Philadelphia 76ers Receive: G Kyle Lowry, TOR 2023 2nd Round Pick, TOR 2025 2nd Round Pick
Toronto Raptors Receive: G Danny Green, G Seth Curry, F Mike Scott, PHI 2021 1st Round Pick, PHI 2023 1st Round Pick
Kyle Lowry has been one of the faces of the Toronto Raptors for years and is beloved by his teammates and the entire city of Toronto. It would be very difficult for the Raptors to cut ties with their All-Star point guard, especially with no prior notice, but interestingly enough, the Toronto Raptors are 16-0 in their last 16 games without Kyle Lowry.
This team has plenty of weapons in Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam, Norman Powell, O.G. Anunoby, Chris Boucher, etc. that they are able to open up their offense a little more without Lowry on the floor. No knock to Kyle Lowry, as he is a Top-10 point guard in this league, but Toronto seems to be better off without him, so why not trade him now while his value is at its highest?
The 6x All-Star is in the final year of his contract and will be turning 35-years old in March. He is on the back-half of his career and the Raptors truly need to ask themselves if Lowry can continue to play at a high-level for at least 4-5 more years?
For the 76ers, both Danny Green and Seth Curry were both key offseason additions for them entering the season and while both guys have played really well, they would have to be included in a trade for Kyle Lowry if Philly wants to keep Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid.
Danny Green is in the final year of his $15.3M contract, as is Mike Scott, who is owed $5M this season. The Sixers would definitely take a hit in terms of role players and their overall bench depth, but acquiring Lowry would give them arguably the most dynamic starting five in the league.
Having the ability to start Kyle Lowry, Tyrese Maxey, Tobias Harris, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid not only gives the Sixers an insanely talented starting rotation, but it gives them that other dynamic playmaker they need next to Simmons.
This is the move that Philadelphia can make to solidify themselves as the team to beat in the Eastern Conference, but will both teams be willing to make this deal? Let’s take a closer look as to why this trade makes sense for both teams.