Kyle Lowry, Raptors agree to deal that keeps Toronto's core intact

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Now, the Raptors are turning all of their attention to re-signing point guard Kyle Lowry, which they are expected to do. Lowry announced his decision on The Players' Tribune.

The Sixers on Saturday agreed with guard J.J. Redick on a one-year, $23 million deal, a source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato. Ibaka agreed to terms on a three-year contract worth $65 million, a person with knowledge of the negotiations told AP, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal can not be signed until the NBA's off-season moratorium ends on Thursday.

I'm sad that many people will have read a rumor and will have made a false assumption that can last forever, while they maybe will not read what I'm writing now. It's hard to think that the Raptors would want to pay Ibaka over $20 million per year without knowing that Lowry, their best player, is coming back.

Lowry and DeRozan led Toronto to the Eastern Conference finals in 2016, and the Raptors were out in the second round this year in part because Lowry got hurt during the post-season. Lowry wrote. "And like I said - to me, that was an easy decision".

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A report last week indicated teams may have been hesitant about signing the Congo native to a lucrative contract over questions about whether he was indeed 27 years old.

As for his salary, the $21 to $23 million he will receive ($20M in year one, $21M in year two and $23M in year three, according to Spotrac.com) is right around what he's worth based on the current National Basketball Association landscape.

"When I saw (son) Karter's reaction, that's how I knew for sure this was right", he said. Ibaka, a trade deadline acquisition, will no longer just be a one year rental for Toronto.

In 56 games with Orlando last season, Ibaka averaged 15.1 points and 6.8 rebounds. He previously played for the Oklahoma City Thunder, with whom he began his career in 2009.

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