The Toronto Raptors and star point guard Kyle Lowry appear to be on the verge of parting ways. Lowry has been mentioned in trade rumors, with his hometown Philadelphia 76ers being potential suitors for the one-time NBA champion.
Although Philadelphia is an intriguing destination for the veteran guard, the 76ers will also have to give up several assets to land him in a deal before the NBA trade deadline on March 25.
“A source said Lowry would like to be in Philly,” wrote Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer. “The source believes the Sixers and Raptors might be able to get something done. But if it comes to that, Toronto would most likely want some picks, young players, and veterans with expiring contracts for Lowry, who’s making $30 million this season.”
Lowry apparently will want to be paid a premium for his services when he becomes a free agent after the 2020-21 NBA season.
“Still playing at an elite level, the 15-year veteran wants to play two more seasons at around $30 million per, according to sources,” wrote Pompey.
Lowry is still putting up solid numbers in Toronto, with the Villanova University product averaging 18.0 points, 6.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.
The six-time NBA All-Star is also shooting 39.5 percent from beyond the arc and would be a welcome addition to the 76ers backcourt.