Only two weeks ago, the Raptors were prepared to deal Kyle Lowry for future assets and tank the ’13-14 season. But Toronto’s post-Rudy Gay surge has the team “increasingly comfortable” with keeping Lowry and trying to make the Playoffs. Per ESPN.com:
For the first time, there are certifiable rumbles emanating from Toronto suggesting that the Raptors might well keep point guard Kyle Lowry for the rest of the season. Word is new GM Masai Ujiri continues to resist locking into any sort of firm position — leaving open the possibility of a Lowry deal if the offers suddenly get sweeter — but team officials appear to be growing increasingly comfortable with the idea that it’s better to go for what would be just Toronto’s third playoff berth in 13 seasons rather than try to do the absolute uber-tanking it would take from here for the 17-17 Raps to get into Andrew Wiggins range now.