With Kawhi Leonard in town, the Toronto Raptors have been playing like title contenders all season. Getting past the likes of Boston, Milwaukee and Philadelphia can become a difficult challenge for the North. The Klaw will need some help when the postseason comes around.
Kyle Lowry is set to turn 33-years-old shortly before the playoffs, and with the NBA trade deadline coming this Thursday afternoon, Toronto has reportedly explored their options.
Despite being named an All-Star reserve in the Eastern Conference, Lowry isn’t exactly having a very good season, averaging just 14.1 points and 9.2 assists per game, on a lackluster 40.9% shooting from the field.
The Raptors are looking to bring in more talents to help out the team’s championship aspirations. Parting ways with Lowry by Thursday could become a reality if the right scenario unfolds.
Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated reports the Toronto Raptors have offered both Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas in a trade proposal to the Memphis Grizzlies, in exchange for aging stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.
Perhaps of greatest intrigue, the Toronto Raptors have called Memphis offering Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Lowry for both of Conley and Gasol, league sources told Sports Illustrated. Memphis, sources said, would prefer to receive younger players such as OG Anunoby or draft assets in any exchange with Toronto that would send Conley north. The Grizzlies of course rejected Toronto’s initial offer.
Lowry has been made aware of Toronto’s negotiations involving him, according to once source close to the All-Star point guard.
Don’t be surprised to see Toronto contact other teams in order to acquire a younger, more productive guard. Jrue Holiday and Kemba Walker are names to watch out for.
Masai Ujiri and the Raptors’ front office have kept themselves busy with trade discussions, most notably with the Washington Wizards over the availability of Bradley Beal.