Ibaka gave the Raptors 14.2 points per game as well, shooting 39.8 percent from 3-point range with 1.8 made triples a night. I'm sad that to this day there are still prejudices based on your origin and, as Africans, sometimes we need to take a stand. It's possible that the Raptors took this into account and bumped up the annual salary for the three seasons, making it more valuable than something with a fourth year attached to it.
The duo led the Raptors to back-to-back 50-win seasons, and four consecutive playoff berths. Lowry wrote. "And like I said - to me, that was an easy decision".
That said, on a more positive note, the length of the three-year deal is ideal.
The father of two young sons mentioned the importance of keeping his family happy. He's an unrestricted free agent now, but teams are questioning his value after he wasn't able to boost the Raptors into Eastern Conference contention. They've won 48, 49, 56, and 51 regular season games over the last four seasons, and there is no one left on the planet who any longer believes their potential is greater than what they've achieved.
$100 million is a lot of money to hand to a 30+-year-old point guard, but, on a three-year deal, even at the high cap hit, it's manageable for Toronto.
Ibaka, who's entering his ninth National Basketball Association season, has career averages of 12 points and 7.3 rebounds.
Tucker won't be back with the Raptors next season, as reports had the gritty defensive specialist agreeing to a deal with the Houston Rockets.