Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry has been involved in numerous trade rumors this season, as it looks like both sides are ready for a new chapter. A few front runners for the potential trade emerged, as contending teams like the 76ers, the Clippers, and the Heat have expressed interest in the 34-year old point guard, with the 76ers being the closest to a deal.
Lowry has become a Raptors legend, as he has been in Toronto since 2012, notching six All-Star appearances and most notably winning the championship in 2019. Kyle has established himself as one of the most tenacious guards in the NBA, a great 2-way player and teammate. Even though he has a great relationship with the Raptors management and Masai Ujiri, the bad start to the season and Lowry’s age have started a conversation about Lowry leaving Toronto.
The 76ers and Lowry have a mutual interest, as he is a Philly native, and playing in his hometown would be very appealing for him. On the other side, the move could improve the Sixers one step further even though they have already been great this season, being on top of the East Power Rankings. Simmons and Embiid could use a player of his quality and experience, especially in the playoffs.
When you look at the numbers, the trade could be made by sending some picks, a young prospect like Tyreese Maxey, and few veterans like Danny Green or Mike Scott to add the contracts and match the numbers. That way, both sides would be satisfied with returns. If you are the 76ers, you need to jump at this trade, as they have a good enough team to go all in and try to make a run at the championship. For the Raptors, the move isn’t too exciting, but it is fair as Lowry is on an expiring contract. With the great relationship they have with him because of his status in the organization, they would try to fulfill his wishes.
When you look at how the fit would be on the court, the move makes even more sense. Lowry is not your typical star, as he does the “dirty” things on the court. Taking charges, guarding the pest perimeter players, and doing everything it takes to win. The defensive backcourt of Lowry and Simmons with Embiid behind them could be great defensively. He is straightforward to insert as he can play on and off the ball on the offensive side, being a threat from the outside. Lowry has had a bit of a down year, but 18.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, and 7.2 apg are still really good and would be just what the 76ers need to go to the next level.
The trade was looking a lot more probable when the Raptors were struggling and looking like they will have a bust for a season. But they have since picked it up majorly, as they improved to 17-20 and the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference Rankings. Now it is a question if the Raptors believe they could take on some of the top teams in the playoffs with this team or look to move on and change the team’s core.
This can go either way, as we could see Lowry once again leading the Raptors in the playoffs and maybe even against the Sixers at some point, or being a part of the Sixers and having a revenge series against his former team. It will be exciting either way. I can’t wait to see how it pans out.