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Unless there are major changes, Kyle Lowry wants out of Houston

May 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

Kevin McHale, Kyle Lowry

That sound you hear is the sound of 29 teams’ GMs heads whipping up like German Shepherds when there’s a loud noise. Houston Rockets “should-be-All-Star” Kyle Lowry sent a message loud and clear through the Houston Chronicle. He has a problem with Kevin McHale, he has a problem with how minutes were split with he and Goran Dragic, and unless things get resolved real quick, he wants out. Kaboom.

“I don’t think so,” Lowry, 26, said. “I honestly think it would be tough. Things have to be addressed. The situation would have to be addressed.

“If things aren’t addressed coaching-wise, I guess I have to be moved.”

via Ultimate Rockets » Disgruntled Lowry feels it’s his time to move on.

Check out the rest of the interview for more discussion from Lowry about how it is not working with him and his coach in Houston. This is pretty big stuff. Now, a lot of guys will express negative feelings right after a season is over and then things cool down. And Lowry’s not blasting outright. This is strong stuff, but “I guess I’ll have to be moved” is different from “It’s time” or any of the other flat-out trade demands used.

The second this came out, the Pau-Gasol-to-Houston trade talk lit up Twitter like a Christmas tree. Houston, of course, was set to receive Gasol in the vetoed Chris Paul trade last year. They have badly wanted a dominant big man to score inside with their army of talented wings. This would provide them within one, in exchange for what may be the best production-for-dollar-value contract in the league and a top 10 point guard. But with Goran Dragic available to be re-signed, that gives them options there.

But considering Kevin Martin‘s struggles and Luis Scola‘s downturn last year, do the Rockets seem monumentally better with a Dragic-Parsons-Gasol core?

That’s skipping several beats ahead, however. There have been no discussions, and there likely will be no discussions any time soon, as Daryl Morey will not negotiate from a position of weakness. Morey and McHale both downplayed Lowry’s comments, and the team’s not going to trade away Lowry and then try and re-sign Dragic from that position.

Nothing will happen as of now, but it’s something to put on your radar. If Lowry’s on the block, there will be callers. Lots of them.

  1. mungman69 - May 26, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Well, then, get rid of him. There are a lot of teams that would play him.

  2. glink123 - May 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    Kyle who?

  3. abchome - May 26, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    coach killer wannabe…

  4. rocketsbb - May 26, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    I’d rather trade him now. Kyle played great until the bacterial infection right after the all star break that took him out 19 games. When he came back, he got Very little playing time because he wasn’t really healed and played worse than earl boykins. Dragic has proven he’s Capable of a starter role and it’s better resigning him than Lowry who always complains about calls and coach Mchale who isn’t bad. Hopefully they don’t get gasol and waste lowry’s value on him.

  5. bhester1906 - May 26, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    Pau Gasol for Kyle Lowery…plus some other players etc….

  6. biasedhomer - May 26, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Why get rid of him?
    The minutes problem can be fixed easily since Dragic is a free agent.
    Coaching wise, they may need a new coach, a team with that much talent should not be missing the playoffs.

  7. mungman69 - May 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Trade him for Matt Moore

    • censoredpost - May 26, 2012 at 1:42 PM

      Like my Dolphins don’t have enough QB problems…. Oh you mean this guy.

  8. dspohn55 - May 26, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    Who does this guy think he is? He just averaged 14 and 6 on a pretty talented team that didn’t make the playoffs. Dragic might be better anyway.

    And Matt Moore where do you get off saying “should’ve been an All-Star” Kyle Lowry? Who should he made it over, Tony Parker, Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook?

    • passerby23 - May 26, 2012 at 3:30 PM

      Add Steve Nash to that list who averaged 12.5 and 10.7 this past season. You also have Monta Ellis who didn’t make the cut. If Kyle Lowry did make the all-star team, Matt Moore would be writing something like this, “Great to see Lowry getting some recognition, but hard to see him getting the nod over Paul, Parker, Westbrook, or Nash. Statistically, Ellis has also had a better year. This will leave some people scratching their heads.”

  9. flyrocket31 - May 26, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    Sign and trade Dragic along with Martin for gasol and keep Lowry. The Rockets planned on building with Lowry, Gasol and would have tried to sign NeNe. He played at an all star level and should have beat out Nash. He’s the heart of the rockets and will definitely make the all star game next year.

  10. mnsadsportsfan - May 26, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Mchale did such a good job in minnesota they hired him in houston. wow it amazes me

  11. 00maltliquor - May 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Lowry had a nice season, and is a real good player…but with the way Dragic striaght balled out when Lowry went down I’m not sure they really need to keep that kind of headache, especially when he’s so disgruntled with McHale, who did a fabulous job IMO. I’m not so sure that there is going to be as many teams calling as Mr.Moore seems to believe though, almost every team in the league seems to be set at the PG position and Lowry fancies himself as a heavy minutes starter.

  12. greatminnesotasportsmind - May 26, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    Just another over paid diva

  13. lakerluver - May 26, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Send that “over paid diva” to my beloved LAKERS, they would gladly take him for Gasol. And throw in Martin too.

    • 00maltliquor - May 26, 2012 at 9:35 PM

      I wouldn’t take that offer. Our LAKERS size advantage something I would love to keep.

  14. lakerluver - May 26, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    What has our “size advantage” done for us the last two seasons? Either Pau or Bynum has to be traded. The only way I’m trading Bynum is for Howard, so that leaves Pau. I’m pretty fed up with Pau’s disappearing acts in the playoffs. Fantastic player but the LAKERS have gotten all they’re gonna get out of him. Therefore, move him now while he still has some trade value.

  15. monkeyhateclean - May 27, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Given how much easier it is to find a decent head coach than a young PG with amazing upside, dump McFale yesterday. He’s never accomplished anything since his BOS playing days, and was renowned being lazy/disinterested as a GM in Minny.

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