Saturday, January 26th, 2013 at 1:37 pm  |  42 responses

Raptors Reportedly Making Kyle Lowry Available

The Raptors have been less than pleased with Kyle Lowry in his first season in Toronto. Lowry has “not made many friends in his new surroundings,” according to CBS Sports, and the team might consider flipping Lowry in a potential deal for Pau Gasol: “Toronto also has a point-guard problem to solve. And while Jose Calderon has frequently been mentioned as trade bait, league sources say the Raptors are far more amenable to trading Kyle Lowry, who has not made many friends in his new surroundings. The Raptors gave up a sure lottery pick for him (which Houston subsequently sent to Oklahoma City in the James Harden trade), so Gasol might be a way to salvage that transaction. Plus, with the new CBA taking effect and shortening teams’ windows for winning, a team like Toronto might feel better about committing 1½ seasons to Gasol than using its cap room this summer to sign a lesser player for four years.”

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    As a Toronto Raptors fan I can agree with this. At the start of the season he was playing amazing, doing everything that this team needed from him. But not at this point hes coming off the bench and his numbers just aren’t the same no more. If we can pull off a good trade I’m all for it. I just want to see our team improve. We ain’t playing that bad this season!

  • http://twitter.com/jay258064 jay jay

    They should keep him and trade caldron but than again they do dumb moves so it’s normal for the organization

  • spit hot fiyah

    he must be somewhat of a headcase if they want to keep Calderon instead of him. Calderon will have to be paid this summer and he is having a decent year, while lowry has one of the best contracts in the League considering his production (which might have slipped as of late, haven’t seen many raptors’ games)

  • zogs19994


  • ChosenOne

    Calderon > Lowry

  • KBM

    Another classic Colangelo off season.

    Passes on future All-Star Drummond, a rare throwback player at the center position.
    Signs top tier FA Landry Fields to a 19/3 year deal.
    Trades away Lottery pick for Humanitarian PG who is an amazing locker room presence.
    Signs Elite PG John Lucas who starts season shooting a blistering 4-35.
    Re-Signs 2 of the best second stringers in the D-League – Gray and Anderson
    Throws money at Derozan in order to somehow bolster our rookie SG’s development.

    Keep it up Brian! I can see this squad growing into a 25-57 in a couple seasons!

  • DaRaptor


  • DaRaptor


  • WTF????


  • KBM

    I personally guarantee Stern won’t be sending the League’s most exciting player north of the border… again.

  • DaRaptor

    If Stern gave Cleveland their LeBron, and Chicago their Derrick Rose, then Stern most def will give Toronto their Wiggins. It’s too good of an opportunity to pass up for giving Toronto their own hometown superstar.

  • VanCityBBall

    so your saying that TRoss is having a far worse season than Drummond? besides they had a Jonas form the draft before who was showing some light before his injury (plus he knows how to make a free throw)

  • KBM

    Did I say anything negative about T. Ross’s game? Or JV’s game? Drummond is going to be special. Clearly I’m just takin digs at Colangelo because he’s supremely incompetent. By they way u in Van? U play ball? I’m looking for more runs.

  • KBM

    Agree to Disagree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505878596 Ed Foley

    Your right on some things, but your an idiot on other points. Anderson was probably one of the best signings Toronto has had this year. He has been clutch, a true vet, and has helped are team in more ways then one. Throwing money at Derozan was a good move, derozan keeps improving and his scoring is way up, his rebounding is up, his assists are up, he’s almost averaging career highs in everything. All he needs to work on now is learning how to create his own shot and working on his left hand. After that he will be a bonafide all star.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=505878596 Ed Foley

    Drummond is almost averaging the same numbers as JV. If you think he’s going to be special, then you have no idea how special JV is going to be.

  • DaRaptor

    Like it or not, Anderson is a selfish player. He’s playing for himself and not for the team. And he’s going to continue playing for himself so he can reward himself with a good contract.

    And I like Anderson, he’s a great player off the bench. But he is no first option player, especially in overtime against an elite team like the Heat.

  • Caboose

    Magic get: Kyle Lowry, Linas Kleiza
    Raptors get: Jameer Nelson, Moe Harkless, 2014 2nd Round Pick
    Kings get: Kyle Lowry, Metta World Peace, Darius Johnson-Odom
    Lakers get: Thomas Robinson, Isaiah Thomas, Francisco Garcia, Andrea Bargnani
    Raptors get: Pau Gasol, Antawn Jamison, 2015 Lakers 1st Round Lottery Protected

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    good Toronto could use another European player

  • KBM

    If you are defending a GM for having Anderson as his go to player in crunch time after a 5+ ‘rebuilding’ years then you sir are the idiot. Thats not good GM’ing.

  • KBM

    And if you had read my comments in this thread you would have noticed that I said I was clearly taking digs at Colangelo, some points were valid some were malice. So pls don’t call me an idiot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    The first trade is puzzling to me, why would the Raptors do that? But I actually really like the second. It has potential to be a win win win.

