Speculation about Kyle Lowry heading to the Western Conference can finally be put to bed as the point guard has agreed to terms with the Toronto Raptors on a three-year $100 million deal according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Kyle Lowry has agreed to a three-year, near $100M deal to return to Toronto, league source tells The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2017
Lowry was widely considered the best point guard in the 2017 Free Agency class and was receiving interest from a number of teams out west including the San Antonio Spurs and Denver Nuggets.
The All-Star guard announced his intentions to stay in Toronto in an article for The Players Tribune.
When I had to make my free-agency decision, there was a lot going through my head, a lot of roads my mind was travelling down. Family, first and foremost, and what’s going to make them happy, and give them the best life. Basketball, of course, and where I’d like to play for these next several years. And then there was also the gut-check aspect — just what I was feeling in my heart.
But for me, at the end of the day, this was an easy decision. And all of those roads … they all led me back to the same place: home.
They all led me back to Toronto.
Furthermore, Lowry let slip that he’s never had poutine.
I’m coming back to Toronto because my heart is telling me that it’s home — and because staying home, for me and my family, feels like the right thing to do. My heart is telling me that this is the best city in the world, with the best basketball fans in the world. It’s telling me that the Raptors can be a championship-level team, sooner than later. And I’ll be honest (and don’t hate) — it’s telling me that I’ve still never had poutine.
That’s gotta change, Kyle.