NBA Rumors: Pacers want to trade for Kyle Lowry?

Jan 24, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) gets past Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. The Raptors defeated the Sixers 104-95. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Indiana Pacers currently own the best record in the NBA, but that doesn’t mean they’re not aiming to improve come the Feburary trade deadline.

According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Pacers have interest in trading for Toronto Raptors point guard, Kyle Lowry.

The Pacers may be among the teams who will make a play for Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry at the Feb. 20 trade deadline, according to several reports. But the more the Raptors win, the more it looks as if they will hang on to Lowry. It’s an interesting situation, because Lowry is a free agent at season’€™s end.

Of course, the status of Lowry’s future with the Raptors is very cloudy. Toronto was doing everything they could to trade the defensive minded point guard earlier this season but seemingly backed off those attempts as the team began to play better.

But with Lowry’s pending free agency, more and more people seem to believe a move will eventually happen.

It’s not known what the Pacers are potentially offering up.

Topics: Indiana Pacers, Kyle Lowry, NBA Trade Rumors, Toronto Raptors

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  • Pridenpoise

    Toronto needs to hold the Pacers feet to the flames, and find out just how much they want Lowry, if they can get some good value maybe you pull the trigger. It would probably mean the end of a decent playoff run for Toronto, and the fans would be pissed.

    • poot

      well here’s the thing, Rapetors clearly don’t want Lowry back. they’re doing nothing to hide that. what do they want in return? Uriji’s history points to young talent, draft picks, and/or cap relief. even if they opt-in on Amir (which they should) Rapetors will still be way under the cap next summer. So take cap relief out of the equation. Only way it could play in- if Indiana is willing to take back non-expiring contracts (in the words of Larry Legend, this will not happen as Indy is already pressing up to the luxury tax line and will not cross) OR if Rapetors want immediate relief this season, in which case they need to trade more away than they bring back in. With Lowry @$6.2m, that’s not likely to happen.
      Take draft picks out of the equation as well. Indiana will pick around #30 in the draft for the next few seasons, and they already gave away next year’s pick for Scola.

      So young talent… Lance, PG, Solo Hill and Orlando Johnson are they only players under 25 on the team. Lance and PG aren’t going anywhere. Either of them is better than any package of players Rapetors could provide. Solo Hill and OJ are essentially fodder, like Plumlee of last year, maybe more playing time could help, but no one will trade a (by default) All Star point guard for DNP-CD / D-league scrubs.

      So what does that leave Indiana with to offer? Guys like Watson or George Hill or Copeland or Mahinmi? Not going to happen, Rapetors would never do that. Granger’s expiring? It’s an asset, but does not help unless Toronto can clear longer term contracts. But as said, Pacers will not be complicit with this.

      Granger, Watson and Solo Hill in exchange for Lowry, Novak and Salmons

      Toronto sheds a couple mill this season, long term remains about the same, but acquire a cheap top-tier-backup point guard and a rookie on a late 1st rd contract.
      Indiana can waive Salmons and then decide if they want to keep Lance or Lowry.

      It doesnt really help Indy, but it’s about all i can come up with that actually works.

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