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Toronto gave Kyle Lowry 1-year extension to ease finding potential trade

Raptors, Kyle Lowry

A recent conversation between ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe revealed that the Toronto Raptors extended Kyle Lowry for another year and $31 million to make his contract more easily tradable. Lowry was already due to make $33 million this season, but tacking on that extra year and $31 million could give a championship-aspiring team the peace of mind that they could keep Lowry for another year.

“A lot of the reason Toronto signed him to the deal (is) he is easier to trade under contract for next year at $31 million,” said Wojnarowski during a TV special.

“Absolutely,” replied Lowe. “At the trade deadline, there could be an exodus from their championship core.”

The duo of ESPN insiders noted the Miami Heat, Detroit Pistons, Minnesota Timberwolves and the LA Clippers could be potential trade suitors for Lowry, who was one of three veteran players with expiring contracts before agreeing to an extension, along big men Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol.

The Raptors are not expected to have anywhere near the chances to make a title run as they did last season with Kawhi Leonard on their team. This season could very well serve as Pascal Siakam’s incorporation as the No. 1 scorer.

Toronto could keep Kyle Lowry if the Raptors seem to have a chance at making the playoffs with their current core, but anything short of that could cause them to piece this roster apart, considering Siakam’s impending contract extension in the near future.