The Toronto Raptors were the Phoenix Suns of the Eastern Conference as they managed to go from a sure-fire lottery team to almost making into the semifinals of the postseason, and they’re looking to continue to build this offseason by both luring in free agents and by trying to make sure they don’t lose any vital pieces of their roster.
Kyle Lowry was mentioned in a slew of trade rumors back before the February deadline but he ende dup being a rather large part of the team’s success down the stretch of the season. While that made the Raptors happy they didn’t move Lowry in a trade, it also upped the interest level from teams like the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder who may end up making runs at Lowry if the Raptors ‘aggressive bid’ to keep him fails.
Expect Toronto GM Masai Ujiri to make aggressive bid to keep Kyle Lowry at midnight, try to wrap up deal before Miami/Houston can engage.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 30, 2014
The Raptors aren’t a free agent destination, so it may be hard to replace Lowry especially after missing on Tyler Ennis in the NBA Draft his past week. Toronto will want to do all they can to keep the guard they thought about trading, but we shouldn’t rule out a sign-and-trade situation should talks break down and either Miami or OKC suddenly gets involved.