 appearances.

VanVleet is finishing his fifth season with the Raptors and first on a four-year, $85 million contract. The 27-year-old averaged a career-high 19.6 points per game this season over 52 games.

Anunoby finished the final season of his rookie contract averaging a career-high 15.9 points per game. He will begin a new four-year, $72-million contract next season.

Hood was acquired along with Gary Trent, Jr., from the Portland Trail Blazers for Norman Powell at the trade deadline. He was limited to only 17 games with the Raptors before his injury and will become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

Watanabe is completing his first full NBA season and was awarded for his efforts by being given a contract extension in April. The 26-year-old small forward averaged 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds over 50 games this season, including four starts.

Watson set career-highs in games played (27), points per game (4.1) and three-point shooting (47 per cent) this season, his third in the Raptors organization.

The Raptors (27-44) will finish 23rd in the NBA standings and miss the playoffs for the first time since 2013.

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