Kyle Lowry always seems to be in trade rumors every year. The Raptors didn’t seem convinced by Lowry until he helped them to a franchise-record 48 victories last season. Lowry finally signed a long-term deal with Toronto in the offseason. And to add to that, Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri said this last weekend. From The Toronto Sun:
Masai Ujiri walks up to a gaggle of reporters and upon hearing the topic of the day is Kyle Lowry immediately states “I’m not trading him.”
And Lowry even got more of an endorsement from NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, according to Ujiri:
Ujiri had plenty of help with making that call based on plenty of conversations he has had over the years regarding Lowry.
“I remember walking up to Dikembe Mutumbo in Basketball Without Borders when I took the job. He said to me, ‘That guy you got, Kyle, he’s really good. But he has to be a starter, though. He has to be a starter. He has to be running the show.’”
Mutombo meant that Lowry needs to have his own team to run. And Ujiri has given Kyle just that. Even though DeMar DeRozan takes the most shots on that team, you best believe that Lowry’s going to have the ball in his hands for the most part.
Of course, it’s always possible that Lowry could get traded midseason. But Ujiri shutting down the thought of trading him has to feel good for Lowry since he always seems to be on the block. The Raptors got themselves a good one.
Lowry pic courtesy of Getty Images.