HoopsHype Kyle Lowry rumors

June 26, 2014 Updates

As Lowry enters unrestricted free agency next week, that’s one of the main factors that he’ll consider as he weighs his options. Lowry wants to hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy in the near future, and this summer he could put himself in position to do that. “I think the right situation is somewhere I’m winning and being happy, and honestly I want to play for a championship,” Lowry told Basketball Insiders. “I’m happy with making the playoffs and doing that, but the end game for all players should be a championship and that’s what I want to play for. I want to play for a championship.” Basketball Insiders

When asked if he has given any thought to joining the HEAT, Lowry would only say that he hasn’t given the rumors much thought at this point. “I haven’t really thought about too much lately with free agency because it’s still not here,” Lowry said. “Until something’s actually put down on the table, I mean rumors are just rumors. It’s just like the trade deadline – rumors are rumors until something is actually done. For me, I can’t think about what if or what could happen. I’m just focused on what’s realistic and what’s factual and what’s on paper. … I’m not worrying about the things that I can’t control until July 1, 12:01 on Tuesday.” Basketball Insiders

For a moment, it seemed like Toronto might overhaul the roster and rebuild. The team’s other veterans were suddenly questioning their standing with the team, and Lowry admits he thought he was going to be sent packing. “Honestly, I thought I was going to get traded,” Lowry said. “I thought it was going to be a done deal, to be honest. But Masai was very open and up front with me, and I understood everything that was going on. So it wouldn’t have been a surprise if it would have happened because he was up front. And, of course, I think every player should know that they can be traded at any moment, at any time. It’s a business. All I have to do is be a professional and go out there and do my job.” Basketball Insiders

It's not inconceivable that Lowry could wind up playing with James if he re-ups with the Miami Heat, but the economics in that equation would make it extremely challenging. The more likely scenario, by far, involves Lowry getting paid handsomely by a team that wasn't able to convince the four-time MVP to come its way. According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Houston Rockets — whom Lowry played for from 2009 to 2012 — are one of those teams. While Rockets general manager Daryl Morey will woo free agents like James, Anthony and Heat center Chris Bosh (if he opts out of his deal), he also will pursue Lowry if those initial options are no longer in play. USA Today Sports

June 25, 2014 Updates

It's not inconceivable that Lowry could wind up playing with James if he re-ups with the Miami Heat, but the economics in that equation would make it extremely challenging. The more likely scenario, by far, involves Lowry getting paid handsomely by a team that wasn't able to convince the four-time MVP to come its way. USA Today Sports

"This is a huge summer. Obviously, Kyle Lowry (is an) unrestricted free agent. I'm a restricted free agent … Hopefully they keep the team together," Vasquez said about Toronto, which was eliminated in seven games of a first-round playoff series vs. the Brooklyn Nets, to WNST. "You don’t know. What I know is that I have one of the greatest times this past season with the Toronto Raptors. After coming off a tough injury I finished up the season very very strong and I did my thing. "Ultimately I want to be, hopefully in Toronto. I still got to give myself a chance to be a starting point guard. I feel like I can do many many different (things) now that I’m healthy. I have to give myself another shot. I have to earn that. I understand perfectly the things that I have to do for me to be the point guard that I want to be." CSNWashington.com

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