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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry will opt out of deal, test free agent market

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Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry will opt out of deal, test free agent market
Toronto's Kyle Lowry will opt out of his deal and test the free-agent waters this summer. File photo David Tulis | License Photo

Toronto Raptors All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry confirmed Monday he will opt out of the final year of his contract and test free agency this summer.

The 11-year veteran, a three-time All-Star, has one year and $12 million remaining on the four-year, $48 million deal he signed in July 2014.

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"A ring. Nothing else. I just want a ring," Lowry told reporters of his free agent priorities.

Lowry, 31, averaged 22.4 points, 7.0 assists and 4.8 rebounds this season in 60 games, dealing with a right wrist injury that required surgery in February.

Lowry was declared out for Game 4 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday with a sprained left ankle.

Toronto was swept in the second round after the Cavs beat the Raptors 109-102 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

Lowry injured the ankle early in the second half of Game 2 in Cleveland but, after sitting out briefly, was able to play eight more minutes before he was removed for the rest of the game.

Lowry tried to play in Game 3 on Friday night but, although he was in uniform, he remained on the bench for the entire game after aggravating the injury while trying to warm up.

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