Kyle Lowry to opt out of contract, become free agent this summer

Kyle Lowry

An All-Star guard will be added to the NBA free-agency pool this summer. Kyle Lowry announced Monday that he’s going to opt out of his contract with the Toronto Raptors, as expected.

ESPN’s Marc Stein noted on Sunday that there was some buzz building that Lowry will be setting his sights on joining a Western Conference team.

No doubt, he’s just sick and tired of not being able to beat LeBron James — a guy Lowry says is a top-five player in NBA history —  in the east.

The Raptors were helpless to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers during the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Even before Lowry injured his ankle, Cleveland was dominating Toronto. As it was, the Raptors were swept aside with ease, marking the second year in a row in which they’d been dispatched by Cleveland.

It’s going to be fascinating to see where Lowry ends up. This past season, Lowry averaged 22.4 points, seven assists and 4.8 rebounds per game.