Kyle Lowry is on the trading block in a cost-cutting move by the Toronto Raptors to clear cap space for next summer’s crop of free agents. The former Villanova point guard could be a perfect fit for the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Raptors are rumored to be in discussion with the New York Knicks about acquiring the starting point guard. The Sixers can swoop in and make the deal work for Lowry.
He’s a starter, but can be moved to sixth man as a way to cut down on the wear and tear starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams is experiencing. The Sixers can also move Carter-Williams to shooting guard and have him play alongside Lowry in the backcourt.
The move would also be perfect for the Sixers, who would essentially rent Lowry for the rest of the season for $6.2 million before he’s a free agent after this season. Lowry would be a mentor to Carter-Williams, as well as become his backup.
Lowry is averaging 14.6 points, 6.7 assists and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 41.9-percent from the field this season. He could also become a locker room presence for a young and inexperienced team. The Sixers certainly would benefit from his defense. He and Carter-Williams would be tough for opponents to score past them.
The Raptors are looking to move Lowry after acquiring Greivis Vasquez from the Sacramento Kings. Vasquez is expected to replace Lowry in the starting lineup.
This trade may work out, but the Sixers may have to throw in a first-round draft pick, considering the Raptors are looking to free salary cap space but not give up too much. The difficult part will be to convince the Raptors’ management into taking on the contracts of injured shooting guard Jason Richardson or starting forward Evan Turner, who is also on the block.