Sports AP source: Raptors, Siakam agree on 4-year max extension
Report: Raptors, Lowry agree to 1-year, $31M extension
The Toronto Raptors and guard Kyle Lowry have agreed to terms on a one-year extension worth $31 million, Lowry's agent confirmed to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The extension will add to the one year and $33.3 million Lowry is set to earn in 2019-20 for a total of $64 million over the next two seasons. The 33-year-old's future with the reigning NBA champions had been debated this summer, with some suggesting the departure of Kawhi Leonard for Los Angeles could push the Raptors to begin a rebuilding process that would necessitate moving on from Lowry.
Pascal Siakam is officially a major part of the Toronto Raptors' long-term plans.
The Raptors and Siakam have agreed on a four-year, $130 million maximum extension, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been publicly announced.
ESPN first reported the agreement.
Siakam was a breakout player — and the league's Most Improved Player — last season for the NBA champions, averaging career highs of 16.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He is entering his fourth season and now is under contract to the Raptors through the 2023-24 season.
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Siakam was even better for the Raptors in the playoffs last spring, averaging 19 points and 7.1 rebounds in 24 games as Toronto went on to win its first title.
During the off-season, Siakam said he still believes his best basketball is ahead of him.
"I don't feel no limits at all," Siakam said. "I feel like it's only the beginning for me and there is so much more to come. I'm just excited about the future and the possibility to even get better and better from this, and knowing that it's only been three years. I'm in the league for three years and there is so much more growth and things that I can improve on ... so I don't think I'm going to stop now."
Siakam's rise has been meteoric. He grew up as a soccer player in his native Cameroon before being steered toward basketball — first getting noticed at a Basketball Without Borders camp in South Africa in 2012.
He made his way to college at New Mexico State, wound up as the Western Athletic Conference player of the year in his second season and eventually got drafted by the Raptors.
In 2017, Siakam was MVP of the G League Finals after helping Raptors 905 win that league's title. And now he's a max player, set to make $29 million in 2020-21 and just over $35 million in the fourth and final year of the new deal.
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Tim Reynolds, The Associated Press
Siakam scores third 30-point game as Raptors down Casey and Pistons .
TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored 30 points, Fred Van Vleet added 13 points and 11 assists, and the Toronto Raptors beat the Detroit Pistons 125-113 on Wednesday for their first win against former coach Dwane Casey. Siakam put up at least 30 points for the third time in five games this season, and added five rebounds and five assists as Toronto (4-1) improved to 1-3 against Casey since he became head coach of the Pistons last year. Kyle Lowry hadSiakam put up at least 30 points for the third time in five games this season, and added five rebounds and five assists as Toronto (4-1) improved to 1-3 against Casey since he became head coach of the Pistons last year.