Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has already shown his intention to deal as many players as possible to start a rebuilding process with the Canadian franchise.
The Raptors already sent Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings for a collection of short-term assets, and with the team apparently looking to deal anyone not named Jonas Valanciunas another player is gathering a lot of interest around the NBA: point guard Kyle Lowry.
Lowry is on an expiring contract, and at $6 million this year he could turn out to be a bargain for a contending team looking for some help in the back court or maybe some scoring off the bench. He’s adept to play both guard positions, and he can act as a primary ball handler with ease.
The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in him, but it remains to be seen if they have enough pieces to land him; the Raptors are looking to acquire draft picks, and with the Knicks reluctant to include them on the deal it doesn’t seem like this could be a good match.
The Brooklyn Nets and the Golden State Warriors are two other teams that have already inquired for Lowry. The Nets are also not keen on parting ways with their picks, but on the other side the Warriors appear very interested in the veteran as he could fill the role that Jarrett Jack had with the team last season in their playoff run.
The trade deadline is still months away, and the Raptors can gamble all they want to get exactly what they want in return for Lowry. It’s clear the franchise is moving in the right direction with all of these moves, and while Lowry is a very serviceable player trading him would give the team more options towards the future.