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Trade rumor update: Nets may be Kyle Lowry frontrunners

Dec 13, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

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When last we left off with “Days of our Kyle Lowry,” the Raptors were shopping their favorite point guard around hard and had talked with New York. Then Knicks owner James Dolan pulled the plug on it because… well, he’s James Dolan.

Now the Nets may be the frontrunners but the Knicks want back in the talks, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

As New York Knicks executives work to convince owner Jim Dolan he should ignore public criticism and complete a deal for Kyle Lowry, the Brooklyn Nets are gaining traction as a possible destination for the Toronto Raptors point guard, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

The Knicks are desperate for a point guard, and their front office had a deal together that would’ve sent Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and a 2018 first-round pick for Lowry. (That is the deal Dolan reportedly killed.)

How Brooklyn’s pursuit of Lowry impacts Dolan will be interesting, because his sensitivity to criticism over his meddling into basketball deals might be only rivaled by his desire to outdo Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov.

The Raptors and Nets have exchanged ideas on packages for Lowry that include Mirza Teletovic, Tyshawn Taylor and 2011 first-round draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic, league sources said. Bogdanovic is playing in Turkey and could join the NBA as soon as next season.

For the Knicks this is an upgrade at the point guard spot and with the injuries on their team they need it. For the Nets Lowry backs up and plays along side Deron Williams — Lowry is essentially an upgrade from Shaun Livingston.

Golden State also is said to be in the mix. They miss Jarrett Jack and depth is an issue for Golden State, the question is what they would send back to Toronto. It could involve bigs like Marreese Speights or Festus Ezeli, and young players like Kent Bazemore, plus there likely would be a pick or picks involved.

The trade rumors seem to be picking up steam but a deal is not imminent.

  1. basketballhooper1 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    Doesn’t make much sense to me from the Nets perspective…It would make more sense that they target another PF to backup Garnett rather than a backup pg…

    • JHathwell - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:30 PM

      Nets frontcourt depth is passable, but the drop off from Wiliams to Livingston is huge. Having Lowry really helps them not break stride to much when DWill is out. It’s a very nice move for them and more importantly a necessary one, even if they’ll give up too much for him.

      Again, Ujiri is a superb GM. He’ll keep this three team auction going til he gets the absolute most out of of one of these teams.

  2. shanelsweet - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:13 PM

    What did Carmelo say to Dolan about the deal I wonder?

  3. peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I know that the 2011 first round draft pick is a typo, but what first round picks do the Nets have? They sent, what, 3 unprotected first round picks to the Celtics?

    • JHathwell - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:34 PM

      It’s not a typo. It’s referring to Bogdanovich, who was NJ’s 2011 1st rd pick.

    • asimonetti88 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Boganovich was the first pick of the second round in 2011.

      • peterjohnjoseph - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:59 PM

        OH! I misread. I thought it was a typo and that the sentence read “a 2011 first-round draft, and pick Bojan Bogdanovic, league sources said.”

        My bad. Now it all makes sense. Anyone who knows me on these boards is firmly aware that I like to overlook the details.

      • JHathwell - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:14 PM

        Which makes it a factual error, not a typo.

  4. tigers182 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    The Nets don’t have a 1st round pick until Robinson Cano is a free agent again.

    • JHathwell - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:20 PM

      The Nets have their 2015 #1 pick and their 2017.

  5. 00maltliquor - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Makes no sense from the Nets standpoint. Just adding salary at a position not needed nor are there many minutes available for a player of that salary or caliber.

    But if they can get him for just the chump change as reported above, sheesh, why not? Basically giving Lowry away. Why is TOR so intent on getting rid of him in the first place? Anyone with the insight have an answer?

    • katra2logic - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      1) He is not one of new GM Masai Ujiri’s guys
      2) He is a bit temperamental
      3) Somewhat expensive
      4) TO may be ‘tanking’ (Really hating that term). Which leads us to
      5) Masai is looking for draft choice, players on their rookie deals and doing a total rebuild to fit his vision.

      Cheers :-)

    • JHathwell - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:18 PM

      It’s not adding salary, it’s trading salaries.

      For the Nets, it’s about insurance for the injury-prone Williams and depth at guard. When DWIll goes out the team falls apart. This softens the blow.

      For Toronto it’s about getting assets for a guy who is a free agent at the end of this year and will surely leave for nothing. The goal here is young players and/or draft picks, and since there is three or more teams interested in Lowry, Toronto will probably get their price met.

  6. demo3356 - Dec 13, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Not a typo.. He said they could trade and 2011 first-round draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic, He is playing over in turkey currently

  7. alphonse47 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Let the bidding begin. Raptors just let bidding go on. Get as much as you can

  8. alphonse47 - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    Let the bidding go on raptors. Get most you can

  9. freshlikenike - Dec 13, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Nets want a solid bench and Lowry has 2 years left on his deal. Toronto wants Wiggins. Think of what it would do. It would turn al of canada into a super fan. The best prospect to ever come out of canada playing for canada’s only Nba team.

  10. officialgame - Dec 13, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Where are the Nets and Knicks going anyway? Middle of the road mentality.

  11. cantonbound13 - Dec 14, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Brilliant move by Toronto to get the Nets involved. Now Dolan will give more just so the Nets don’t get him.

  12. penvik - Dec 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Raptors have very good management in place now. Could be very strong in the coming years. Few first rounders to play with already too end young talent. Hard to assemble a team like that cause you have to suck for a while. Well Toronto just sucked for a long time so here we go!! Some teams would spend money to fix their problems when sometimes it’s just better to build over the long haul

  13. muhangis - Dec 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Kyle Lowrie is an under-rated pg, but I don’t envision him becoming a substantial difference-maker if he goes to the Knicks. Any pg who plays for the Knicks, their role is reduced. They basically bounce the ball up the court, pass it off, sit-back and let the ball hogs do the rest.

    I say keep the 1st rd. pick (even if it goes against their anti-rebuilding philosophy, or however you want to call it.) Ppl on here talk as if it’s something worth garbage and it’s not. You can get a great player in this draft coming up.

    Raymond Felton and Metta are expendable, although.

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