Reason to Keep: First Life Time Raptor
If we are being honest the Raptors have had an up and down run in their 26 years of existence. Although the past seven years have been the best in franchise history including a championship, there is one stigma that leaves a bad taste for Raptor fans and that is there has never been a player who has played their whole career as a Raptor.
Granted there are only a handful of players to play their whole career with one team, especially in today’s NBA. However, as a franchise with a reputation of star players leaving the organization, it would be nice for once to keep a great player for the rest of his career.
The Raptors can also keep Kyle long term because they created a lot of cap space for the 2021 offseason the Raptors have the cap space to pay Kyle a respectable contract. The best-case scenario for both sides is if Lowry takes a bit of a pay cut to allow Masai Ujiri to continue to build a winning team around Lowry and the young core.
Kyle Lowry has been the heart and soul of the Raptors during this seven-year run of winning and if the Raptors keep him, he will continue to be just that, and eventually, he will have his jersey retired and maybe a statue put up at Scotiabank Arena in his honor.