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07:23 AM ET 02.13 | With Feb. 20 looming, it may be time to take point guard Kyle Lowry off the board. The Toronto Raptors are showing significant resistance to trading [Lowry] and appear determined to keep him as they pursue a postseason berth, league sources told Yahoo Sports. "We've heard it from [Toronto] that he won't be moved," a rival front office executive told Yahoo Sports. While there are never absolutes -- especially if a team makes an unexpectedly rich offer -- Toronto officials and sources close to Lowry have emphasized lately that Lowry appears destined to finish the season with the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors. ... Toronto risks losing Lowry without compensation to free agency this summer. Lowry, 27, could demand a free-agent deal in the four-year, $45-million range.

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February 13, 2014  08:23 AM ET

It brings a tear to my eyes even though I'm not eating Onions. This Raptor feel good team is destined to win the O'Brien trophy.

February 13, 2014  08:40 AM ET
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It brings a tear to my eyes even though I'm not eating Onions. This Raptor feel good team is destined to win the O'Brien trophy.

Not when they start signing everybody max contract soon. Let him test the market. We'll see if other teams will give him that much.

February 13, 2014  08:44 AM ET
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Not when they start signing everybody max contract soon. Let him test the market. We'll see if other teams will give him that much.

Hey stop raining on my parade.
We don't have much to cheer for in Toronto other than our popular Mayor

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February 13, 2014  09:01 AM ET
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Masai won't overpay for Lowry. Nice story, but if you're looking long term gotta be smart with those dollars. Either way, nice to see the Raps playing decent for once.

Yup, ujiri has been great. He'll use the cap wisely.

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February 13, 2014  09:41 AM ET
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Masai won't overpay for Lowry. Nice story, but if you're looking long term gotta be smart with those dollars. Either way, nice to see the Raps playing decent for once.

Thing is, you sometimes have to overpay when you parent in an A+ market
(Not trying to offend you if the city.....I know Toronto is a great international city....its the players who spot don't want to go)
If it comes to retaining him for an extra 2-3 mil more than youd want to spent you HAVE to, cause you may not be able to read someone as good

February 13, 2014  09:42 AM ET

Aren't not parent

February 13, 2014  09:42 AM ET
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It brings a tear to my eyes even though I'm not eating Onions. This Raptor feel good team is destined to win the O'Brien trophy.

I am on the mighty mighty bandwagon.




(Sorry...you'll likely now have a 23 game losing streak)

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February 13, 2014  09:53 AM ET
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Thing is, you sometimes have to overpay when you parent in an A+ market(Not trying to offend you if the city.....I know Toronto is a great international city....its the players who spot don't want to go)If it comes to retaining him for an extra 2-3 mil more than youd want to spent you HAVE to, cause you may not be able to read someone as good

That's where you're wrong... They won't overpay for Lowry especially by 2-3 million dollars... makes no sense. Lowry will sign for a fair salary simply because other teams won't be overpaying for his services unless they are the Knicks or Bucks. It's safe to say Lowry will take a fair deal over getting paid and losing on a Knicks or Bucks squad. You're forgetting Toronto is the 4th biggest market in North America too.

February 13, 2014  09:54 AM ET

LOWRY will get his no matter where he lands...

But I bet he don't get no 45 million...

#NAWMEEN

February 13, 2014  09:55 AM ET
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My guess is you've never been to Toronto? It's much nicer than say, NY. Clean, safer, and just as cosmopolitan.

Did you read what I wrote ?
Apparently not.

I said it has NOTHING to do with the city

That it is the players who for some reason don't want to go

February 13, 2014  09:59 AM ET
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That's where you're wrong... They won't overpay for Lowry especially by 2-3 million dollars... makes no sense. Lowry will sign for a fair salary simply because other teams won't be overpaying for his services unless they are the Knicks or Bucks. It's safe to say Lowry will take a fair deal over getting paid and losing on a Knicks or Bucks squad. You're forgetting Toronto is the 4th biggest market in North America too.

Lowry has made a total of 28 mil in his career.
he has never had that 'mega' deal that sets you up for life yet
he's played TREMENDOUS this year and if he is in line for a big payday? as the article suggests...meaning 4 years 40 mil ???
you really think he, who's not an endorser-type star like wade, KD, etc....would turn down $$$ ?
there is no way in hell.
he will want to be paid first...then try and find the right situation

now would he say take 8 mil per to play on a contender vs 9 to play on a bad team? sure.
but he won't give up 11 per to play for 6-7 per.

February 13, 2014  10:04 AM ET
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Lowry has made a total of 28 mil in his career.he has never had that 'mega' deal that sets you up for life yethe's played TREMENDOUS this year and if he is in line for a big payday? as the article suggests...meaning 4 years 40 mil ???you really think he, who's not an endorser-type star like wade, KD, etc....would turn down $$$ ?there is no way in hell.he will want to be paid first...then try and find the right situationnow would he say take 8 mil per to play on a contender vs 9 to play on a bad team? sure.but he won't give up 11 per to play for 6-7 per.

He's probably going to get an 8-10 mill deal with the Raps. If someone offers him more I doubt he leaves to receive the bigger pay day. He isn't the typical greedy player chasing that big payday. He actually wants to win. He's been a great locker room presence for the Raps as well.

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February 13, 2014  10:12 AM ET
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He's probably going to get an 8-10 mill deal with the Raps. If someone offers him more I doubt he leaves to receive the bigger pay day. He isn't the typical greedy player chasing that big payday. He actually wants to win. He's been a great locker room presence for the Raps as well.

we shall see-

there is a big difference in $ between say 11 mil per- as the article suggests and 8 mil per over 4
thats 12 more mil....to a guy thats 'only' made 28 mil in his career

what I said from the start was that it might be worth giving him that extra mil or 2 per to keep him.
so if you already say theyd give 10 mil-
you'd rather lose him than give him the extra one mil?

February 13, 2014  10:16 AM ET
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So you took a survey of players and they stated they don't want to go to Toronto?

Could just as easily look at the lack of big name free agents that have ever signed there.

I honestly can't think of a big name off the top of my head that came to the Raptors via a big FA deal......

If Hedo is the biggest name, I think we have the answer.

February 13, 2014  10:16 AM ET
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So you took a survey of players and they stated they don't want to go to Toronto?

I'm guessing he is just going off of Toronto's track record (or lack thereof) of luring - and keeping - top tier free agents...

 
February 13, 2014  10:18 AM ET

Of course they are going to keep him. They could always do a sign and trade and get a draft pick.

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