Could Kyle Lowry become the top target before this year’s NBA close of trading?
According to reports, several teams are interested in the Raptors star, who averages 18.0 points, 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game this season while holding 46.1 percent off the field and 39 .5 percent on 3-pointer shoots. He would be a strong addition for any contender in need of a point guard.
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If the Raptors and Lowry decide it is best to part ways before March 25, Toronto stands ready to sell it to a “preferred destination if they can get something of value in return,” said Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. So where would Lowry like to go?
The 76ers, Clippers and Heat are all possible landing spots per Pompey, but one team from this group stands out:
A source said Lowry would love to be in Philly. The source believes the Sixers and Raptors might be able to get something done. But when it comes to that, Toronto would most likely want some picks, young players, and expiring veterans for Lowry, who makes $ 30 million this season.
Trading with Lowry is by no means guaranteed. The Raptors struggled to start the season, losing eight of their first ten games. However, they recovered and jumped to fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Lowry could inform Toronto’s front office that he is happy to play off the rest of the campaign and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
However, if Lowry is looking to pursue a title elsewhere, the Sixers make a lot of sense. A Philly native who played two seasons at Villanova, Lowry was not only able to bring strong numbers to the squad, but also excellent leadership and tenacity. Lowry could also go well with the Clippers. His previous experiences with Kawhi Leonard and Serge Ibaka would certainly make the transition easier.
It’s unclear if Lowry is planning to leave Toronto, but when he hits the trading bloc don’t be surprised if there’s a bidding war on his services.