Kyle Lowry’s Extension Prevented Potential Hold Out, Trade Request
Sometimes it’s best to not make things get too overly interesting.
That was the case for the Toronto Raptors as they began their preseason trip in Tokyo. On Monday morning, the team announced that it has extended Kyle Lowry, granting the All-Star point guard a one-year, $31-million deal which will kick in after the 2019-20 NBA season.
According to Sportsnet’s Michael Grange “if the Raptors weren’t going to give him an extension, sources close to Lowry say, he was prepared to hold out and try and force a deal to a destination of his choosing rather than allow the club to control the timing.” Furthermore, Lowry was the lone Raptor not introduced during the team’s training camp appearance in Quebec and will not be suiting up in either of the team’s preseason games in Japan against the Houston Rockets.
Luckily for the Raptors, money talks and with a contract extension finalized, the two sides can move forward, whether or not these rumours wee true, and focus on embarking on a title defense.