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Kyle Lowry intends to retire with the Toronto Raptors

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH - NOVEMBER 13: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Miami Heat looks on in the first half during a game against the Utah Jazz at Vivint Smart Home Arena on November 13, 2021 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)
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Miami Heat guard Kyle Lowry recently interviewed with Marc Spears of The Undefeated. The longtime NBA veteran discussed his recent move to the Sunshine State and harkened back to his days in Toronto. Speaking on his departure from the North, Kyle Lowry spoke adamantly about retiring with the Toronto Raptors franchise.

“I don’t think I would’ve lived there for the rest of my life. But I’ll be able to go back. That’s still home. Like I’ve said, and I’ll say it now, I will sign a one-day contract and I’ll retire as a Toronto Raptor. That is my everything.”

Kyle Lowry

Lowry joined the Miami Heat this past offseason. He came over as part of a sign-and-trade deal that saw Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa go the other way. Speaking on his decision to join the team, Kyle Lowry took a liking to the players on Miami’s roster, Coach Eric Spoelstra and team president Pat Riley. He saw the prospects before him and thought he would fit well.

The trade appears to have worked out well for the Heat as they’ve started rather well this season. With an 11-6 record, they stand just one game out of first place in the Eastern Conference. While still just being a year removed from an NBA finals appearance in the 2020 NBA bubble, the Heat stand a good chance of making a similar run this year should they continue to perform at their current rate.

Kyle Lowry with the Toronto Raptors

During the 2012 offseason, the Toronto Raptors made like bandits in a lopsided trade with the Houston Rockets. They acquired Kyle Lowry in exchange for a protected first-round pick. Though they knew that they’d picked up a good player, those inside the Raptors front office couldn’t have known at the time that they had acquired the greatest point guard in team history.

Alongside fellow Raptors’ great DeMar DeRozan, Lowry led the organization through its best stretch. They broke multiple records and set several milestones during his stint: their first time as the top seed, a seven-year playoff streak, their first and second conference finals appearance, their first finals appearance, and of course, their first NBA championship.

Lowry himself blossomed into a perennial all-star in Toronto. For all he’s done while dawning the Raptors jersey, he will surely be etched in team history. Even in leaving this past offseason, his ties to the team and the city hold firm.

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