There were reports on Thursday that Kyle Lowry would welcome a trade to the Philadelphia 76ers ahead of the NBA trade deadline. While Lowry’s name is going to be mentioned among trade candidates, Lowry’s agent shared that the veteran point guard is focused on helping the Toronto Raptors make the playoffs.
"There was a story about how he is pushing to go to Philadelphia, that's just not true."
Kyle Lowry's agent, Mark Bartelstein, tells @TermineRadio & @Jumpshot8 the Raptors point guard isn't go anywhere. pic.twitter.com/Rr3adxI9iz
— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) February 25, 2021
Lowry, who is in the final year of his current contract and is set to become a free agent in 2021, has had his name floated around in trade rumors. Amid the rumors, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey listed the 76ers, the Miami Heat, and the Los Angeles Clippers as potential landing spots.
Despite the interest he’d likely garner on the trade market, the Raptors haven’t publicly shared their interest in trading him ahead of the deadline. At the same time, Lowry is keen on helping Toronto become a playoff team this season.
The Raptors are currently 16-17 as they’ve won eight of their last 13 games, which places them as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference. Even though Lowry wants to remain in Toronto, if the team believes it’s best to move him before he hits free agency, they could choose to acquire future assets.
Of course, Lowry — who is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania — could be traded to his hometown team. The 34-year-old guard would give the Sixers another player to operate the offense while also giving Philadelphia much-needed playoff experience.
As the trade deadline approaches, Lowry could be mentioned in a slew of rumors due to his impending free agency in 2021. With that being said, Lowry’s agent is making it clear that the veteran guard is solely focused on helping the Raptors this season.