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NBA free agency roundup: Kyle Lowry agrees to return to Raptors; Carmelo Anthony visits Rockets, Mavericks

07.03.14 at 1:02 pm ET
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– The Raptors were one of the NBA’€™s biggest surprises last season, finishing first in the Atlantic Division with a 48-34 record. One of the main reasons for Toronto’€™s success was point guard Kyle Lowry, who set career highs in both points (17.9) and assists (7.4) last season.

Lowry won’€™t be leaving the Great White North anytime soon, as Yahoo! Sports reported that the point guard agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Raptors Wednesday. Lowry took to Instagram to announce the news:

Considered to be the top free agent point guard out on the market, Lowry was coveted by many teams, including the Heat, before returning back to Toronto. Lowry is slated to officially sign with Toronto on July 10.

– The Carmelo Anthony free agency tour headed to the Lone Star State Wednesday, as the star forward visited with both the Rockets and Mavericks.

Anthony arrived at Houston’€™s Toyota Center on Wednesday morning and stayed in the city for around six hours before heading down to Dallas.

A billboard outside of Houston’€™s arena flashed a picture of Anthony in two Rockets uniforms, both of which featured Anthony wearing his No. 7  jersey, which is currently being used by Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin.

Lin admitted on Twitter that he took offense to the team using his number in an effort to reel in the seven-time All-Star.

Anthony’€™s meeting with the Mavericks was much more subdued, as he met with owner Mark Cuban at the entrepreneur’€™s mansion for about two hours.

Anthony will meet with the Lakers Thursday before sitting down with the Knicks, who are trying to keep the Brooklyn native in the Big Apple.

– Free agent shooting guard Gordon Hayward is a hot commodity across the NBA, as the 6-foot-8 swingman visited the Cavaliers on Wednesday in what a source described to USA Today as a “€œgetting-to-know-you session.”

Despite reports that Cleveland was ready to offer Hayward a max contract for around $63 million, the Butler University product left town without a deal and is expected to continue visiting with other teams.

Heyward is expected to draw interest from the Celtics, Suns, Lakers, Bulls, Heat, Rockets and Cavaliers.

Heyward had a breakout season with the Jazz last season, averaging career highs in points (16.2), rebounds (5.1) and assists (5.2). The Jazz have said that they will match any offer given to Heyward, who is a restricted free agent.

– “The Polish Hammer” is returning to Washington, D.C.

Free agent center Marcin Gortat agreed to a five-year, $60 million deal to remain with the Wizards, a source told The Associated Press.

Acquired before the 2013-14 season in a deal with the Suns, Gortat was one of the chief reasons why the Wizards made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, as the 6-foot-11 center averaged 13.2 points and a team-high 9.5 rebounds while become a vocal presence in the locker room.

Wizards star point guard John Wall took to Twitter to announce his reaction the news of Gortat’€™s new deal and urged Washington to turn its attention to free agent Trevor Ariza, who was the Washington’s best shooter from beyond the arc last season.

 

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