RUMOR: Raptors personnel believe a Kyle Lowry trade needs to happen
The Toronto Raptors continue to instate a youth movement within the team as they are reportedly entertaining the thought of trading away veteran point guard Kyle Lowry in the near future.
Bleacher Report‘s Jake Fischer reported that a number of team personnel believes that the Raptors should already move on from Lowry while they can still get valuable assets in return. Despite the latest round of rumors, it certainly wasn’t the first time that Masai Ujiri and the rest of the team brass tested the market for the 34-year-old playmaker.
During Ujiri’s first season in Toronto back in 2013, it was reported that he already scoured for potential suitors and almost dealt Lowry to the New York Knicks. In the 2019 trade deadline, Lowry was nearly included in the trade that sent big man Jonas Valanciunas along with a handful of assets in exchange for center Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies.
All parties involved were already aware that Lowry might be included in the package but those plans failed to push through. The Raptors attempted to get another trade done in the 2020 trade deadline for the veteran point guard but no deal ever came to fruition.
Lowry has been a mainstay for the Raptors since the 2012-13 season after coming over via trade from the Houston Rockets. He snagged an All-NBA Third Team selection back in 2016 along with six All-Star appearances and an NBA title in 2019.
After multiple failed attempts, the coming weeks will see whether or not Kyle Lowry will be traded away by the 2021 trade deadline set in late March.