Kyle Lowry is in something of a precarious situation with the Toronto Raptors. On one hand, he is a team legend and is almost synonymous with the franchise at this point. On the other, he is a 34-year-old veteran who belongs on a contender, not a team in the midst of a rebuild.
Over the past few weeks Lowry has been linked to numerous trade rumors. It has gotten to the point where he himself is reportedly telling folks that he’s going to be moved.
Recently, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that “the Raptors want to reward Lowry for his years of service by helping him secure an opportunity to win another NBA title.”
Who would ultimately get Lowry in that scenario?
According to Pompey, there’s one landing spot that makes more sense than any other.
“The best spot for the Philly native and Toronto Raptors point guard,” he wrote. “Is the Los Angeles Clippers.”
“Lowry’s best opportunity to win a title is with the Clippers,” Pompey continued. “He’s the one thing they’re missing. The Clippers have two All-Stars in small forward Kawhi Leonard and shooting guard Paul George. They also have solid players in Serge Ibaka, Nicholas Batum, Lou Williams, Marcus Morris, and Luke Kennard to name a few.”
So does that mean a trade between the Raptors and Clippers is inevitable at this point?
It depends on who you ask.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, Lowry’s salary makes him harder than one might expect to move.
“There’s a strong sense around the league that the size of this final season on his deal ($30.5 million) may ultimately result in him staying put,” he wrote.
The real star of All-Star weekend. https://t.co/jAMuWDI2Vl
— Game 7 (@game7__) March 9, 2021
Lowry’s one-year, $30.5 million contract expires at the end of this season. Currently he is averaging 18.0 points, 7.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 40.3 percent from three.
Will something get done before the deadline on March 25? Time will tell. If something does ultimately go down, it feels like there are only two legitimate suitors for Lowry’s services at this point.