At this year’s NBA trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors were the team with the most headlines surrounding them because of the fact that Kyle Lowry was involved in a lot of trade talks. He was the most sought after player at the trade deadline this year and with the Heat, 76ers and Lakers among the many teams to inquire about Lowry, it was looking like the veteran All-Star was going to be on the move.
However, in the final minutes leading up to the NBA trade deadline, the Raptors pulled out of a potential deal with the Philadelphia 76ers and kept Kyle Lowry. Now, after missing the playoffs, the Raptors have a lot of decisions to make, including what they will do about Lowry since he is an unrestricted free agent.
The 76ers, Heat and others are going to definitely show interest in signing Kyle Lowry this offseason, but in the event that he wants to leave, could Toronto work out a sign-and-trade with the veteran guard since they own his bird rights and can give him the large contract that he wants?
It is definitely a unique situation in Toronto over the next few months, but there is no guarantee that Kyle Lowry returns and Greg Swartz of Bleacher Report seems to think that a sign-and-trade could be a viable option for the Raptors.
Of the many teams that are expected to show interest in Lowry, the Denver Nuggets could be a tram that throws their name in the mix given that Jamal Murray will likely miss a vast majority of the 2021-22 season with a torn left ACL. Could the Nuggets add yet another All-Star talent to their roster?
Let’s take a look at a hypothetical offseason trade put together by Swartz to see if this is something that both teams could realistically pull off.