Sign and Trade would only work if Lowry wants to go to a specific team and that team doesn't have enough cap space to sign him outright.. but yeah, otherwise most teams could just free up enough space and sign him outright without giving the Raptors anything in return.
Does anyone think there is a gentleman's agreement in place to sign KL in offseason?
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Unless you want 2-3 years more of lottery level basketball, then its the top priority. Of course if I'm Kyle and I watch Demar continue his Rudy Gay impersonation, I'm out.
"My agent handles that stuff, I just go with the flow and play basketball"... This is all Kyle has ever said when asked about the topic of his contract; I've got little doubt there is NO deal in place at the moment, and that negotiations will get hot if this goes to the summer. He hasn't even ever suggested that "I'd really like to end my career in Toronto if things work out". The media is talking him up as the top PG in the East this year -- the entire Eastern conference -- do you really think he's got some soft spot in his heart, or so much love for his teammates, that he (along with his agent) would turn down 5 years and $60M somewhere else to take 3 years/$30M to stay in Toronto (for instance)??
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That said, I don't like the risk of going to free agency, so I'd rather he be traded. Then again, I'm also an avowed pro-tanker, so what do I know.
The Lakers, with a rumoured past interest, just makes too much sense in my opinion.
Lakers are going to have a dead weight contract in Nash and a desired asset for the Raptors in their 2014 pick. I think the Lakers would like to enter free agency with Kobe, Lowry, and $30M in cap space versus Kobe, Nash, a likely 10-12 lotto pick, and $30M in cap space. Nash is done.
I would like to see the Raptors keep Lowry for remainder of season and trade DeRozan. If DeRozan could drop his 21 points on 15 shots while still getting those 5-6 rebounds and 4-5 assists, that would change everything, but I just don't see that happening, unfortunately. His last game (in which he was exceptional scoring) was by far the exception and nowhere near the norm.
Sorry, off track.
Keep Lowry and sign and trade Lowry this off season to LA. Most PGs have there best seasons under D'Antoni, total PG coach dream.
Like the result you describe, not the risk.
Although sign me up for the DD trade!
I've leaned completely towards re-signing Lowry to a little less then what DeRozan is making, if it's possible. Or, maybe a somewhat similar deal to what DeRozan is making?
At this point extending Lowry seems unlikely. I wish he would have been extended earlier as his contract amount continues to rise We still are in a good position to resign him though.
We really need to extend Lowry now. He is the leader of our team and we need to keep him. When you think that Fields will get 8.5 million next year it is not unreasonable to expect 9-10million per year at this point and hope he doesn't dig it next year.
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