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Toronto Raptors Assure Lowry Will Not be Traded, to Retire a Raptor

Build the damn statue already!

Amid trade rumours, the Toronto Raptors reportedly declared that they have no plans to move Kyle Lowry prior to the trade deadline.

The pending free agent has found his name entrenched in numerous rumours over the past number of months but it appears that things will now begin to quiet down, at least temporarily. Lowry, who helped bring the franchise its first championship, has become a Raptors icon and a basketball legend in the country over his near decade of service in the organization.

“What I would like to see is finish the season out as strong as possible,” explained Lowry. “Whatever happens, happens. At the end of day, myself, my agent, the organization, everyone has to do what’s right for them, right? Everyone has to do what’s best for them and the best situation. Who knows what that is, right? Who knows what that’s going to be? Who knows what that time is going to tell? … Honestly, like, I don’t know, if I (could) tell you. If can look at a crystal ball, I will tell you, (but) I don’t know what the crystal ball says …”

The 35-year old point guard still has plenty of juice left in the tank. The Raptors leader has averaged 18.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds through 29 games this season as the Raptors sit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

“Toronto has been my team,” said Lowry to reporters on Wednesday. “It’s the team I’ve been a part of that’s been a franchise that’s helped me become the player I’ve become — the man I’ve become. I’ve helped grow the game of basketball, win a championship, this that and the other. I’ll look back on that when I retire. But, for right now, it’s just the connection that we have, it’s always been home to me (after Philadelphia) … I had great stops in Memphis, that helped me grow, Houston helped me grow, but in Toronto, I became the person, and the man and the player I am today.”

At this point if you’re not willing to run through a brick wall for Kyle Lowry’s honour, you just aren’t a true Raptors fan. Let’s enjoy Lowry for as long as we can!

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