A recent conversation between ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe revealed that the Toronto Raptors extended Kyle Lowry for another year and $31 million to make his contract more easily tradable. Lowry was already due to make $33 million this season, but tacking on that extra year and $31 million could give a championship-aspiring team the peace of mind that they could keep Lowry for another year.

“A lot of the reason Toronto signed him to the deal (is) he is easier to trade under contract for next year at $31 million,” said Wojnarowski during a TV special.