But looking specifically at next season, Lowry will still be on the books at about $33.3 million. And, as JD Bunkis put forward in the latest episode of Free Association, given the emergence of what appears to be the Raptors’ future, would it not make sense to at least explore moving Lowry now?
“Is there a growing case for Masai Ujiri and the Toronto Raptors to consider moving Kyle Lowry or be willing to move Kyle Lowry to take more of a look at what you have in [Siakam, VanVleet and Anunoby] and your bench for the evaluation of where this future is going?” Bunkis asked.
“I think the Raptors are better with Kyle Lowry,” he said. “If Kyle Lowry’s on this team, especially with no point guards, and with an offence that sometimes sticks and doesn’t have creators, it’s no doubt in my mind he makes this team better. He elevates the ceiling of the team.”
In fact, given how good the club’s looked thus far, the impending addition of a five-time NBA all-star in Lowry has swayed Bunkis from feeling the Raptors have no shot at returning to the NBA Finals to feeling they have around a 12-per cent chance of getting back. Something that then begs another question regarding this team and the possibility of moving Lowry.
“Is that 12 per cent that I mentioned so compelling that you need to keep Kyle at all costs and ensure that you have as best a chance as possible to make it to an NBA Finals this year?”
Coming into the season there was talk over whether the Raptors would be looking to move Lowry because the team might not be good enough. Now, it seems, that conversation’s shifted because the team might have proven to be nearly as good without him.