Plus, the market hasn't exactly unfolded in Lowry's favour and a return to the Raptors seems inevitable at this point.
"When I had to make my free-agency decision, there was a lot going through my head, a lot of roads my mind was traveling down", Lowry wrote in the Players' Tribune article titled "Home."
The Raptors and the free agent came to terms on a three-year, $65 million deal on Sunday morning, keeping the big man in the fold long-term.
Shams Charania of The Vertical reported that the deal will be worth $100M over three years.
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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. Meanwhile, P.J. Tucker, the other big acquisition the Raptors snagged at last season's trade deadline, will depart for Houston, having agreed to a four-year, $32 million contract.
Ibaka averaged 14.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 23 games with Toronto last season. This can allow Toronto to clear out a ton of salary then to reset if they want. It's telling me that the Raptors can be a championship-level team, sooner than later. It's a win-win for all involved. Bringing the band back together made sense for Masai Ujiri and the Raptors. The answer right now? No.
Ibaka is one of only 13 players in National Basketball Association history to make 100 3-pointers and record 100 blocks in the same season; he did it last season, along with Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis and Brook Lopez.