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Report: Rockets GM in Philly first night of free agency to chase Kyle Lowry

Jul 1, 2014, 12:35 AM EDT

Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

Kyle Lowry is a highly sought after free agent for a couple reasons.

One: The point guard position has become key in the NBA and he is the best one available, a, aggressive, slashing player who puts up points, can dish the rock and plays strong defense.

Second: He’s available, unlike some of the guy atop the free agent ladder (LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, etc).

The Toronto Raptors think they can keep him and are going hard with a big money offer, but Houston Rockets’ GM Daryl Morey and coach Kevin McHale were making a first hand pitch in the opening hours of free agency as well, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

It might be easier to list the players the Rockets are not going after. Plus trying to keep Chandler Parsons (who is going to get a lot of interest from the teams that strike out with Carmelo Anthony).

In some ways Lowry makes more sense than Anthony for the Rockets. He and James Harden would form as dynamic and maybe the most aggressive and attacking backcourt in the league. Plus Lowry gives the Rockets a good defender at the guard spot. One of the concerns with Anthony on the Rockets is that him and Harden together on the floor at one time leaves a lot of defensive messes for Dwight Howard to try to clean up.

Lowry has a lot of suitors. Miami has interest but the prices being bandied about — the Raptors offer reportedly starts at $12 million a year — is going to be too rich for their blood unless some of the big three take a massive pay cut.

Toronto GM Masai Ujiri is confident the Raptors can win him back, in part because of a big money offer that begins with at least that $12 million number.

What Lowry has are options.

  1. brianjoates - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    When did McHale return to the Twolves?

  2. Hard On For Harden - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    McHale’s there to apologize or bury the hatchet. This would be awesome if this happened, but I think he goes back to Toronto. It’ll all be interesting.

  3. saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:12 AM

    On that backcourt note – I think the Mavs with Ellis would also be an intriguing option. Mavs, Raps, Hawks, Rockets and Lakers are right to fight hard for this kid – he’s a borderline all star and he can push a team into solid contention.

    • brianjoates - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      He is still young, and sure he could add a ton to a team ready to win a title like Miami or build more in Toronto, but he should look big picture, being so young, he could be the PG of the Lakers…it still holds alot of weight in LA, lots more revenue streams can open up for him at this stage. And the Lakers will be back soon enough, they always seem to right there ship, but Dr. Buss was that captain.

      • saint1997 - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:28 AM

        I agree with you man I have to say. Kobe is still at least a 20 PPG scorer, and he could have incredible chemistry with Randle, a 20-10 guy for the future (maybe 4 seasons). If the Lakers add Ariza as well then they are looking like a playoff contender with solid D and good half court options in those guys. Not to mention the chance to play and learn with Steve Nash, one of the greatest. Nash could almost specifically be a pick&roll coach for Lowry and Randle to work with

  4. mbuda732 - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:15 AM

    I hope he stays. If he can’t come to the knicks than let those Raptors fans who filled Maple Leaf Square for every Raptors playoff game. Always told people back in the day that Lowry was the best player on that Nova team with Randy Foye. Kid is about to get paid and deserves it. He was great in the playoffs for the Raptors against Brooklyn.

  5. antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    A lowry to introduce myself, I’m Pat Riley.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      Cmon… what about a charity thumbs up?

      • campcouch - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:28 AM

        I got ya.

      • sumkat - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:35 AM

        I got ya

        But it would probably help if you weren’t on every post about a FA talking about how Riley is already signing him

      • antistratfordian - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:45 AM

        O RILEY? Please tell me more.

  6. campcouch - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    I hope he stays in T-Dot and continues to build with that team. These young guys want to make a name for themselves,not be a missing piece to somebody else’s aspirations.

  7. clevelandrox - Jul 1, 2014 at 3:41 AM

    would be nice if he stayed in canada…im sure he will

  8. caeser12 - Jul 1, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Lowry would have to fight Harden to get the ball out of his hands.

    Stay in Toronto Kid, they deserve a good team led by a good player.

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