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Kyle Lowry to Become Free Agent in 2017

    Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will be opting out of the final year of his deal with the Raptors next summer to join point guards Chris Paul and Stephen Curry in free agency. Lowry, who will be 31-years-old at the time and seeking a max contract imagines that the talks will be easy. Via The Vertical:

    Lowry plans to opt out of the final year of his contract, he told The Vertical, passing on a $12 million salary in 2017-18 to join a point-guard marketplace that will include the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul and Golden State’s Steph Curry, who has already said he plans to re-sign with the Warriors.

    “If you’re that franchise’s guy, and you’re the guy that they’ve been rolling with, and you’ve given that franchise everything you have, yeah, I think [the talks] should be easy,” Lowry told The Vertical. “I think it should be a situation where a guy shouldn’t have to talk to another team. DeMar didn’t have the chance to talk to another team. …

    “For me, I think that at 12:01 a.m. on July 1 – something should be close. If not, I’m open to seeing what else is out there.”

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