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Report: Kyle Lowry declines invitation to join Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics

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Kyle Lowry and Kevin Durant during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio (Getty Images)

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi, Toronto Raptors longtime veteran guard Kyle Lowry has declined an invitation to join Team USA for the Tokyo Olympics.

A member of the Gold Medal winning USA squad from the 2016 Rio Olympics, Wojnarowski cites Lowry's pending free agency as a factor in his decision.

Set to become an unrestricted free agent in the coming weeks, the 35-year-old is still playing at a high level and finds himself with potentially his last opportunity to sign a lucrative deal with many contending teams likely to covet the point guard's services.

Like many on the Toronto roster, it was a difficult season for Lowry, with the franchise relocated to Tampa Bay due to the pandemic. Despite the circumstances, Lowry averaged 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists across 46 appearances while connecting on 39.6 percent of his 3-point attempts -- his highest mark since the 2017-18 season.

A champion with the Raptors and franchise legend, the upcoming decision for Lowry is set to draw significant intrigue when free agency opens on August 2nd at 6:00 p.m. ET.

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