ESPN: should Raptors trade Lowry?
Old 02-05-2014, 12:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fact or Fiction: The Raptors should move Lowry before the deadline.


Adande: Fiction. Kyle Lowry's impending free agency diminishes his trade value ... and actually increases the consolation if the Raptors don't trade him. If there isn't a player on an absolute bargain of a contract coming back in a trade, might as well let Lowry walk and take $6.5 million off the payroll with him. Or the Raptors could use their Bird rights to re-sign a borderline All-Star.

Elhassan: Fiction. Somewhat related to the argument I made in my column about Boston keeping Rondo, finding good two-way point guards is increasingly difficult in this age of tremendous talent at that position. Lowry can be prickly, but he is productive, an intense competitor and only 27, and there's no guarantee Toronto can find even an adequate replacement to build around moving forward.

Feldman: Fiction. I understand Masai Ujiri's fear of having to re-sign Lowry to a big contract this summer, and now would definitely be a chance to sell high. But the Raptors, who have missed the NBA's past five postseasons, are the NBA's feel-good story. Ride out this season's eclectic roster and enjoy it.

Strauss: Fiction. It's too late for Toronto to tank its way to a 2014 lottery pick, so the Raps might as well compete. Historically bad franchises generally shouldn't trade their best player if the playoffs are in sight.

Sunnergren: Fiction. This is a strange situation. Lowry has been the best point guard -- maybe the best guard -- in the East this season, but the trade market for him seems tepid. Couple this with the fact that, at 26-22, Toronto already has done too much winning to make a run at lottery balls, and it looks as though the smartest play for Ujiri is to hang on to his catalyst.
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Old 02-05-2014, 01:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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if you wanted to throw the whole season down the drain, I suppose.
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Said all that a month ago....
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if you wanted to throw the whole season down the drain, I suppose.
This ^^^. Anyone that thinks we should trade him is an idiot.
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This ^^^. Anyone that thinks we should trade him is an idiot.
No, it's idiotic to think short-term and not stick to a plan.

Listen, if someone were to offer me a future first (in this draft or the next two) and a promising young player and maybe some cap flexibility then I think you'd have to strongly consider that because you're turning one asset into several (potential) assets and possibly adding to the core.

And, by all accounts, that's till Ujiri's thinking (or at least was).

The fact is that while Lowry has blossomed into a leader on this team, gotten into shape and really bought into team play, he's a huge question mark going into the offseason and really, there's no guarantee he'll sign.

Do I think it's likely he'll be traded? No. Would I trade him for the right package? Absolutely. Can that package occur if a team panics at the trade deadline? Yep.
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This ^^^. Anyone that thinks we should trade him is an idiot.
That's a pretty bold statement. What if a great offer came along? I agree that you don't trade him for the sake of trading him, or trade him just because you fear he might leave in free agency but you have to keep your phone line open and at least consider all offers.

It's not a matter of should we trade him or not. It's a matter of evaluating any offers against the potential consequences of him leaving in free agency.

At this point it doesn't look like there will be any strong offers which makes me happy. He's been a treat to watch this year and I'm hoping to watch him compete this way in a raps uniform for the remainder of this year and into the playoffs...and hopefully on a fair contract for the next couple of years.
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NBA Trade Rumors: Lowry, Fields & Novak to Indiana for Granger & Watson? - Raptors Rapture - A Toronto Raptors Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Now this... this is idiotic. The only good side is getting rid of Fields.
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I would do that, we get rid of two contracts for a contract that ends this season, we would need a young player or pick coming our way though especially since we would be trowing our season away late into the year
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Now this... this is idiotic. The only good side is getting rid of Fields.
Yuck!!!


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Do I think it's likely he'll be traded? No. Would I trade him for the right package? Absolutely. Can that package occur if a team panics at the trade deadline? Yep.
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Old 02-05-2014, 11:50 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I love him playing for us
that being said, i am a Raptors fan more than a lowry fan

if he doesnt make a verbal commitment to the team next year, let masai rape someone in a trade!

also I'm very confident we would make the playoffs w/o lowry and with him we may still lose in 1st rnd

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