Toronto re­wards All-Star guard with three-year, $100 mil­lion deal

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

Lowry an­nounced on The Play­ers’ Tri­bune web­site on Sun­day that he will re-sign with the Rap­tors, adding that it was an easy de­ci­sion.

He’ ll sign a three-year deal worth $100 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a source with knowl­edge of the ne­go­ti­a­tions who spoke to As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause terms were not re­vealed pub­licly.

“It was up to me to de­cide whether this thing we have — is it worth stick­ing around for, and run­ning it back again, and see­ing if we can take that next step?” Lowry wrote. “And like I said — to me, that was an easy de­ci­sion. The an­swer is yes.”

The three-time All-Star av­er­aged 22.4 points and 7.0 as­sists last sea­son for the Rap­tors, who also struck a deal to re­tain for­ward Serge Ibaka.

“If you’re look­ing for peo­ple to be­lieve in — choose the peo­ple who be­lieved in you first,” Lowry wrote. “And if you start some­thing? Man, you fin­ish it.”

So Toronto’s star-pow­ered back­court is now set for at least the next three years, after shoot­ing guard DeMar DeRozan got a five-year deal worth $139 mil­lion last sum­mer.

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 post­sea­son.

When the Rap­tors got Ibaka be­fore the trade dead­line last sea­son, they made it clear they had no in­ten­tions of let­ting him walk away this sum­mer in free agency.

Now that’s been proven.

If you’re look­ing for peo­ple to be­lieve in — choose the peo­ple who be­lieved in you first.” Kyle Lowry, on stay­ing with the Rap­tors

Mean­while, Ibaka has agreed to terms on a three­year con­tract worth $65 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to a source with knowl­edge of the ne­go­ti­a­tions.

The NBA’s mora­to­rium on sign­ings ex­pires on Thurs­day.

Nuggets get Mill­sap

The Den­ver Nuggets have been chas­ing starry vet­er­ans the past two years, de­ter­mined to add ex­pe­ri­ence and fire­power to a promis­ing young core.

They fi­nally landed a big one, agree­ing to terms with four-time All-Star Paul Mill­sap on a three-year deal worth $90 mil­lion, a source told As­so­ci­ated Press on Sun­day.

The for­mer At­lanta for­ward was one of the strong­est free agents re­main­ing on the board two days into the new business year, not count­ing War­riors su­per­star Kevin Du­rant, who is ex­pected to re-sign with Golden State.

The Nuggets en­gaged with Mill­sap early in the process, out­last­ing sev­eral other teams, in­clud­ing the Phoenix Suns and At­lanta Hawks, whose new GM Travis Sch­lenk ac­knowl­edged they could get out­bid for the 32-year-old’s ser­vices.

Swing­man An­dre Iguo­dala has agreed to a three-year deal to re­main with the NBA champion Golden State War­riors, with the 33-year-old reserve con­firm­ing the move on Twit­ter.

“Sources close to An­dre Iguo­dala re­port­ing agreed to terms to re­turn to the bay ....” Iguo­dala tweeted, a poke at the un­cer­tainty sur­round­ing all news in the first days of the NBA’s free-agency frenzy.

Iguo­dala’s deal, worth $48 mil­lion ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, comes after he met with the San An­to­nio Spurs and Hous­ton Rock­ets.

The War­riors are work­ing to re­tain the core of a club that has won two NBA crowns in three sea­sons and came within a game of sweep­ing all three.

Golden State last week agreed to terms on the rich­est con­tract in NBA history with a five-year “su­permax” deal worth $201 mil­lion to star guard Stephen Curry, with the two-time MVP reap­ing the ben­e­fits of a salary-cap jump and a will­ing­ness to take less than he could make else­where to keep the War­riors a ti­tle con­tender and on bud­get.

Rock­ets land Tucker

Iguo­dala’s re­jec­tion of the Rock­ets, who landed point guard Chris Paul in a deal with the Los An­ge­les Clip­pers to join star shoot­ing guard James Har­den, prompted Hous­ton to strike a deal with for­ward PJ Tucker. Mul­ti­ple re­ports said it is for four years and $32 mil­lion.

Tucker met with the Toronto Rap­tors, who ob­tained him last Fe­bru­ary in a deal with Phoenix, but talks with Hous­ton play­ers, in­clud­ing Har­den and Paul ac­cord­ing to ESPN, prompted him to join the Rock­ets.

Known for in­tense de­fen­sive play, Tucker av­er­aged 6.7 points, 5.8 re­bounds and 1.4 steals in 81 games for the Suns and Rap­tors last sea­son.

The Rock­ets also agreed to terms with Brazil­ian freeagent cen­ter Nene, who took a three-year deal worth $11 mil­lion, ESPN re­ported, after a four-year of­fer for $15 mil­lion was with­drawn be­cause it vi­o­lated NBA salary-level rules.

Cavs keep Korver

The Cleve­land Cava­liers, who lost to Golden State in the Fi­nals for the sec­ond time in three sea­sons last month, reached deals to keep 3-point sharp­shooter Kyle Korver and add Span­ish reserve point guard Jose Calderon.

The Cavs reached a three- year deal with Korver worth $22 mil­lion, ESPN re­ported, while Calderon has a one-year deal.

Korver av­er­aged 10.1 points a game for At­lanta and Cleve­land but could not match that mark in the play­offs.

Min­nesota and for­ward Taj Gib­son agreed to a two-year deal worth $28 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, that re­unites Gib­son with for­mer coach Tom Thi­bodeau.

They were to­gether from 2010 to 2015 with the Chicago Bulls, along with Jimmy But­ler, who was traded by Chicago to the T-wolves last month.

“Taj could fit into any team in any role, and that’s the thing that you re­ally re­spect about him,” Thi­bodeau said. “He not only em­braces the role that you ask him to play, he stars in it.”

AP FILE

At­lanta Hawks for­ward Paul Mill­sap shoots against Wash­ing­ton Wizards for­ward Ja­son Smith dur­ing an April play­off game in At­lanta. Mill­sap has agreed to terms with the Den­ver Nuggets on a three-year deal worth $90 mil­lion.

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