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Kyle Lowry pens emotional farewell to Toronto, Canada and the Raptors

Kyle Lowry's time with the Toronto Raptors has reportedly come to an end.

Shortly after free agency began, Lowry revealed on social media that he is joining the Miami Heat. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski added that he has agreed to a three-year deal worth approximately $90 million with the franchise. The Heat will reportedly acquire Lowry in a sign-and-trade with the Raptors, the full details of which have not yet been revealed.

Now that the dust has settled a little, Lowry shared a heartfelt message on Instagram on his time with the Raptors. He talked about the ups and downs, his love for Toronto and Canada, and thanked everyone who helped him along the way.

"This is hard to write but the time has come for the next chapter in my story to begin," Lowry shared. "But the bond I share with you is unbreakable. There's so many things I want to say about the city of Toronto, Canada as nation. I just can't put them all in this piece."

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Many of Lowry's former teammates commented on his post, including Norman Powell, Chris Boucher and Greivis Vasquez. Drake also left a comment, writing "can't believe it my brother you will be missed!!!" and "Thank you for all of those incredible years." Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam, meanwhile, shared their own farewell posts on Instagram. VanVleet called Lowry the "GROAT (Greatest Raptor of All-Time)" while Siakam called him a "true legend."

Lowry earned six All-Star selections as a member of the Raptors, as well as one All-NBA Third Team selection. He played a leading role in the team's first-ever championship in 2019 and leaves with a number of franchise records, from most assists and steals to most triple-doubles.

Toronto mayor John Tory said he's "confident" Lowry will one day have a statue "celebrating his legacy in our city."

Deals can only be agreed upon in principle until Aug. 6 at 12:01 p.m. (ET) when they can be signed and made official.

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