The Toronto Raptors are arguably the biggest surprise of the 2013-14 NBA season to this point. After trading Rudy Gay in early December, the Raptors have found new life behind point guard Kyle Lowry and have fought all the way to the third seed and the Eastern Conference coming out of the All-Star break.
With clear aspirations for the postseason, though, the Raptors might be looking to make a move at the deadline. Though Lowry has been the lifeblood of their success since the Gay trade and even though the Raptors would like to hang on to the guard, they might still be enticed to deal him if they can get a suitable replacement at the position in a deal.
According to a report from Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, the Raptors could be looking for more than a suitable replacement to Lowry. As the New York Knicks are in hot pursuit of Lowry, the Raptors are expressing interest in Rajon Rondo and bringing in the Boston Celtics as a third team in a trade for Lowry.
Rondo won’t be lured out of Boston for a cheap price, though. The report from the Sun stated two reported asking prices, either two first-round picks or a lottery pick in addition to a “talented young player.”
The addition of Rondo to replace Lowry would be an interesting one for the Raptors. Rondo is a much more capable defender than Lowry and a better passer—though the margin between the two may not be as great as some think—but Lowry is the more dynamic and prolific scorer. Adding Rondo would improve Toronto defensively, but the question would be how he would affect the offense. Rondo playing point for the Raptors would likely set up larger scoring roles for guys like Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross on a game-to-game basis.
We’ll see if the Raptors are willing to offer a hefty enough package to land Rondo over the next couple of days and if the Celtics are willing to part ways with the All-Star point guard. Though the potential impact of this deal is still in question to a degree, there’s no doubt that it would shake things up tremendously in the East.