Kyle Laurie confirms Toronto’s first permanent absence
Laurie’s permanent absence has been confirmed.
The Toronto Raptors signed and traded with the Miami Heat on the 3rd (Korea time). Instead of sending Kyle Laurie to Miami, Toronto has received a second-round pick with Goran Dragich and Precious Archiew. As a result, Toronto and Laurie’s trip ended in nine seasons.
Laurie joined Toronto ahead of the 2012-13 season. Laurie, who served as Toronto’s field commander for nine seasons, played in 601 games, averaging 17.5 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists, becoming a top NBA guard.
This is not the only one. Having established himself as the heart of Toronto, Laurie has achieved achievements such as one NBA third team and six All-Star titles. In 2019, he won the final, giving Toronto a Larry O’Brien trophy.
Laurie wanted another winning ring. That’s why I decided to break up with Toronto, who chose to rebuild.
Toronto understood Laurie’s decision. In addition, Laurie’s back number 7 will be permanently absent to acknowledge his contribution.
“Kyle Laurie is retiring as a Raptor,” Toronto owner Larry Tanenbaum told The Athletic. His back number will be on the field. “Lauri is the first permanent absentee in the Toronto club.
“I love Laurie,” he added. “I love his leadership, intelligence, and passion,” he said, showing his affection for Laurie.