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Report: Raptors may yet decide to trade Kyle Lowry

Jan 27, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

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If the Toronto Raptors are serious about making a playoff run this season they will need Kyle Lowry at the point. At 22-21 they currently lead the Atlantic Division and would be the four seed heading into the playoffs, and in the East the idea of the Raptors making the second round of the playoffs if they remain a sixth seed or higher is a reasonable one.

But being the third best team in the East this season is fool’s gold and Raptors GM Masai Ujiri knows it, he knows he needs to build long term. He also knows it is likely Lowry bolts Toronto via free agency this summer.

Which path is Toronto going to take?

Marc Stein of ESPN says other people around the league think they will be moving Lowry.

Toronto is in a good position here.

This is a franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008 and has only gone twice in the past dozen years. A playoff run, even one that just lasted one round, is something the fans would enjoy (especially since the Andrew Wiggins dream is all but dead for them). As long as Toronto keeps Lowry they are almost a lock to make the playoffs in the East (although streaking Brooklyn could catch them for the Atlantic Division lead).

And if a team does present Toronto with a good offer for Lowry, they take it and build for the future. Which is what is happening there this year whether they take a one-year detour into the postseason or not.

The bottom line, expect a lot of Lowry Trade rumors the next few weeks as we race toward the Feb. 20 trade deadline.

  1. theworkhorsebackdotcom - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Better to get something for him than nothing. Even though this season would be an anomaly it is hard to ignore how well the team has been competing since the Gay trade.

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 27, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Trade him to the T-Wolves and have him replace the fraud that is Rubio.

    • vikesdynasty - Jan 27, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Its sad to say, but I agree. Rubio does everything besides score and play sound D. Unfortunately thats rather important. I’d say try and trade our 1st round pick this year or next for him and throw in JJ

      • coachjac30 - Jan 27, 2014 at 7:17 PM

        so you want to trade Rubio, a first rd pick and barea for Lowry? Yeah, that should get Kevin Love to choose to stay in Minnesota.

  3. 00maltliquor - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    I hate teams that just trade good pieces just because they are scared they are gonna bolt instead of putting on their big boy pants in the negotiation room and seeing how it plays out.

    Cohesion and consistency with players all the way down to personal is what builds a winner and eventually a Contender/Champ people.

    • mckaymatt - Jan 27, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      I would agree that cohesion and consistency is a big part of building a winner. I would also say that the raps aren’t going to be a contender/champion with what they have a Kyle Lowry this year or next.

      If he is willing to take a decent salary number/ year going forward the Raps resigning him makes sense. If he is going to try to get paid the most money in FA then trading him now makes the most sense.

      He isn’t exactly a spry chicken…I think getting back pieces for a team that needs talent would be the best case scenario here.

  4. coachjac30 - Jan 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    If you can resign him to a 4/44 deal, or something in that neighborhood, I would resign him. He’s only 27, and lets be honest, Toronto isn’t exactly a desired free agent destination. Starting with the building blocks of him, Ross and Valenciunas, and Derozan is a good start. Maybe they would rather attempt to resign Vasquez over him. Look over their roster, they are paying Novak/Camby/Field/Hansbrough 20 million dollars combined next year, and Camby isn’t even on their team.

    i say keep him, and try to resign him. Worst case scenario, you lose him in free agency, possibly resign Vasquez and get the gate of at least 2 home playoff games this year.

    I do think they are in good hands with their GM.

  5. jolink653 - Jan 27, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Ujiri and the Raptors are in a great spot in terms of Lowry. They can hold out for a team to get desperate and meet their exorbitantly high price for Lowry, or they can hold on to him if no one is willing to give up that much for him and make a playoff run in a terrible Eastern Conference. Ujiri is an intelligent guy and I expect this situation will work out either way for him.

    I’m just praying the Knicks don’t get stupid and reconsider trading for him. He’d be a nice piece for them to get, but not at the expense of Shumpert or Hardaway and a first round pick

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