Oh how quickly a season can change.
No more than a few weeks ago, the Toronto Raptors were a phone call away from blowing up their roster and taking part in the Great Tank of 2014. But a deal sending Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings seemingly changed the culture of the franchise and a winning streak now has the Raptors looking towards the playoffs.
Prior to that winning streak, the Raptors couldn’t give point guard Kyle Lowry away fast enough, but combined with the teams winning ways and Lowry’s improved play – the Raptors may opt to keep their veteran guard.
Per Marc Stein of ESPN:
For the first time, there are certifiable rumbles emanating from Toronto suggesting that the Raptors might well keep point guard Kyle Lowry for the rest of the season.
Stein does add that the Raptors will leave the door open if a team wants to dramatically overpay for Lowry (not happening), but that they’re comfortable keeping him for the remainder of the year.
Lowry will be a free agent at season end.