‘Philly or a Miami’: Former NBA Champion Believes Kyle Lowry Trade a Win-Win for Him and Raptors

Published 03/25/2021, 1:14 AM EDT
Dec 29, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks to pass as he grabs a loose ball against Toronto Raptors center Aron Baynes (46) and guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports


Kyle Lowry turns 35 on the day of the trade deadline, and he would expect a great destination as his birthday bonanza. He switched two teams before finding his solace in Toronto Raptors in 2012.

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Now, after spending eight complete seasons and winning millions of hearts with the Canadian franchise, the star is ready to enter a new galaxy.

The star point guard will obviously want a huge extension from whichever team he joins. This makes the equation tricky, but many teams will still be willing to place their bets on the champion performer. 

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What are the most plausible destinations for Raptors’ Kyle Lowry?

In a recent interview, former NBA Champion with the Warriors, Matt Barnes, made his predictions for Kyle Lowry. The 41-YO player turned analyst expressed, “This is the business of basketball. Unfortunately, this is how it goes down. Kyle Lowry, some can argue is the best Toronto Raptor in the history of their franchise and to lose something with someone like that, I’m sure that’s not something they want to do. But if it’s for the greater good of the franchise… also good for Kyle, a chance to be in another winning position before his time is up.”

Raptors’ Kyle Lowry reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Nets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2005, the Raptors fans had hated how Vince Carter had left them to join the Nets. Later, they placed their hopes on Chris Bosh and finally on the winning combination of Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam, and Kyle Lowry. Now that the 2019 Champion roster is completely overturned after The Claw decided to leave, it makes for a good case to see Kyle Lowry exiting too.

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Where can the veteran star go from here?

Klow is playing in his 14th NBA season and is still averaging 17.6 points at 43.8% from the field. He potentially played his last game for the Raptors as they defeated the Nuggets 135-111 in a game-winning performance from Pascal Siakam.

Kyle has improved his shooting accuracy multifold and still has at least two good years ahead of him. Just as LA-based teams like Lakers and the Clippers would most likely try to bring him on-board, Matt Barnes has his own picks.

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The retired NBA player compared Lowry to Chris Paul and added, “35-YO point guards, CP is an exception, there’s not too many guys at that age that are still really doing stuff on the court. Kyle Lowry is someone who is doing that, so I look to see if he’s able to go to a Philly or a Miami or if the Clippers can pull off something crazy and grab him. You put him in a position to try to win on his way out.”

The most suitable destination for Kyle seems to be Philadelphia, given it’s his birthplace. Plus, the 76ers are very much in title contention, and they can do wonders with the addition of Lowry.

This highly probable move can at least make their case strong against the Nets and later against the WC winners.

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So, where do you think Kyle Lowry would end up assisting/scoring game-winners? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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