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Kyle Lowry Will Opt Out of His Contract and Test The Waters In Free Agency!

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Kyle Lowry To Test Summer Free Agency

Lowry After The Dust:

12 hours ago, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, announced that he plans to opt out of the final year of his contact to test free agency. Lowry’s announcement would come two days after the Raptors were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Lowry’s decision to opt out may not come as a surprise to most people due to his point production and contributions to the Raptors. However, the 10-year veteran should think about his choice to opt out.

The point guard suffered an ankle injury during the third quarter in game 2. After watching the replay multiple times, it was safe to say that the former Villanova guard would return. Raptors head coach Dwane Casey decided to start Corey Joseph, and bring Lowry off the bench.

Lowry would not play in game three or four, which lead to the Cavaliers completing the series sweep. Ankle injuries are hard to navigate at times, but dude you are part of a one-two punch combination.

Come On Man:

It seemed as if Lowry gave up on the Raptors and didn’t even try to get back on the court.  The Raptors guard has every right to opt out of his contract, but do you really want to go out like that. Leaving Toronto after two first round exits, two conference semifinals and one conference finals, think about it.

Leaving the Raptors this summer may hurt the 6-foot guard’s chances of landing a max deal. Make no mistake a franchise will jump at the opportunity to sign Lowry, but it probably won’t be a contender.

Potential Destinations:

The Philadelphia native made it clear that it is all about winning a ring from here on out. Teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, San Antonio Spurs, New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls are likely to put in their bids for the 6-foot guard.

If you are looking to acquire Lowry it’s evident that the 10-year vet has improved tremendously from his rookie season with the Memphis Grizzlies. During his rookie year Lowry averaged 5.6 points a game and now he is averaging 22.4 points.

Aftermath:

However, teams must look at his production in the postseason. During the playoffs when the 31-year-old guard faces an elite guard or team his shooting percentage decreases. In the 2015 and 2016 NBA playoffs the guard shot less than %40 percent from the field.

With Lowry saying that “He wants a ring” and later opting out of his deal speaks volumes. The guard will be sought after, but may leave some money on the table.  The Raptors will take a step back to say the least, but it could also benefit guard Demar DeRozan.

No matter what happens this is going to be a long summer for the Raptors.

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