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Kyle Lowry Hopes to Remain in Toronto with the Raptors Long Term

“We are champions. No matter what. [It will] never be taken away from us. Ever. Ever, ever. Ever, ever.”

Kyle Lowry may be in the midst of his best offseason ever, despite undergoing thumb surgery. The 33-year old point guard is working hard toward rehabbing his injury in order to be able to play for USA in the FIBA World Cup in September. After that, he still has all the confidence in the world in his Toronto Raptors, despite Kawhi Leonard heading west.

“I’m happy for [him],” Lowry said, referencing Leonard’s free agency decision. “I am happy for the guys that… especially a guy that helped do something fantastic and something great. He’s an unbelievable friend of mine and is a good guy. He made a decision to go home and he is happy with that and I am happy for him. Truly. I am genuinely happy for him. It gives him a chance to be around family and friends. You got to respect the guy and be happy for him.”

Nevertheless, Lowry told Sports Illustrated that the road to the Finals and ultimately, to a championship still runs through The 6ix.

“It is what it is,” Lowry said. “We’re still going to be able to run it back. We’re the champions and we’re trying to defend our title. I’m confident with our team.”

In terms of his long term future, Lowry is entering his walk year and has, to this point, not had any conversations with the organization on an extension. He has recently switched agency as he begins to prepare for next offseason’s free agency. Lowry originally signed a 3-year, $100-million deal in the 2017 offseason.

“I want to be there,” Lowry said. “I would love to do an extension, but we’ll see what happens … I would love to be there long term. We’ll have the discussion when the time is right.”

The point guard was an important piece in the Raptors championship victory, averaging 17.4 points, 7.1 assists, and 4.9 rebounds over his last seven seasons as a Toronto Raptor. He has been named to an All-Star team in each of his last five seasons.

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