As the NBA rumor mill continues to churn, it appears Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry may be the next domino to fall. According to an article by Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star, Lowry is dissatisfied with his current franchise.
“Even if the organization did manage to make a deal for a big-time player, Kyle Lowry is a free agent, and multiple league sources say the all-star point guard has been grumbling about dissatisfaction with the Raptors for months,” Arthur wrote. “As of mid-May other teams were being told Lowry had ‘zero interest’ in returning to Toronto, even if the Raptors offered a maximum five-year deal. Which since the club had no intention of offering a five-year deal probably made Lowry’s declaration easier to make.”
Lowry has since denied the rumors, addressing the situation on social media.
I dont do this ever but :
Don't believe what you hear !! Especially if it didn't come from me, and that bs FOR SURE didn't come from me..GN
— Kyle Lowry (@Klow7) June 20, 2017
Last summer, the Raptors re-signed shooting guard DeMar DeRozan to a five-year max contract, which will pay him $139 million.
Lowry has blossomed into a three-time All-Star since joining the Raptors in 2012. He was named All-NBA Third Team in 2016, getting the Raptors two games away from the NBA Finals. He is coming off a 2016-17 year in which he averaged a career-high 22.4 points per game.
One of Lowry’s options was to join the Philadelphia 76ers, but following their acquisition of the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft to select Washington point guard Markelle Fultz, that seems like an unlikely destination.
Another team with their eyes reportedly on Lowry are the San Antonio Spurs, but the possible addition of Chris Paul could dwindle Lowry’s options even further.