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Rockets say they want to keep Lowry and Dragic. Good luck.

May 28, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

Kyle Lowry AP

We told you this was coming at the same time that Kyle Lowry sounded like a guy who didn’t like his coach and wanted out of Houston — the team would deny this is the case. They have to. You can’t get value trading a guy who everyone knows wants out and you want to move.

So, let the “he can get along with the coach” and trade denials begin. Take it away, Houston Chronicle.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey knew of Lowry’s feelings, but when he discussed them on Friday, he immediately pointed to the competitiveness that McHale and Lowry share. In many ways, they are alike as athletes, playing with a fire and intelligence about the game that elevates them as players.

Lowry might not think so, but with time, they could grow to appreciate that about one another, as McHale eventually grew to appreciate Bill Fitch.

While Lowry left the door open a crack saying issues could be addressed between him and Kevin McHale, nobody really thinks that is the case. He’s going to get shopped around. The obvious first thought is in a package for the Lakers that brings Pau Gasol to Houston (they still covet him).

But there are other teams interested in Lowry, too. From the Toronto Sun.

The Raptors are extremely high on Lowry, so there is little doubt – despite Morey’s desire to keep Lowry in the fold – that he and Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo will discuss a Lowry deal.

There will be a few other GMs calling up Morey as well. Just about every team in the league could use a borderline All-Star point guard.

  1. 00maltliquor - May 28, 2012 at 2:08 PM

    The Raptors are acting like they are desperate for a PG. I’m hearing Nash, Lin, now Lowry? They already got an underated, underappriciated PG in Calderon. I guess out of those three Lowry makes the most sense because the Raps need D to go with their playmaking and that ain’t Nash or Lin. Real question is who is Toronto gonna give back to Houston to make it worth it?

  2. captainwisdom8888 - May 28, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    There’s no way Houston would let Dragic go…you just can’t say enough about the kid. He’s quick, can shoot, knows who to get the ball to and when, he’s super-crafty and can finish around the rim(often acrobatically). He makes his teammates better…

    Dragic learned how to play his position from Steve Nash, and now he clearly looks like a force to be reckoned with in a point guard-driven league. This makes Lowry dispensable.

  3. rocketsbb - May 28, 2012 at 4:53 PM

    Get some value out of Lowry, and hopefully we’ll see dragic in a rockets jersey for many seasons to come.

  4. thekingdave - May 28, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Lowry’s 100% out the door, Morey’s just trying to keep his trade value somewhat salvageable. Although I hope it’s the case, I don’t know whether it’s a slam dunk that Dragic will be back. He says he wants to be here, but who really knows? A dream scenario would be to package Lowry with Scola and Martin to Miami for Bosh and contracts, but I don’t think Miami will pull the trigger, not this season at least. More likely is some amended Pau Gasol trade or winning the “Rent A Dwight” sweepstakes” then shipping him again at the deadline.

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