Kyle Lowry opts out of final year of contract with Raptors

Raptors swept from playoffs by King James' Cavaliers

Raptors swept from playoffs by King James' Cavaliers

Does keeping Serge Ibaka (another unrestricted free agent) and playing him at center raise the Raptors' ceiling?

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors 109-102 at Air Canada Centre to sweep the Eastern Conference semifinal series. "I thought the Milwaukee series would prepare us more for the Cavs series because we had to change the way we played a little".

"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 [contract negotiations] should be easy."
I would, but not this time. The Cavaliers now have an 8-0 record in the post-season.

Lowry, who will be a free agent for the third time, called the experience an emotional roller coaster.

As you might expect, Tucker would like to come back, but there are so many factors, variables, unknowns that no one, not even Tucker, knows what the future holds.

"It's something I have been through before", Lowry said. Four. That'll be my fourth time.

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"Honestly, I haven't thought about the criteria". Which I will do. But that - good but not good enough - has become the theme of this era of Raptors basketball, which may or may not be over.

"Wanna try again?" he laughed.

He doesn't have to stay with the Toronto Raptors if he doesn't want to, and he is paid substantially less than DeMar DeRozan. So that's why when it comes to things like this, I don't put the pressure on him, or I don't say: do this, do that. So, with several big decisions to make, they'll go back to the drawing board. It'll be interesting to go back and look at the game and see what we can do. If he is looking to come out to the West, however, Magic Johnson could look to bring him in to help elevate this struggling franchise. "In that fourth quarter, I tried to get him out for a couple of minutes, but he said, 'No, I'm fine, just get me a timeout and I'll be OK'". However, getting swept in the second round by the team you've had in the crosshairs all season doesn't do much to boost confidence.

"When LeBron is shooting the three ball the way he is, at the rate he's shooting it, they're hard", Toronto head coach Dwane Casey said. If he chose to exercise his free agency and sign with another squad, a max deal could net him just over $150 million. "One thing about Case, Case is one hell of a person outside of a coach".

By the time Sunday's Game 4 began, with Toronto on the brink of elimination, the Raptors had turned in just three competitive quarters over the course of three contests, all of which were decided by double figures. What's the point of being good in an era where it just doesn't seem feasible to be great, some will ask and it's something Masai Ujiri and Jeff Weltman have to truly consider.

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