I don't know why this idea got killed.
I know the season just ended and painfully so. And I want Lowry to retire a Raptor just as much as anybody. And this is too soon. I know.
*yes, mocking Kyrie Irving is always welcome*
The Rockets are in shambles, they looked defeated and their season might end tonight. Their owner has been hit by the pandemic hard as his restaurant "empire" has been decimated by shutdowns and quarantine. He is also a well documented dollar pinching cheap ass and wants things done his way. He even wrote a book titled "Shut up and listen!" YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!
Anyways, he might want to reduce salaries and that might make Russel Westbrook available. I'd offer Lowry + (Norm or McCaw or McCaw + Johnson) + two protected future firsts for Russ. Re-sign FVV and Ibaka, Marc too if he has another year in him for part of MLE.
I think that would be a super fun team. A small ball line up of FVV, TD, Russ, Siakam, OG would be hell to play against.
Westbrook has his flaws and they are not minor but he is also an amazing player that always plays 100%. I'd love having him on Raptors. His contract, together with other deals we'd sign and OG's extension would kill our cap flexibility for foreseeable future but that shit is terribly overrated anyways.
Man, strong no thanks to Russ. This team would be miles worse replacing Lowry with Russ. I might think about it if we were getting a pile of picks coming our way but not straight up and definitely not sending them picks.