With the trade of Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings, it appears that Masai Ujiri has decided that it is time to tear this thing down in order to build the Toronto Raptors franchise back to respectability. Nevermind that the departure of Gay literally makes the Raptors a better team simply by getting rid of his inefficient offence, the optics dictate that its reboot time.
Next up to go…Kyle Lowry?
Latest trade scuttle: Raptors trying to construct deal with Knicks that would send Kyle Lowry to New York
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) December 12, 2013
Lowry, averaging 14.6 PPG and 6.7 APG while shooting a respectable 41.9% is one of the few legitimate assets on the Toronto roster which might be able to bring back a real return. Lowry’s dynamic skill set, along with his $6.21-million expiring contract make him an attractive option for team’s looking to upgrade the point guard position.
The New York Knicks are no doubt interested in Lowry’s services, but after Masai Ujiri managed to extract multiple draft picks from them in exchange for Andrea Bargnani, what could they possibly offer in return for Lowry that would be of more value than the flexibility provided by his expiring salary?
There is literally not a single player on this Knicks roster that I would want to see moved to the Raptors for this eminent rebuild, so unless a third team becomes involved, this appears to be a non-starter.
Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the potential package for Lowry consists of Raymond Felton, Metta World Peace and a 2018 first-round draft pick. The Brooklyn Nets are also said to be interested in Lowry, and hav been calling European contacts on Bojan Bogdanovic, a 24-year-old shooting guard with whom the Nets own the rights.