Kyle Lowry is having the best season of his career, but his tenure with the Toronto Raptors could end very soon. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Raptors are looking to move their starting point guard, but could be asking for too much in return.
@ESPNSteinLine: Trade rumble: Sense around league remains Toronto more likely to trade Kyle Lowry than keep him to prevent losing asset for nothing. But …
@ESPNSteinLine: Issue here hasn’t changed: No team out there willing YET to meet Raps’ asking price for PG who, nice as he’s playin, can bolt in free agency
Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is known for swinging deals beneficial to his team, so the fact that he is asking a lot for Lowry, who is having a borderline All-Star season, is really no surprise.
This seems to be a classic situation of a team looking to cash in on the value of an expiring contract, but at the same time unwilling to let go of the player for nothing. No team will give too much in return to rent Lowry for half a season, and it’s quite likely that Ujiri is looking for first-round picks. Lowry is averaging 16 points, 7.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game this season.