When free agency starts at midnight, Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri will immediately offer Kyle Lowry a significant deal to remain in Toronto, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.
Expect Toronto GM Masai Ujiri to make aggressive bid to keep Kyle Lowry at midnight, try to wrap up deal before Miami/Houston can engage.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
Toronto will be able to offer more money to Lowry than either the Miami Heat or Houston Rockets, but the 28-year-old point guard recently talked about his desire to compete for championships.
“I think the right situation is somewhere I’m winning and being happy, and honestly I want to play for a championship,” Lowry told Basketball Insiders’ Alex Kennedy. “I’m happy with making the playoffs and doing that, but the end game for all players should be a championship and that’s what I want to play for. I want to play for a championship.”
Miami and Houston offer better opportunities for Lowry to do that. Uriji, widely regarded as one of the top GM’s in the NBA, will do what he can to get a deal done quickly. That could mean offering Lowry a contract that Miami and Houston cannot match.
Lowry has been a rumored target for the Heat this entire offseason. He would take some of the pressure of facilitating the offense off of LeBron James, and would be a significant upgrade from Mario Chalmers.
If LeBron, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh resign at large enough pay cuts, the Heat could offer an intriguing combination of cash and winning.