Rumor: Raptors’ Kyle Lowry would welcome trade to Sixers, but Heat and Clippers loom
Kyle Lowry is one of the better point guards in the NBA. He has been in the league since 2006 and has been a key piece to the Toronto Raptors’ success for the last nine years, including winning a championship in 2019. But the 34-year-old is in the last season of his contract, and the rumblings are growing about a possible trade.
Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer highlights the Philadelphia 76ers, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers as three potential trade destinations for Lowry. While all three would be good fits for the veteran, Pompey reports Lowry would welcome a trade home to Philly to play alongside Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons on the Sixers.
Being that Kyle Lowry is from Philly, it has likely been his dream since adolescence to play at home. It seems like it could come to fruition after the Sixers failed to acquire James Harden, but it would take a lot to get done:
The source believes the Sixers and Raptors might be able to get something done. But if it comes to that, Toronto would most likely want some picks, young players, and veterans with expiring contracts for Lowry, who’s making $30 million this season.
It sounds possible the Raptors choose to trade Lowry away in order to prepare for the future. Although they’re currently in the playoff race with a 16-17 record, they likely aren’t a title contender and could do a small roster reset of sorts with younger stars like Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby still leading the way to the postseason.
This is all speculation at the moment. While Toronto has had success without Kyle Lowry of late, perhaps the franchise will decide to attempt one more title push with the veteran point guard. If the Raptors do decide to trade him or he asks out, they will surely attempt to do right by him and get him to a contender, though they’ll still want to maximize his return.