Canada Reacts to Kyle Lowry Signing With the Miami Heat

The Raptors' Kyle Lowry is off to the Miami Heat, getting moved in a sign-and-trade deal. Canada has been saying its goodbyes to the GROAT on social media.

Kyle Lowry at Toronto Raptors championship parade
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Kyle Lowry at Toronto Raptors championship parade

It’s the end of an era for Canadian basketball. Kyle Lowry is undoubtedly the greatest Toronto Raptor of all time, but now he’s off to the Miami Heat, where he’ll hope to make more history there. After nine memorable years and one glorious NBA championship in the 6ix, the All-Star guard got moved in a sign-and-trade deal to Miami on Monday.

The news was confirmed by Lowry himself, who took to social media to make the announcement. (Trigger warning, Raps fans: This will sting.)

The 35-year-old will reportedly sign a three-year, $90 million deal with Miami. Toronto will reportedly receive Goran Dragić, Precious Achiuwa, and a second-round pick to complete the transaction.

Even though we’ve known that Lowry’s departure was likely for a while, the news shattered the hearts of many fans, who shared their love, respect, but also sadness to see him go. 

Mayor John Tory made a statement on Twitter about Lowry’s departure, noting that “this one really hurts” and proposing a celebration after the city is out of Stage 3. He suggested the creation a statue of Lowry to celebrate his legacy.

My statement on the departure of Toronto Raptor Kyle Lowry.@Klow7 pic.twitter.com/5pHGZzjUNJ

— John Tory (@JohnTory) August 3, 2021

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid his respects to Big Kyle as well, thanking him for all the memories he made for Canada.

Well, it’s the end of an era. Thanks for all the memories and moments you gave Canadians, including my own family, @Klow7. Good luck in Miami, Kyle. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/30KZYSN4Eh

— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) August 3, 2021

Drake, who is back in Toronto celebrating the Raptors’ newest draft picks, also congratulated Lowry in his IG stories.

Drake congratulating Kyle Lowry via his IG story pic.twitter.com/ZfqvtwsByl

— Drake Direct (@DrakeDirect_) August 3, 2021

Lowry’s now-former Raptors teammates have been saying their farewells to the iconic point guard as well, including next-man-up Fred VanVleet.

Edmonton rapper Cadence Weapon said Lowry “embodied the Toronto Raptors fanbase more than any player has ever personified their team.”

End of an era. Kyle Lowry embodied the Toronto Raptors fanbase more than any player has ever personified their team. The pitbull, the underdog, the aberration, the glitch in the matrix who somehow managed to get it done against all odds. Thank you Kyle! #KLOE #GROAT @Klow7 pic.twitter.com/lgrzie9dXL

— Cadence Weapon (@cadenceweapon) August 2, 2021

Some fans shared videos of Lowry throughout his career with the team, including his very first and very last bucket. 

Kyle Lowry’s first and last bucket as a raptor

it’s been real, champ ❤️ @Klow7 pic.twitter.com/BWhuu2zMbt

— ✨just vibes✨ (@MaFuzzyRaps) August 2, 2021

Some fans are calling this an end to an era now that both Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are gone.

lowry and him both gone now😔😔end of an era pic.twitter.com/Igbpr0ubqI

— 𝙖𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙖 (@belaisalrightk) August 2, 2021

Other fans said Lowry’s departure hurt worse than the breakdown of their marriage.

Kyle Lowry is the most hurtful breakup I’ve ever endured…

And I’m divorced😫 #Raptors

— Shem (@Shem) August 2, 2021

Some people just did not take the news well at all.

How I feel about Lowry leaving tbh pic.twitter.com/VHygbgzNjV

— taylor (@ItsLowrysWorld) August 2, 2021

There was no shortage of artistic tributes to the GROAT.

Been looking at this today 🙌🏻🙏🏻😳🤞🏻😢.. just appreciate his play , his passion, his growth …I guess I can say I don’t want him gone pic.twitter.com/TWiazPgzD3

— Lisa Murphy still #KimBitLisa (@Lamchop99) August 2, 2021

The Raptors have yet to release an official statement on Lowry’s trade. There’s also no word on what moves they’ll make to replace him, but they’ve reportedly signed restricted free agent Gary Trent Jr. to a $54 million contract over three years. 

Lowry himself hasn’t released a statement saying goodbye to Toronto, but we can expect a heartfelt one coming soon. In the meantime, he’s been active on Twitter, most recently liking a tweet suggesting that he and DeRozan, who’s currently still a free agent, could reunite on the Heat.

Kyle Lowry likes tweet asking who wants to see Lowry x DeRozan reunion. 👀

(h/t @TopBallCoverage) pic.twitter.com/wSJFgfxwnE

— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) August 3, 2021

 

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