HoopsHype Kyle Lowry rumors
Lowry has had the most productive season of his career, carrying a strong leadership load and averaging 16.7 points and 7.5 assists. Toronto risks losing Lowry without compensation to free agency this summer. Lowry, 27, could demand a free-agent deal in the four-year, $45-million range based upon his revival with the Raptors. Lowry was part of multiple trade discussions earlier in the season, but Toronto GM Masai Ujiri could never muster the combination of a young player and a draft pick to settle on a deal. Yahoo! Sports
Which makes GM Masai Ujiri's job all the tougher. The Raptors do not want to give Lowry a big-money contract this summer along the lines of what other point guards who've signed extensions recently: Denver's Ty Lawson (four years, $48 million), Golden State's Stephen Curry (four years, $44 million) or New Orleans' Jrue Holiday (four years, $41 million from Philadelphia). NBA.com
Now it appears the Raptors are less likely than more likely to trade Lowry by the deadline. If a team overwhelmed them with an offer, they'd most assuredly listen, but the likelihood is growing that Lowry will finish the season in Toronto. The chance of a division championship is too enticing. NBA.com
Kyle Lowry got called for an offensive foul on this jumper, and that’s obviously baffling. It’s so egregious that it’s not unfair to question if this was abject incompetence or if something more sinister was involved; Tim Donaghy, the former NBA referee who provided information to gamblers and served time in jail, seems to think the latter: Tim Donaghy @TimDonaghy2 Watch this video...line was 7.5, Sac wins by 8..http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh-game/kyle-lowry-raptors-fall-wrong-end-offensive-foul-072820173.html … The Big Lead
A Yahoo report claimed Toronto's Kyle Lowry was the leading vote-getter among the non-selected Eastern Conference players. The prevailing theory is that Stephenson – who compiled his fourth triple-double on Thursday, more than the Eastern All-Star roster combined – was left out because of his occasional but dramatic gyrations following big shots during games. West didn't want to hear that. “That stuff is petty,” he said. “...The fact that he's beat (the other coaches' teams) and he's had great games against the majority of the coaches … he's a major reason we've been able to get (35) wins.” NBA.com
Toronto is in a quandary. While "tank'' is a strong word, the Raptors' new front office of Masai Ujiri and Jeff Weltman wasn't exactly thinking "playoffs or bust.'' This season was supposed to be about evaluating young talent, evaluating coach Dwane Casey, and positioning the club for the future by clearing cap space and gaining a high lottery pick. Then a strange thing happened: The Raptors started winning. Now the fans, who have been greatly supportive through some tough years, are excited about making the playoffs. The Raptors had talked with clubs about trading both Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but their sudden surge after the Rudy Gay trade has the front office stuck. ESPN.com
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