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The Kyle Lowry era in Toronto is officially over.
The Toronto Raptors’ franchise icon has announced that he intends to sign with the Miami Heat via his social media accounts:
Kyle Lowry’s deal with the Miami Heat will be for three years and $90 million dollars. Lowry joins a Heat team that boasts his longtime friend Jimmy Butler, as well as big man Bam Adebayo, who has become one of the biggest defensive forces in the NBA.
Lowry would be landing on the Heat via sign-and-trade due to salary cap constraints, and the moving pieces are still being worked out. It has been speculated that the Raptors will be receiving guard Goran Dragic and forward Precious Achiuwa, with possibly more added in.
The 35 year-old point guard has spent the last nine seasons with the Raptors, all as a starter, where he averaged 17.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.5 steals per game. He helped lead the franchise to their first-ever championship in 2019, and won nine playoff series in seven playoff appearances.
His impact on the city of Toronto is immeasurable, and he will always be cherished as the leader of the team’s best stretch ever. It is almost a foregone conclusion that his jersey will be hanging in the rafters of Scotiabank Arena one day.