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Kyle Lowry signs one-year, $31 million contract extension with Raptors

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The Toronto Raptors are rewarding their legendary point guard with some extra money in the bank.

The team announced Monday that they have signed the five-time NBA All-Star to a one-year, $31 million extension that will keep him under contract with the team through the 2020/2021 season.

The 33-year old, who will be entering his eighth season with the franchise, has one-year remaining on the three-year, $100 million contract he signed back in the summer of 2017.

Lowry is coming off an impressive postseason where he averaged 15.0 points, 6.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 24 games, and played a pivotal role in clinching the franchise’s first-ever NBA title in June.

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Pelicans officially name Stan Van Gundy their new head coach

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It’s official!

The New Orleans Pelicans announced on Thursday that they have hired Stan Van Gundy to be the sixth head coach in franchise history. The deal is through four years, worth an undisclosed amount of money.

“I am honored and excited to coach this talented group of players in New Orleans,” said Van Gundy.

“This opportunity was one that I was really attracted to due in large part to David Griffin’s record of putting together highly competitive, talented teams in a great family atmosphere. When I got into the interview process and had a chance to meet with Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha, Griff, Trajan Langdon, Swin Cash and the Pelicans front office, it became clear how committed and invested they are to winning…We look forward to working with this great organization and getting involved in the New Orleans community.”

Van Gundy, who has 12 seasons of experience behind the bench, has posted a combined 523-384 regular season record split between the Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, and Detroit Pistons.

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Raptors could play home games in Louisville if COVID-19 restrictions continue in 2021

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With the next NBA season slated to start in January 2021, there remains a lot of uncertainty regarding where the Toronto Raptors will play there home games.

With the border being closed for non-essential travel, it may be impossible for the Raptors to play their home games north of the border. They have already started looking for alternatives just in case.

According ton Yahoo! Sports, the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky is being considered as a viable option to host their games.

Former NBA player and now-businessman Junior Bridgeman has apparently contacted the league to let them know the facility is available should the

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Bulls hire Billy Donovan as their new head coach

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After months of deliberating, the Chicago Bulls have found their guy.

The team announced that they have hired Billy Donovan to be their next head coach.

“We are very pleased to welcome Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls,”
said vice-president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas.

“The success that he has sustained over the course of his coaching career puts him on a different level. We feel his ability to help his players reach their potential, both individually and collectively, will mesh well with our roster. Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his career has taken him, and we hope that will continue here in Chicago.”

The 55-year old recently enjoyed a five-season tenure as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder. After losing in seven games to the Houston Rockets in the first round of this postseason, he decided to mutually part ways with the franchise.

During his tenure, he posted a combined 243-157 regular season record, and an 18-23 postseason record. His teams lost in the first round on four occassions. In his first season with the Thunder in 2015/16, he led them to the Western Conference Finals, which resulted in a Game 7 loss to the Golden State Warriors.

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