With Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry set to become an unrestricted free agent, the rumors around him are beginning to heat up.
Many pundits believe that Lowry, who is coming off his finest season as a professional and probably should have been an All-Star last season, could leave the Raptors in favor of the Miami Heat if the Heat come calling. Playing with a championship contender and the best player in basketball, LeBron James, is certainly tempting. However, James remaining with the Heat is no sure thing and the Raptors are building something in Toronto. They went 48-34 last season and won the Atlantic Division.
In the end, Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders expects Lowry to re-sign with the Raptors, but obviously isn’t ruling anything out.
Until we hear what the core guys are going to do (June 29 deadline), none of these rumors involving bigger free agents have legs in my opinion. Once we know whether they’ve come to another agreement/understanding, then we can start actually putting the pieces together. Part of me think Lowry and Toronto realize just how good of a fit that was and come to terms. Sometimes, you have to go with things that fit and build from there…and of course (because I said that), we’ll all be finding out he’s joining forces with Miami come July, ha!
Lowry averaged 17.9 points, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game while sooting 42.3% from the field, 38.0% from beyond the arc and 81.3% from the charity stripe for the Raptors last season.