Lowry finishes season with team
There will be a lot of talk about Kyle Lowry’s contract status from now until the end of the season especially if the Raptors aren’t meeting expectations.
Masai Ujiri and his front office staff have shown no hesitation to make a move if they feel it can make the team better. So while trading Lowry could be a possibility, it’s one that would be tough to make considering what he means to this franchise.
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There is no denying that Lowry will get his number retired by the Raptors and he should be the first one to receive the honour. It’s no coincidence that his arrival sparked the team’s transition into a legitimate contender in the East and he’s the heart and soul of the team.
It’s because of his leadership both on and off the court that Leonard’s departure didn’t throw the Raptors into a freefall. His desire to be a force on defence while also commanding the offence makes him a valuable commodity.
Of course, he’s 35-years-old and the Raptors have made investments in VanVleet and Flynn to be the future of the team’s backcourt. They will take every opportunity to learn under Lowry but they also need to be ready for the time when the veteran decides to move on or vice versa.
All you can hope is that Lowry is involved in any discussions if it comes to the point where the team wants to move on from him. He’s earned the respect to have some say in how his Raptors’ tenure comes to an end and it’s tough to see that happening before or at the trade deadline.
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