With the way the Raptors have been playing post Rudy trade, it would seem detrimental for Masai to trade away Kyle Lowry whom is firmly our most consistent player, and as we approach NBA Trade deadline (February 20th) ......I would assume at least 90% of all Raptors fans would agree Toronto should keep Lowry to make a playoff push.
Let's say our post season is over, we made it past the first round and lost in the second (to whomever in the east). Lowry with his exceptional play this season, along with strong post season performance (let's say) now enters the free agency (July 1st)
- Should command 9-15 million on the market
TEAM ESTIMATED TOTAL CAP CAP SPACE ▴
Philadelphia 76ers 28,385,008/ 30,614,992
Dallas Mavericks 31,2 50,100/ 27,749,900
Phoenix Suns 31,258,800/ 27,741,200
Utah Jazz 31,313,082/ 27,686,918
Los Angeles Lakers 37,275,953/ 21,724,047
Charlotte Bobcats 41,596,759/ 17,403,241
Detroit Pistons 42,177,875/ 16,822,125
Orlando Magic 45,095,929/ 13,904,071
Atlanta Hawks 47,899,576/ 11,100,424
Milwaukee Bucks 50,218,597/ 8,781,403
Washington Wizards 50,707,779/ 8,292,221
Cleveland Cavaliers 50,875,482/ 8,124,518
Toronto Raptors 51,479,727/ 7,520,273
San Antonio Spurs 52,394,820/ 6,605,180
Boston Celtics 54,607,545/ 4,392,455
New Orleans Pelicans 56,050,700/ 2,949,300
76ers strike me as a team that has a clear cut chance of snagging us of Lowry.
- he is a local, and they are his boyhood team
- they have massive cap space and can offer him the max if they deemed him necessary
- 76ers can offer star minutes and being one of the main primary scorers. Allows them push MCW to sg. I do believe Turner, MCW, Lowry backcourt rotation can be successful along with 76er having extra cap to sign better front court players on the market.
- It's guaranteed 76ers will make multiple major free agent signing most deffinitaly
Dallas and Lakers also strike me as teams that can use and have the ability to pry Lowry from us. These two teams thrive on being winning franchises (big players this summer w/o a doubt). I see Lowry as a Plan B type free agent, if they don't get Plan A.
Magics are one of those random surprise signings that happen ever so often (i'd imagine).
As a fan it would be beautiful for us Raptors fans to see our team in the playoffs, perform well, and on top of that re-sign Lowry (best case scenario for Toronto). But in life nothing is guaranteed, and if I were in Lowry shoes, and 76ers made a strong proposal to me, it would be something I would have to take into great consideration even if it meant burning bridges in Toronto because their are so many benefits and the future looks great for the organization and strong economics and passion from the city.
Us Raptors fans are too accustomed to being burned and seeing our star players leave for nothing (no need to name, names). So as well as Lowry is playing for us, maybe perhaps it is in our best interest if Lowry get's traded (it be foolish not to sell your stock while it's at it's highest return value). No doubt Lowry will continue to improve his game, he's has too strong of a mentality to succeed, which makes him enticing to many teams, which gives Kyle Lowry many many option this upcoming summer.
Masai needs to stop being indecisive and be firm with his decision on moving Lowry for the best interest of the organization.......But hey Lowry could prove me and us all wrong and resign with the Raptors.