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Kyle Lowry’s Heat confirms plans to sign a one-day contract, retiring as a Raptor at the end of his career

After nine seasons with Toronto Raptors, Kyle Lowry moved this summer, join Miami Heat in one of the biggest shake-ups of the season. While Lowry is a free agent, he officially went to South Florida as part of a consignment deal Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa to Toronto.

In nearly a decade with the Raptors, Lowry made six All-Star games, one All-NBA The third team and helped them win the only title in franchise history in 2019. He also grew up loving the city. That’s why, when the Heat finally makes the trip to Toronto, Lowry will be emotional. In a recent interview with The Undefeated, Lowry reiterated his plans to retire with the Raptors on a one-day contract at the end of his career.

“I’m a man’s man, but I know I’ll be a little sensitive and cry that day. I don’t know. I might try. I talked to [former Raptors teammate] DeMar [DeRozan] about it. But it was one of those days when I knew there was going to be a lot of love for me and I was going to return the love, it was going to be exciting when it went down because I didn’t know what to expect.

“And, yes, people say you can only live in Canada, but you have to have Canadian citizenship to live there. And I don’t think I’ll live there for the rest of my life. But I am” I’ll be able to go back. return. It’s still home. Like I said, and I’ll say it now, I’m going to sign a one-day contract and I’m retiring as a Toronto Raptor. That’s all mine. “

Lowry also said that he still talks to Raptors office workers like Masai Ujiri and Bobby Webster. His decision to leave was about his desire to compete for another championship before the end of his career, not any problems with the Raptors. At 35, Lowry is just a few years away from being a top keeper, and the Raptors will rebuild in that time.

Whether the Heat can reach that top remains to be seen, but they’ve made a great start to Lowry’s first season. Through their first month plus 11-6, good for third place in the Eastern Conference and just 1.5 games behind first place brooklyn network. The Heat is also one of two teams (the other is leading the league Golden Empire Warriors) is in the top five for offense and defense ratings.

The Heat will meet the Raptors twice in January, but both of those meetings will take place in Miami. They’ll be heading to Toronto on February 3 for Lowry’s hometown, which is definitely a must-see event.

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