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Raptors’ Kyle Lowry expects Fred VanVleet to take a ‘big jump’ this 2019-20 season

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The Toronto Raptors no longer have the services of current Los Angeles Clippers swingman Kawhi Leonard. However, the reigning NBA Champions did just recently sign veterna point guard Kyle Lowry to a one-year contact extension, guaranteeing that the seasoned signal caller will once again lead Toronto in 2019-20. While Lowry has become the heart and soul of the Raptors over the years, he realizes that he can’t do it alone — as evidenced by his willingness to work alongside the aforementioned Leonard and current San Antonio Spurs shooting guard DeMar DeRozan before that. Now, Lowry appears primed to work alongside fellow Raptors guard Fred VanVleet, who he thinks is going to make a “big jump” this year.

The feeling between Lowry and VanVleet is obviously mutual as the latter has continued to praise the former throughout the offseason.

“I’m super happy for Kyle,” VanVleet said of Lowry, via Josh Lewenberg of TSN. “We want that guy around as long as possible. It’s not like it’s the old days where there’s a QB and a backup QB and I can’t play if he’s playing. We play together more than we don’t. So it’s good to have him.”

Even without the presence of Leonard in 2019-20, the Raptors are still expected to serve as one of the more complete and dangerous teams in the entire Eastern Conference this time around. In addition to the Raptors, the Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks and Indiana Pacers are all primed to compete atop the Eastern Conference.