Rise Of Kyle Lowry May Demand High Price
The Toronto Raptors surprised a lot of people last season. The Raptors were the top team in the Atlantic Division and captured the third seed in the Eastern Conference. However, the Raptors fell to division rival Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs.
One of the Raptor’s main contributors was the man running the offense, Kyle Lowry. The 2013-2014 season was the final year of Lowry’s contract. It was also the best year of his career.
The Philadelphia native has always played defense well and is comfortable being the main facilitator on offense. However, Lowry has been criticized in the past for his offensive production. Well, Lowry improved tremendously last season averaging 17.4 points and 7.4 assists per game. Lowry was second in scoring in Toronto. He also made 38 percent of his three-point shots.
The Lakers have reported interest in Kyle Lowry. With only a few players on the Lakers’ current roster, Los Angeles is in need of talent. Steve Nash will suit up for the Lakers this coming season at point guard. Once Nash retires, Lowry could take over Nash’s responsibilities. At 28 years old, Lowry may decide not to go to the team with the second-worst record in an already very difficult Western Conference. Los Angeles is trying to rebuild, which is not necessarily a situation Lowry wants at his age.
If not Los Angeles, then perhaps Lowry is interested in something more familiar. The Rockets, where Lowry played a little over three seasons after being traded to Houston by the Memphis Grizzlies, are recruiting the point guard for his services. The Rockets’ priority this offseason is Carmelo Anthony. They will not sign Lowry unless they have enough cap space to sign Anthony.
Still, Jeremy Lin is rumored to be out the door, leaving a spot open for Lowry. If Lowry were to sign with Houston, he would most likely take over as the starting point guard. Lowry would already be playing alongside James Harden and Dwight Howard, so adding Carmelo to the mix gives Lowry another scorer on offense. Unfortunately, Lowry may see his points per game decrease playing in Houston.
The Miami Heat are also in need of a new ball handler. The Heat have not been particularly talented at point guard in recent years, but they got by with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the floor. However, their lack of talent at point guard was apparent during the playoffs. If Wade and Chris Bosh do take pay cuts, there may be enough cap space to sign Lowry.
Lastly, the Raptors are hoping to re-sign their team leader. Without Lowry, the Raptors would not have been nearly as successful as they were last season. If they want to keep Lowry, they may want to show the point guard their gratitude with a significant pay raise.
Lowry’s best year came at a very convenient time. He is one of the top point guards in free agency this summer. There is no doubt Lowry is worth more now than ever before, and it will become apparent after he finally decides where he wants to play.