Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry was fantastic in the 2013-2014 season.
Lowry had his finest season in the NBA, leading the Raptors to a 48-34 record and an Atlantic Division Title. Now, Lowry is set to become an unrestricted free agent and will be looking to cash in.
According to Sam Amick of The USA Today, Lowry could be a fallback option for teams who strike out on the likes of Miami Heat forward LeBron James and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony.
It’s not inconceivable that Lowry could wind up playing with James if he re-ups with the Miami Heat, but the economics in that equation would make it extremely challenging. The more likely scenario, by far, involves Lowry getting paid handsomely by a team that wasn’t able to convince the four-time MVP to come its way.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the Houston Rockets — whom Lowry played for from 2009 to 2012 — are one of those teams. While Rockets general manager Daryl Morey will woo free agents like James, Anthony and Heat center Chris Bosh (if he opts out of his deal), he also will pursue Lowry if those initial options are no longer in play. It would be quite the full-circle kind of story, as the Rockets’ decision to trade Lowry to the Raptors in July 2012 played a vital part in their eventual acquisition of shooting guard James Harden just a few months later (the Oklahoma City Thunder received the lottery-protected first-round pick Houston had received from Toronto in that Oct. 2012 deal). The Los Angeles Lakers, who also plan to pursue both James and Anthony, are also known to be on Lowry’s short list of prospective landing spots.
The Raptors are reportedly going “full force” to retain Lowry.
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.