The NBA trade deadline and come and gone, and the Philadelphia 76ers were unable to obtain Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors. It wasn’t a total loss though, as the Sixers did acquire George Hill in a three-team trade. Hill isn’t at the same level as Lowry, but he should suffice as the point guard for Philadelphia.
Either way, Philadelphia fans are frustrated after the front office failed to add Kyle Lowry to the roster. However, to put it plain and simple, Toronto’s asking price for Kyle Lowry was just too high, per The Athletic. It’s one thing to win one championship, but it sounds like Daryl Morey wants to win multiple titles. He explains his thought process when it comes to trades.
“What I’m trying to do is maximize our chance of winning the title over that (three-to-five year) window, with more weight for this year. So if there’s a move that ups our odds a little bit more this year, but really hurts our odds in the future, then that doesn’t make sense,” Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey explained.
An idea that makes sense. Why win one championship only to jeopardize the team for the years after? The price the Raptors were asking for would have put Philadelphia in a bad spot for the coming years. According to The Athletic, the Raptors were asking for “Matisse Thybulle, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green, and two first-round picks.”
Daryl Morey is right in that trading for Kyle Lowry at that asking price would have jeopardized the future of the organization. Kyle Lowry is a fantastic point guard in the NBA, however, considering he’s 35 years old, it’s hard to imagine he’s worth what the Raptors were asking for.