Such is life in the NBA when you’re in the last year of an affordable contract.

According to Ken Berger of CBS Sports, a number of teams – Lakers, Knicks, Nets, Timberwolves, Warriors and Celtics – have inquired about Kyle Lowry’s availability. Berger notes that although GM Masai Ujiri is encouraged with the team’s recent success, the Raptors GM is “determined to take the long-term view”. He also notes that Ujiri has many deals on the table involving swapping Lowry for expirings. Excerpt:

In addition to the Lakers, Knicks and Nets, the Timberwolves, Warriors and Celtics are among the teams that have inquired about a deal with the Raptors for Lowry, league sources say.

Ujiri is determined to take the long-term view. With the deadline less than seven weeks away, Ujiri is said to have multiple deals he could do for Lowry that would involve receiving an expiring contract in return or slotting him into another team’s trade exception. Taking back future salary would come at a high price, i.e. a first-round pick.


  • arsenalist

    Swapping Lowry for expirings? Lowry is an expiring. I’m not even sure what these “sources” mean anymore.

    If he can get a lottery pick for Lowry, so be it, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

    • TheSpiceTyrant

      The question I have is whether KL’s recent play is auditioning for another team or if he’s actually bought in. Masai is looking for ‘chemistry’ which clearly exists ON the court. But off the court? Is KL intent on remaining a Raptor when his buddy Rudy has been traded away?

      • ScottSegal

        I don’t think Lowry will sustain his current play , it’s all about his future contract IMO

    • Dr. Scooby

      expirings et un pick perhaps?

    • DDayLewis

      Agreed. Makes little sense UNLESS the move is to get worse to lose games on purpose.

    • ItsAboutFun

      Yeah, the rumours from “sources” drive me nuts. Not as much that writers put it out there, as readers and other writers pick up on it, and before long it’s fact, accompanied by all kinds of assumptions.

      So many of these are writers seemingly just imagining/speculating what maybe, could be, what someone is thinking, but try telling that to people that run with it. And then you get the Lowry/Knicks kind. As this one says, teams are calling Ujiri to see if Lowry is available. What probably happened with that Ny one, is that the Knick GM calls MU and says what can get me Lowry (thinking like some writers that the Rudy trade was all about tanking),,,,, MU says, sure, for the only #1 pick you’ve got in the next 5 years, plus your two best young prospects,,,,,,, as in a deal Dolan can’t help but refuse. What happens from that? A NY writer (Woj) picks up on it, and some people run with it and say MU is shopping Lowry hard, which then becomes the story all over the internet.

      I have no doubt Masai is getting lots of calls, and I have no doubt that he’s listening to every one of them. That’s a big part of his job, but the way these things get twisted and take on a life of their own……. sheeeesh

      Nuts I tell you. nuts.

      • DDayLewis

        The sourcing policy on most sports publications is deplorable for the most part, but Woj and Berger are as reputable as they come. This isn’t some random writer from Bleacher Report fabricating reports to garner page views.

        • ckh26

          They may be .. but on a slow newsday no one is inure the spray and kneel. (Put something up on the wall and pray it sticks or, in this case, gets picked up on the wire services).

        • ItsAboutFun

          Perhaps you missed the point. I didn’t say Woj generates BS.

          I started with suggesting the NY “talks” were about NY calling Masai,,,,,, NOT Masai shopping KL. Did Woj write anything, that he knows, to say otherwise? I then went on to say that OTHERS (writers/fans) pick up on a “teams are talking” snippet,,,,, and it takes on a life of it’s own, turning into something very different than reality.

    • Bryan Colangelo

      No way Masai is making a lateral trade with zero benefit to us,

      My guess is that Masai is trying to flush better offers out. At the very least, you got to get another team to take a contract we hate (Fields) off our hands.

  • Jimi

    “Ujiri is said to have multiple deals he could do for Lowry that would involve receiving an expiring contract in return.”

    This is the funniest thing that I’ve read in a loooooooong time. Ya think? Ya think that there are mulitple teams with a ‘deal on the table’ in which one of their scrub expirings is swapped for an expiring who’s been playing like an All-Star???

    The only possible way to explain this would be if Masai wanted to outright tank and was just swapping good for mediocre. But if this was the case, he would have done it weeks ago – so this doesn’t make any sense whatsoever.

  • Tanks-a-lot

    Long term view is best with a loyal fan base and a HUGE MARKET

  • moe

    I can see some teams giving up picks for a chance to make playoffs I.e nets/Knicks. if they fail to make playoffs with that much salary committed, they will be jokes

    • Jonathan Mac Lean

      Problem is they’ve already given away most of their picks… pretty sure the Raps got some on the Bargnani trade. It’s not that they will be jokes, they are.
      Out of picks, huge semi-imovable contracts, under performing stars… I think they’ll bounce back, question is can they before its too late?

  • Stephen Brotherston

    “Ujiri is said to have”?
    All Ujiri has ever said is he is evaluating – he doesn’t leak his deals ahead of time..
    And the guy isn’t stupid – if Ujiri pulls a trade for anybody, the Raptors will be better off afterwards – not stuck with some other team’s crap

    • DDayLewis

      It doesn’t mean that Ujiri said he has deals on the table, it means that sources say Ujiri has deals on the table, which is quite likely if it’s just various teams proposing deals to the Raptors (ie: New York and the Nets front offices leaks like a sieve).

  • Bendit

    CP of Clippers out for 3-5 weeks…sep. shoulder

    • DDayLewis

      FWIW Lowry, Fields, Salmons for Blake Griffin totally works

      • some random guy

        If it were NBA 2k14…………

      • MalcomX

        Hmmmmm. Why not?


    Tanking when you are your division leader!!! non-sense at all.
    Raptors need to improve their roster to compete for playoff.

  • RNsteve

    Look-great deal present itself, we go for it- Try and resign if in offseason if possible, but if we can get a damn good draft pick for a few month rental…well.

  • Raptogram

    Right now, Kyle is the heart and soul of the team. Like a Wendel Clark of basketball. He’s playing at an all-star level.

    I trust that if Masai trades him, we will get good value in return. I also trust that Masai knows that trading Kyle will alter this team dramatically, probably for the worse.

    Rudy and Bargnani aren’t what you’d call “winners”. No eye of the tiger with these guys. Lowry has it in spades. We need “winners” if we want to win.

  • some random guy

    No team with Cap room will sign Lowry to the deal that he potential will want (7-10m). No offense to Lowry but he is not a player that you blow your cap room on, and the majority of teams with Cap room (except the Lakers) will be teams farther back rebuilding then the Raptors (at 27, your patience begins to run out in the NBA). If the Raptors can make the playoffs, win the atlantic, and perhaps win a first round series. It will be in Lowry’s interest, in terms of a career move, winning, and money to stay with the Raptors. If not, do a sign and trade on the off season and at least pick up a serviceable player or draft pick.

  • Keepup

    I think that the point is that if Ujiri takes back salary, then it will be expiring contracts (not long-term salary anchors). Picks/prospects also have to be coming to the Raptors in any deal. If the deals don’t look promising then I think that Ujiri should consider re-signing Lowry. Replacing him won’t be that easy. Remember how long the Raptors toiled with a mediocre PG position?

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