Top 3 Destinations for Kyle Lowry


It's been a terrific 9-year run in Toronto for Kyle Lowry. Eight straight playoff appearances and a championship. But with the No. 4 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, it does appear that the Toronto Raptors could be ready to turn things over to the "new guard", so to speak. 

So if Lowry does leave Toronto, where does the next chapter of his career take him? Three destinations seem to be at the top of the list. 

1. Miami Heat:

Will Lowry take his talents to South Beach? Miami was thought to be a leading contender for Lowry at the trade deadline back in March, but the Heat are said to have not wanted to part with Tyler Herro. 

Putting Lowry on this team with Heat stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo could lift them to serious contender status. And the Heat have the money to spend. Team President Pat Riley could offer Lowry somewhere in the range of $25 Million a year. But the number of years would be a sticking point for the 35-year-old point guard.  

Philadelphia 76ers:

Another team that was tied to Lowry at the trade deadline, bringing him in looks even more critical now, as Ben Simmons could very well be on the way out after his disastrous playoff performance, and the Lowry/Joel Embiid pairing makes a lot more sense than Simmons and Embiid ever did.  

Lowry is a Philly kid, born and bred, another check mark in the Sixers favor. But they would have to cobble together a sign-and-trade offer. A more complex multi-team S&T rumor is making the rounds:

LA Lakers:

In Kyle Lowry's final game of the 2020-21 season, he posted 37 points and 11 assists against the Lakers, while hitting 8-of-13 from the three-point line. That lasting impression combined with these three points make a Lowry S&T to the Lakers another possibility:

  1. The Lakers are desperate for a veteran point guard with championship pedigree.
  2. Lowry made it clear at the end of the season, “I want more championships. That’s always been the goal."
  3. The Lakers have a couple of trade chips to help engineer a sign & trade, including Kyle Kuzma, and even a Dennis Schroder S&T. Maybe other teams are involved. But if the Lakers want Lowry, and Lowry wants to join LeBron for a chance at a championship, the Lakers will find a way to get it done. 

The New York Knicks have been mentioned in some quarters as a candidate to land Lowry, but he doesn't make this list, and you only have to look back a few lines to understand why: "I want more championships. That's always been the goal."

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