Kyle Lowry opened up a lot of eyes last season, playing at a borderline All-Star level for the Houston Rockets, before getting hurt. In the initial stages of the 2012-13 season, now in Toronto, Lowry showed much of the same potential, as he overtook the starting point guard job from the long-serving Raptor Jose Calderon.
Calderon has since then managed to work his way back into the starting lineup, mostly due to the fact that Lowry has missed time with various injuries. It has been rumored for a while that the Raptors might be looking to move one of their point guards, possibly as a part of a multi-player package for Pau Gasol, and most believed that, after 8 seasons of loyal service to the Canadian franchise, it was time for Calderon to pack his bags. According to Ken Berger, of CBS sports, that might not be the case:
”Toronto also has a point-guard problem to solve. And while Jose Calderon has frequently been mentioned as trade bait, league sources say the Raptors are far more amenable to trading Kyle Lowry, who has not made many friends in his new surroundings.”
“Kyle Lowry, who has quickly worn out his welcome in Toronto, could be an option for the Mavs or Hawks, who are both in need of point-guard help. With only $1 million guaranteed next season, Lowry would be a short-term fix without clogging up future cap space.” – Ken Berger
In the first 3 games of the season Lowry averaged 23.7 points, 7 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game, before getting hurt and missing 6 straight games.
Despite being somewhat undersized, Lowry has proven time and again that he truly has the ability of a complete point guard and play maker, while also being a very good rebounder for his size.
As Berger suggests, it seems as though, despite putting up several impressive performances, Lowry isn’t quite settled in his new environment. He is a very entertaining player, but it wouldn’t be surprising if the Raptors decided to move the 26-year-old. Lou Williams is out for the season with a torn ACL for the Atlanta Hawks, and Lowry would quite likely fit in well with the Hawks, who will need all the help they can get going into the playoffs.
Stay tuned to KJG as we continue to track the latest trade rumors.