Sometimes the toughest decisions teams have to make are the important ones and the Toronto Raptors have one coming up with Kyle Lowry.
With the trade deadline less than a month away, the Raptors will need to decide whether this is the time to trade Lowry and get some assets or make one last playoff run with the six-time all-star. Well, if they decide to go down the trade route, Toronto will have suitors for Lowry which could give them a chance to get a substantial return.
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Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Lowry is interested in playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Pompey adds that the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers have also emerged as suitors as the Raptors would likely try to put Lowry in the best position to win another NBA title.
There is certainly going to be pushback from Raptors fans when it comes to trading away Lowry but given the fact that he is on an expiring deal, it would be worse to not capitalize on his value. Considering this team is not one player away from being a championship contender, they should be doing what they can to keep their window open.
Toronto Raptors: What would a potential Kyle Lowry trade look like?
According to Pompey, the Raptors would be looking to get draft picks young players, and veterans in return. The tough part is that Toronto and Philadelphia have to figure out how to make the remainder of Lowry’s $30 million salary work.
A trade for Lowry makes too much sense for the 76ers who have struggled to take the next step as a contender despite having the talent to compete for a title. Considering how there aren’t many teams that are seen as true contenders in the Easy, this gives Philly an ideal situation to make a strong push.
The real question is how much would they be willing to give up to make it happen. The Raptors would need the Sixers’ first-round pick, and could ask for a combination of Seth Curry, Danny Green and either Tyrese Maxey, or Shake Milton.
Some might consider this an overpayment for Lowry but if Philadelphia doesn’t capitalize on how well their season has been going especially with Joel Embiid playing his best stretch of basketball, they might not find a better opportunity.
Should the Raptors be looking to trade Lowry? What should they be looking to get in return? Let us know in the comments below.