Things were not going well for the the Toronto Raptors early in the season.
General manager Masai Ujiri responded by dealing forward Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings.
Then, they nearly traded point guard Kyle Lowry, but eventually chose to keep Lowry, who is having a fantastic season.
“[We came] very, very close [to a different path],” Ujiri said via Bruce Arthur of The National Post. “I think it was clear for us that after the Rudy Gay trade we were going to see how this whole thing was going to play out … but one thing that really encouraged me was that Kyle, I think Kyle really grew up. We had some honest discussions, and some honest challenges.”
The Raptors are now 43-32, are currently in third place in the Eastern Conference and have opened up a 2.5 game lead on the Brooklyn Nets in the Atlantic Division.
Lowry is averaging 17.4 points,7.6 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game this season.
Lowry missed the Raptors’ 107-103 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night with a knee injury, but it is not considered serious.