Raptors retain Ibaka with three-year $65M pact

The three-time All-Star announced his return to the Toronto Raptors in a first-person piece on the Players' Tribune Sunday afternoon.

The 33-year-old guard reportedly met with the Sixers' brass when free agency began at midnight. Lowry will sign a three-year deal worth $100 million, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because terms were not revealed publicly. My heart is telling me that this is the best city in the world, with the best basketball fans in the world. "And I'll be honest (and don't hate) - it's telling me that I've still never had poutine".

Kyle Lowry is staying home, saying he wants to finish what he started in Toronto.

Over his eight-season career, Ibaka has averaged 12 points and 2.4 blocks per game. At the end of the season, he said his daughter liked Toronto though and he is close with his former Oklahoma City assistant coach Rex Kalamian, who remains on Dwane Casey's staff.

Ibaka was dealt from the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors midseason past year, and the Raptors are expected to make a strong push to keep the 6-foot-10 power forward.

The $20 million-plus price tag is a fair one in the modern NBA's marketplace for Ibaka, even if he has slipped defensively since his heyday as a potential franchise cornerstone in the paint during OKC's run to four conference finals in six years. Now, Lowry will earn a lot but still while at his peak.

"I'm sad that may 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 a win-win for all involved.

Approximately two years before signing the deal, the Toronto Raptors acquired Lowry from the Houston Rockets in a trade for guard Gary Forbes and a first-round pick.

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