Quote Originally Posted by nycericanguy View Post
i could be wrong but I think that only applies to rookie players on rookie deals. I don't think that would apply to Lowry, so I think TOR could give him 5 years and still give Ross or Val a 5 year deal later.
The Raps can use the designated player provision for one or the other at the end of next season. You can sign a player to an extension after the 3rd year of their contract. The maximum amount of years you can give as an extension for a rookie scale player is 4 years (or 5 years under contract, the last year of his rookie deal plus the 4 year extension). Designated player provision allows you to offer a 5 year extension to a player (or 6 years under contract, last year of rookie deal plus the 5 year extension).