HoopsHype Kyle Lowry rumors

January 30, 2014 Updates

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

Word is they're not sold enough on Lowry, who will be a free agent after this season, to throw big, long-term money at him. But he's playing so well that trading him now could upset the fan base. One GM told me that if the Raptors start losing, they'll likely trade Lowry. But if they keep winning, they won't move him for fear of the PR hit. "For Masai, this is a horrible situation long-term because Lowry's playing himself into an All-Star position and you can't just let an All-Star walk away,'' another GM said. "I think Masai's thinking, 'It's never been about this year, so let's get what we can for Lowry.' But if I'm a team that needs a starting point guard, I'd wait until the summer to go after Lowry.'' Precisely. With Lowry hitting free agency this summer, no team is going to give the Raptors equal value for a three-month rental. ESPN.com

January 29, 2014 Updates
January 27, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Trade rumble: Sense around league remains Toronto more likely to trade Kyle Lowry than keep him to prevent losing asset for nothing. But issue here hasn't changed: No team out there willing YET to meet Raps' asking price for PG who, nice as he's playin, can bolt in free agency Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

January 18, 2014 Updates

As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors' point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. Even Lowry, in the midst of a career and possible All-Star year, laughed it off. "If I win the MVP you'll see pigs fly," he joked after leading his team to a bounce-back 94-89 victory over the Timberwolves Friday. TSN

January 15, 2014 Updates

The Heat have been scrounging around for another ball handler, and made some initial inquiries on Kyle Lowry and a couple of other bigger names, per sources around the league. But with nothing to offer, they got nowhere. Douglas is the kind of little guy who theoretically fits Miami’s system on both ends. He’s quick, and he’s a ballhawk who can jump passing lanes, pressure ball handlers, and generally run around a lot in ways the Heat’s defensive principles require. Grantland

But Lowry is well aware of the looming NBA trade deadline, which strikes six weeks from tomorrow. “If something would have happened, it would have happened,” Lowry said on Wednesday afternoon. “It hasn’t happened yet, but we still got a couple more weeks away. But I am still focused on doing my job for the Toronto Raptors.” Sporting News

Just yesterday, a story on BleacherReport.com said that the Warriors had considered dealing for Lowry, but had decided his presence might create a problem in the locker room. Golden State, which has been looking for backcourt help, instead dealt for Celtics guard Jordan Crawford. Asked about the notion of potentially being a locker room problem, Lowry shrugged. “I didn’t hear that,” he said. “I don’t know where they got that from. I just want to win. If they did not trade for me, it does not matter, I am still a Raptor. I am more worried about my camaraderie with my teammates here, and all we want to do is win, more than anything else.” Sporting News

On Tuesday morning Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri was asked during an appearance on Brady and Walker on Sportsnet 590 whether he would open to the idea of signing Lowry to an extension. “When we look at these things and we look at the way you’re talking about now and doing something moving forward, you have to look at how long does it take you to develop a point guard in that position?” Ujiri said. “And what would the team go through to get a young point guard and develop him? Or how do you get this type of point guard? Or can you work on some of the things that Lowry doesn’t do well and help him grow? Because he is a starting point guard in the NBA and I think he is phenomenal player.” SportsNet

January 14, 2014 Updates
January 13, 2014 Updates

On New Years Eve, Raptors fan Alan Vale traveled from Toronto to Chicago for vacation and to attend the Raptors-Bulls game. After the Raptors 85-79 win, Vale, one of the few road fans in the United Center, got point guard Kyle Lowry’s attention and was about to score a pair of game worn kicks. But, as Lowry tossed the sneakers one by one, another random fan intercepted BOTH from Vale’s reach. Lowry didn’t forget the incident and the Raptors invited Vale to watch pregame warmups Monday night against the Bucks where the Raps PG then surprised him with a new pair of sneakers. beyondthebuzzer.com

January 11, 2014 Updates

For the first time, there are certifiable rumbles emanating from Toronto suggesting that the Raptors might well keep point guard Kyle Lowry for the rest of the season. Word is new GM Masai Ujiri continues to resist locking into any sort of firm position -- leaving open the possibility of a Lowry deal if the offers suddenly get sweeter -- but team officials appear to be growing increasingly comfortable with the idea that it’s better to go for what would be just Toronto's third playoff berth in 13 seasons rather than try to do the absolute uber-tanking it would take from here for the 17-17 Raps to get into Andrew Wiggins range now. ESPN.com

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