Raptors Give Lowry One Year Extension

Toronto Raptors forward James Johnson, left, battles for the ball against Detroit Pistons forward Joel Anthony, right, during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

NDATED (AP) -- Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors have agreed on a $31 million, one-year extension that could keep him with the NBA champions through the 2020-21 season.
Agent Mark Bartelstein has confirmed the agreement, which was first reported by ESPN. Lowry and the Raptors had been talking for some time about this, so the extension was not unexpected.
The star guard was entering the final year of a $100 million, three-year deal. But now he'll bypass free agency next summer, and the short-term deal helps the Raptors keep the flexibility many teams will want going into what's likely to be a massive free-agent summer of 2021.
Lowry is entering his 14th NBA season and his eighth with the Raptors, making him the longest-tenured player on the roster. He's been an All-Star the last five seasons.



 
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