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Report: Raptors trade for Rockets’ Kyle Lowry

Jul 5, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

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The Raptors did not win the Steve Nash sweepstakes, but it looks like they have landed a very good and underrated point guard. At least for next season.

The Raptors reportedly have reached a deal for Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. The trade would be for a future first-round pick, and David Aldridge of is saying that it is required to be a lottery pick. Which is the reverse of the traditional lottery-protected pick.

But Lowry would be worth it … if they can keep him.

Lowry was a borderline All-Star point guard at the start of last season, and on the year he averaged 14.3 points and 6.6 assists per game with a PER of 18.9. But he went down with an injury and Goran Dragic almost Wally Pipped him, playing so well Lowry never got his regular minutes and rotation back. Which led to issues between Lowry and coach Kevin McHale and Lowry asking to be shipped out of Houston.

With Lowry and incoming rookie Terrence Ross and last year’s pick Jonas Valanciunas, and with coach Dwane Casey getting Toronto to actually play defense last season, the Raptors become an interesting team. Likely not a playoff team, but interesting. And the Raptors will get the full effort from Lowry because he is a free agent next summer.

The question is can the Raptors keep him. Otherwise they may miss this future lottery pick as they rebuild.

As for Houston… who needs a point guard? Dragic is headed to the Suns, Lowry is a Raptor and while they are making an offer to Jeremy Lin the Knicks will match.

Still, I like what Houston is doing in this sense — they were stuck in the NBA’s middle ground, fighting for a late playoff spot and getting an okay pick every year. Even if they have to go backward to go forward, they are shaking themselves out of that rut.

  1. rocketsbb - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    Lowry is worth a lot more than that….

    • pglive21 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:50 PM

      If David Aldridge is right and it’s required to be a lottery pick then I think it’s pretty fair value for a good but not great pg. If it’s just a future first rounder then I think you’re right, Lowry is worth more than that.

  2. cantonbound13 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    Morley & Collangelo battling for worst gm in NBB. $20million for Landry Fields??? LMFAO!!!!

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:31 PM

      Who is morley

    • saint1997 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      Who is Collangelo

    • saint1997 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM

      And where is the NBB played?

  3. loungefly74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:57 PM

    that middle ground is tough…not good enough to break through…not bad enough to draft a “gamechanger rookie”…rockets need to do what the Pistons did in the past and get a bunch a glue-guys…they have come close with recent rosters but i think they should keep lowry and continue with that…but hey, im no GM…

  4. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    The pick could come back to bite us, but considering how desperate I expected Colangelo to be after losing out on Nash, I’m shocked at how cheap he was. And besides, the Raptors are the masters of finishing 9th anyways so it might end up being quite the steal.

  5. kinggw - Jul 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    The Raps should thank Nash for saving them time and money. This is the deal they should’ve made all along. Lowry is a better fit both short and long term for Toronto, hopefully they can convince him to resign.

    • passerby23 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:29 PM

      Totally agree. This makes much better practical and financial sense. They are building a team and Nash sticking around for 2 or 3 years would’ve only brought some fanfare, but not a long term solution for the Raptors.

      Lowry fits into their defensive schemes, brings toughness and athleticism, and is a younger player to build with. All they are lacking now is a star. Hopefully with all the cap room they still have, they can make a move next summer.

  6. gmen4life33 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    “but they are close to landing a very good if underrated point guard.”

    what does that mean

    • adzs - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      He’s good but doesn’t get the props he deserves e.g. last years all star snub..

      • gmen4life33 - Jul 5, 2012 at 6:52 PM

        thats not what that sentence means. I think thats what he was TRYING to say, but not what that sentence means.

        What the sentence is saying is. IF you underrate him, THEN hes a good player. Makes no sense.

      • meyerwolf - Jul 6, 2012 at 6:49 AM

        No gmen, that’s not what it means. Adzs is correct. The use of the word “if” in this sentence is the same as “even though” (check out – meaning no. 2)

  7. patfic15 - Jul 5, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    3 teams already. Chauncey 2.0

  8. dal24la - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    So who is going to be the PG for them?

    • saintlaron - Jul 6, 2012 at 4:10 AM

      Return of Aaron Brooks?

      • dal24la - Jul 6, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        He is a realistic option for them but they’d still need a back up…I don’t believe any team wants their 2nd and 3rd pgs to be 5’5 Earl Watson and D-League player Courtney Fotson

    • flyrocket31 - Jul 6, 2012 at 2:56 PM

      raymond felton is out there. and sessions

  9. flyrocket31 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Budinger, Dalembert, Lee, Camby, Lowry all gone and we now have 10 forwards/ Guards and one PG.

  10. sauvy2324 - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    I agree with who is playing pt for them? They lost Dragic, traded Lowry, Lin is rfa so he’ll get matched…demon, Kidd, chauncy are gone, Augustine is going to resign, so basically there are few options left…”starting at pg for the Houston rockets…6’7″, Shaun Livingston. Is Paul wall available?

  11. dysraw1 - Jul 6, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    boy oh boy the raps.keep making moves that i like, i knew that Kyle was there for the taking. Once again the the Knicks are too slow

  12. KOBEshigawa - Jul 6, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Obviously a great get for the Raptors – a borderline All-Star point guard on a ridiculously affordable contract that could potentially transform a Toronto team that has a lot of pieces but no on-court direction. Kyle Lowry could be the key. But more importantly – What is Daryl Morey thinking here? If he’s truly trying to make headway for a superstar (a market which may only feature Dwight Howard at this point), isn’t KEEPING Kyle Lowry what you want to do? If indeed Morey’s plan is “asset accumulation”, isn’t Lowry one of the best assets you could find? I’m so confused. We wrote more here:

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