Why the Brooklyn Nets would want a stud like Kyle Lowry is understandable. Why they would reportedly offer the Toronto Raptors Tyshawn Taylor, Mirza Teletovic and former draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic in exchange for Lowry, isn’t.
I get part of it. That is, the part where the Nets don’t want to send a promising rookie like Mason Plumlee and their 2020 first round draft pick – what the Raptors are said to have asked for – across the border. However, the part where they’d be willing to give up Taylor, Teletovic and Bogdanovic has me more stumped than advance physics did back in the day.
While Taylor and Teletovic haven’t exactly made the most of opportunities they’ve been presented with this season as a result of their teammates dropping like flies with injuries, Bogdanovic and what he could be, if he decides to come to the States within the next year or so, still remain a huge mystery.
The upside has been noted since the day the Nets acquired the 6-foot-8 Croatian scorer in 2011. Not only can he score in bunches, but he can light it up from the three-point line, even at his height. Is that something the Nets want to give up on before even getting a chance to witness his abilities in at least a few preseason games?
Meanwhile, when did Lowry’s worth rise to three potentially respectable NBA players? There’s no arguing that he’s been a solid player throughout his career, as he’s averaged 10.6 points and exactly five assists per game through a little more than seven seasons, but that asking price still sounds much too steep. After all, it’s not as if the Nets would be receiving a brand name in return.
If Brooklyn is seeking to land Lowry in order to make him their sixth man, don’t forget that they’ve got the likes of Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko waiting in the wings while they put their faith in Andray Blatche and Paul Pierce coming off the bench.
Lowry would be a nice pickup, but for that many pieces that the jury is still out on, it isn’t worth pulling the trigger.