There was a time where Kyle Lowry’s days with the Toronto Raptors were uncertain and now it’s hard to think where the franchise would be without him.
Lowry accomplished something only DeMar DeRozan and Chris Bosh have done in a Raptors’ uniform and that’s score 10,000 points. It’s not an insignificant accomplishment and it really speaks to the longevity of success Lowry has found since his arrival.
"“I would have never expected it to be here and I tell you guys that all the time,” Lowry told reporters about the milestone. “But it just shows in life things happen for a reason and situations happen for reasons, and you continue to work hard, and you continue to believe in yourself. And having a city like Toronto backing me and the relationship myself and [president Masai Ujiri], [minority owner] Larry Tannenbaum, Bobby [general manager Bobby Webster] we’ve created, the relationship I had with DeMar [DeRozan], all the guys that have been through here, I can keep going on naming guys, but it just shows that hard work pays off. In life, you can’t pick and choose where you’re meant to be, but when you are there you take full advantage of it.”"
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Obviously, it’s has been a tough season for the Raptors but it’s encouraging to see how Lowry has been performing. On top of that, he has been a leader with the young squad.
After starting 2-8, the Raptors have been getting back on track going 5-3 in their last eight games. Their loss against the Milwaukee Bucks shows that they remain a tier below other contending teams.
It would be easy for people to want the Raptors to try and get back to being a contender but it’s clear that they need to look at the big picture. More importantly, they need to realize that short-term fixes can’t be the solution.
Toronto Raptors need to do right by Kyle Lowry and consider his future
Going into the season, there was a lot of talk about what the tough decision the Raptors might find themselves in when it comes to keeping Lowry at the trade deadline.
Every fan would love to keep him on the team but given how he is performing this season, it would make sense to look at his trade value on the market. There are teams that could use Lowry for a playoff run and the 34-year-old deserves another chance to chase a ring.
If he does stay, you wonder what the commitment will be going forward considering the holes the Raptors need to fill and that they should be looking to model their roster to go up against the other top teams in the East.