February 7, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (7) moves the ball as center Jonas Valanciunas (17) trails against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) and small forward Matt Barnes (22) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Toronto Raptors likely won’t trade Kyle Lowry

Earlier this season, it looked like Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry could be on his way to New York to join the Knicks.

Although that didn’t pan out, trade rumors have surrounded Lowry throughout the season.

Despite the distractions, Lowry has put together an All-Star caliber season. He’s averaging 16.6 points, 7.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 42.9% from the field, 39.1% from beyond the arc and 79.6% from the free throw line.

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the Raptors will likely hold on to Lowry past the trade deadline and make a decision on him in the summer.

Now it appears the Raptors are less likely than more likely to trade Lowry by the deadline. If a team overwhelmed them with an offer, they’d most assuredly listen, but the likelihood is growing that Lowry will finish the season in Toronto. The chance of a division championship is too enticing.

Aldridge doesn’t expect that Raptors to “invest heavily” in Lowry because this season  could be “fool’s gold, a contract drive by a player with a history of injuries” and the risk of that is “likely too great.”

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