  • Caboose

    1st one: get a point guard to pair with Calderon since neither should be full time players. 24 minutes for each is perfect. And since they’re both streaky, if one gets hot, the other sits. They both have good attitudes, do split time is fine. Harkless helps fill that gaping hole at SF. And a contract dump is always good.

  • jeff nwagbo

    The second trade is ridiculously bad for the kings, they give up two of their best young players for kyle lowry and meta world peace? why would they even consider it. Isiah thomas for lowry straight up is a maybe but then they have to give up robinson thats crazy

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Man lowry can’t catch a brake, I like his play style. He might be a malcontent but he’s a pitbul on the court, the raptors lack toughness

  • Caboose

    You overvalue Isaiah and TRob. You’re either a vehement Kings fan or you don’t watch their games.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    I think a lot of people were wrong on Robinson…including Sacramento.

  • Josh

    indiana pacers needs a point guard. i guess he’d be a perfect fit for that team

    or Sacramento w/ Demarcus Cousins sounds good

  • Da-Meat-Hook


  • Madubbs


  • Lloyd

    Colangelo doesn’t have any go to players in crunch time. That’s coaching decisions. Say what you want about Colangelo, he’s tried a lot of stuff that hasn’t panned out, but he’s got a difficult job still. Toronto isn’t an appealing city for American players to decide to come here. No superstar will come here on FA especially now when it takes multiple superstars to win. Toronto will only be appealing for players when we get a superstar in the draft (like VC was) who makes Toronto relevent and exciting. Otherwise it’s going to be hard to build a team with players who keep leaving for greener pastures.

  • Max

    He’s been injured, when healthy he plays at an allstar level.

  • Mack

    Signing DeRozan was a good move considering we wouldn’t have been able to match very many offers in off-season 2013. I think Alan Anderson is keepable for his leadership and scoring. And Terrence Ross is going to be a starter for this team in due time.

    Other than that I agree. The rest of the League knows Landry Fields and Amir Johnson are over-payed role players. These are guys you want to trade and yet nobody wants them because the asking price is too high. Aaron Gray is valuable for spot minutes but should be used in extreme moderation. Passing on Drummond is an easy draft decision to pick apart but they already had Valanciunas and he’s expected to be an All-Star eventually as well.

    I must say, though, not considering trading Bargnani before Lowry is absolutely inexcusable. Lowry has a competitive fire Bargnani will NEVER have and Toronto’s been looking for that ever since Bosh left. I don’t care what he’s done as far as making friends or not showing proper leadership; sit on Kyle Lowry, especially considering what you traded for him. He’s going to win you games eventually that Andrea Bargnani can’t and won’t.

  • a_whiteman_23

    anderson is a tier 2 CHUCKER, tier 1 is jr smith, crawford etc

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell


  • jeff nwagbo

    i dont think theyre that great but theyre young cheaper and have more upside than lowry and metta ..why would they give up on robinson now he was drafted 5th overall and its only been one year. Now theyre gunna trade him for a guy whos getting outplayed by jose calderon? Doesnt make sense

  • KBm

    ‘Colangelo doesn’t have any go to players in crunch time.’

    Yeah you said it best.

  • http://twitter.com/robertsarro robert sarro

    Kyle lowry is one of the best pg’s in the nba. he will make a top tier contender out of whatever team he goes to!

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Not at all, actually. Lowry was playing like an all-star before his injury. Calderon always plays well when he’s got a starting-calibre point guard to compete with, but the Raptors are going nowhere with him and his insanely terrible defense. As we’ve seen for years now.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Kyle Lowry is a million times better than Jose Calderon. Granted, Calderon’s production does go up when he competes for minutes against better PGs (TJ Ford, Jarrett Jacket, and now Lowry), but the Raptors have tried the Calderon experiment for years now and they’ve been terrible every season–that’s no coincidence. Lowry just can’t catch a break; last year he was playing at an All-Star level and then caught a bacterial infection that derailed that season. This year, he was again playing at an All-Star level before getting injured and getting his spot taken by Calderon.

    Calderon also happens to be the worst defensive starting PG in the league, if not the worst defensive PG period. I understand wanting to trade Lowry if he’s having problems in the locker room, but from a talent standpoint choosing Calderon over him is a massively dumb decision (unless they end up with Pau Gasol).

    Either way, Brian Colangelo is the worst GM in the NBA. This guy makes Michael Jordan look like Gregg Popovich and RC Buford.

  • Lloyd

    I mean Colangelo just finds a guy who thinks he can help the team. Dwane Casey decides what capacity to use them in. That loss to the Heat where Anderson kept chucking up shots? Completely Casey’s fault. Should’ve had TRoss in there instead. Colangelo has nothing to do with that decision.

  • SharksBreath

    Kyle Lowry is a scorer. He’s not a PG. That’s the problem. The Raptors have lost 6 4th qt’s in a row. Why. Because Lowry starts the 4th. Comes in and screws up the flow. He’s the king of the bad shot that makes the entire team mad and throws off your momentum. Instead of playing defense your still thinking about the bad shot he just took. Or you just don’t get back on defense. Add in the fact no one likes him and you have to get the black hole off your team. You should have never traded for him. There are at least 3 gunning PG’s in the draft every year.