The shine hasn’t but left the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, however the Toronto Raptors may already be wanting to enter a rebuilding interval which will embody a commerce of Kyle Lowry.
The Raptors’ hopes at a title protection took a serious hit when free agent Kawhi Leonard opted to affix the Los Angeles Clippers and convey Paul George together with him somewhat than keep in Toronto and take a look at for a repeat. Now, a brand new report from CBS Sports means that the Raptors might embrace the chance to rebuild as they face a slate of gamers shifting into free company and a all of a sudden a lot steeper path again to the NBA Finals.
The report famous that Leonard’s choice to depart the Raptors may set off a “Toronto teardown” that might additionally spell the tip of the highway for guard Kyle Lowry who, together with Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka, could be a free agent subsequent summer time. The report famous that until Toronto plans to re-sign all three, the sensible transfer could be to commerce them now.
Lowry might have the best enchantment out of the three, which might permit the group to keep away from a tough path to win the Japanese Convention once more and permit them to maneuver into a brand new period round promising younger star Pascal Siakam. As The Inquisitr beforehand famous, the Raptors already declined the chance to commerce Siakam in a deal that may have landed them each Paul George and Russell Westbrook, an indication of the group’s dedication to him.
As CBS Sports activities famous, the timing might be excellent for the Raptors after taking dwelling town’s first-ever NBA title.
“Toronto has been a franchise that has resisted rebuilds up to now. Even once they appeared to have hit their ceiling, the Raptors stored themselves in competition, remained one transfer away, and buying and selling for Leonard final offseason grew to become that transfer,” the report famous. “The championship provides them some fairness. They’ll play this factor out with home cash and stay a great group till the following splash alternative presents itself. But when they select to go one other means, all three of those guys could be fairly sizzling commodities on groups who discover themselves the place the Raptors have been final summer time — one transfer from competition.”
There is no such thing as a indication if the Toronto Raptors may very well plan to commerce Kyle Lowry — or Gasol or Ibaka, for that matter — however there would doubtless be a marketplace for all three if the Raptors did choose to maneuver right into a rebuild.