Kyle Lowry, Raptors agree to deal that keeps Toronto's core intact

The Congo native averaged 14.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season.

Meantime, the Raptors will now focus on re-signing their starting all-star point guard Kyle Lowry. Plus, the market hasn't exactly unfolded in Lowry's favour and a return to the Raptors seems inevitable at this point.

Although there was interest from both the Houston Rockets and Miami Heat, it felt like it was only a matter of time until the Raptors reached an agreement with Ibaka. At the end of the season, he said his daughter liked Toronto though and he is close with his former Oklahoma City assistant coach Rex Kalamian, who remains on Dwane Casey's staff.

On one hand, the new Kyle Lowry contract is a bit surprising, as many National Basketball Association rumors had stated that he really needed a fourth-year in any deal he received.

He will re-sign with them for three years and $100 million according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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On Saturday, the Raptors missed out on re-signing P.J. Tucker, who is a power forward they traded for last season before their playoff run.

Ibaka was dealt from the Orlando Magic to the Toronto Raptors midseason a year ago, and the Raptors are expected to make a strong push to keep the 6-foot-10 power forward.

Serge Ibaka has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $65 million contract to stay with the Toronto Raptors. He was an unrestricted free agent this summer after spending his last five seasons with the Raptors. President Masai Ujiri has been a wizard navigating bringing back his top talent, ensuring they get paid, but not on crippling terms.

This is huge news for the Toronto Raptors, as the team could not afford to lose Lowry to free agency.

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