Lowry signed a four-year, $48 million contract with the Raptors in July of 2014. He was set to be paid $12 million for each year of that contract, and it's possible that he could get a max deal from the Raptors or another team after opting out.
Lowry averaged career bests of 22.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game this season but was limited to 60 games because of a right wrist injury that required surgery in February. The Cavs beat the Raptors by an average of 16.8 points per game in the series and appeared to pull away at will throughout the four games.
"Honestly, I haven't thought about the criteria". I would, but not this time. "Honestly, what I've thought about is, yes, I'll opt out, and how I need to get better as a basketball player".
"I think I can do it anywhere I play", Lowry said when asked if he can achieve that lofty goal in Toronto, where he's grown into the three-time All-Star he is today.
The Raptors met with the media on their traditional post-season locker cleanout day. Which I will do.
"Wanna try again?" he laughed.
"We understand it's never easy, especially in a close-out game", said Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who scored 11 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter on Sunday and added nine assists.
HOUSTON - LaMarcus Aldridge scored at will in the paint before San Antonio turned a late barrage of 3-pointers into a victory over Houston in Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinal series at Toyota Center.
Whether Lowry chooses to stay or leave, DeMar DeRozan said he'll support whatever decision his friend and teammate makes.
"I didn't call or pressure him the first time, and he didn't do that to me", DeRozan said.
"We gained something that goes way beyond basketball". I put a lot of pride and joy into how hard I work, so I know I've just gotta work harder.