No way Lowry was go­ing to tip his hand

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - LORI EWING

TORONTO — No mat­ter how the ques­tion was posed, Kyle Lowry wouldn’t bite.

The Toronto Rap­tors point guard will opt out of the fi­nal year of his con­tract and be­come a free agent, and a lu­cra­tive deal beck­ons.

But less than 24 hours af­ter the Rap­tors’ sea­son ended in a four-game sweep by the Cleve­land Cava­liers in the Eastern Con­fer­ence semi­fi­nals, Lowry gave no hints about his in­ten­tions.

“Hon­estly man, I want to just get bet­ter, I want to have fun, I want to win a ring. I want to make sure my fam­ily is happy,” said Lowry, a fa­ther of two young boys. “And that’s all I’ve thought about right now.

“Hon­estly, I wouldn’t BS you guys. I would, but not this time. Not this time.”

The Rap­tors met with the me­dia on their tra­di­tional post-sea­son locker cleanout day. Hopes for the sea­son had been high af­ter their his­toric post-sea­son run a year ago. But they col­lided with Cleve­land ear­lier than ex­pected, and the mood around their Bios­teel Cen­tre train­ing fa­cil­ity Mon­day was one of un­re­al­ized goals.

Now Toronto heads into an off-sea­son of un­cer­tainty, with ques­tions not only about the fu­ture of Lowry, but coach Dwane Casey and free agents Serge Ibaka, P.J. Tucker and Pa­trick Pat­ter­son.

When asked to as­sess his per­for­mance on the sea­son, Casey said “could have done bet­ter. I al­ways feel that way.”

He sin­gled out his play­ers’ con­fi­dence in three-point shoot­ing, plus de­fen­sive ar­eas such as shot chal­lenges and ro­ta­tions.

“There’s al­ways ar­eas in our team, in our play, that I feel like I can do a bet­ter job, our staff, we all can do bet­ter,” Casey said. “There’s noth­ing we can be sat­is­fied about, with our job per­for­mance, es­pe­cially af­ter the way we went out.”

NATHAN DENETTE, THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Kyle Lowry was non-com­mi­tal when pressed on his fu­ture with the Toronto Rap­tors Mon­day.

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