Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry Contract Grade
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Contract: 4 seasons, 48 million
When I began discussing this signing with Hoopstuff VP Josh Morgan I was planning on giving it B, until he said 9 simple words “they had to get him back and they did.” He was right as usual, as those words are the perfect evaluation of the Toronto Raptors resigning Kyle Lowry.
Yes, this is a pricey contract, but there were a number of teams going after him and if 12 million per season is the amount they had to pay to keep their star point guard, then it was money well spent. Lowry was one of the most coveted free agents on the market, but more vitally to the Raptors, is one of their 2 best players, 1 of the 2 guards in their 2 star guard starting five along with All Star 2-guard DeMar DeRozan. These 2 are the foundation of this team, are the 2 players responsible for taking them to the playoffs and almost the 2nd round and they had to keep their duo together.
Kyle Lowry just turned 28 and is coming off by far his best season in the NBA, averaging 17.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game, on 42.3 percent shooting (strong for him) and 38 percent 3 point shooting (his NBA best) and since he isn’t a player that relies on his athleticism and is just 28, there is no reason to expect any sort of big decline during the next 4 seasons.
The pessimist in me is a bit concerned about his somewhat surely reputation and this career season coming at an advanced age and in a contract season, but he was so excellent this season, is such a strong fit on the roster and is so vital to their winning ways that it is hard to fault the Toronto Raptors with this deal and adding in those 9 words, I am a fan of this deal.