The NBA Trade Deadline is a few hours away.
Multiple teams and players have been involved in trade talks. Whether it’s the bottom feeding teams, the mediocre ones or the title contenders, almost every team are mentioned in the trade rumors that’s been spreading around the league.
One player involved heavily in the trade talks is Kyle Lowry.
The heart and soul of the Toronto Raptors have been a consistent figure in rumors throughout the season.
In his possible last game as part of the Raptors, Lowry finished with eight points, five rebounds and nine assists to snap their nine-game losing streak against the Denver Nuggets, 135-111.
After the game, during the post-game interview, the 35-year-old veteran floor general stated that he himself don’t know what his future will be after the trade deadline.
“Usually I (BS) y’all. But it was kind of weird tonight not knowing what the next step would be, just with understanding there are things that could possibly be done on the front of me and the other guys on our team and the organization,” he said in the post-game press conference.
Teams are obviously interested in acquiring the services of the 14-year veteran. Two Eastern Conference teams that are looking to add Lowry are the Miami Heat and the Philadelphia 76ers.
Both the Heat and the 75ers are in the playoff picture at the moment but both teams obviously need some changes in their pieces as well if they want to make a deep run in the Playoffs.
And acquiring Lowry, who’s averaging 17.4 PPG. 5.6 RPG and 7.5 APG in 43.9% shooting from the field and 39.5% from the three-point line, could just be the piece they need.
The Philadelphia 76ers are currently at the top of the standings in the East with a 31-13 record under its belt.
Joel Embiid have been a beast this season, averaging 29.9 PPG, 11.5 RPG, 3.3 APG, 1.4 BPG in 52.5% FG and 42.2% 3FG and being one of the top contenders for the MVP title.
Although, the 76ers have been missing Embiid due to injury, the other pieces of the team have stepped up to maintain their seed.
Ben Simmons has been averaging 16.1 PPG, 8.0 RPG and 7.6 APG with 1.5 SPG, Tobias Harris have proved himself as a reliable scorer from the wing averaging 20.8 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.6 APG in 50.8% FG and 41.3% 3FG. Shake Milton is revelation this season averaging 13.8 PPG and Seth Curry have been the designated sharpshooter of the team with averages of 12.9 PPG in 43.2% 3FG.
The addition of Lowry would give the 76ers that veteran floor general they’re lacking on the team, his playmaking would give Simmons more space to do other things on the court and maybe Lowry could make an impact into helping Simmons into shooting from the outside more.
The 76ers are currently 22nd in assists but Lowry’s playmaking could improve that and help them in the playoffs.
His toughness and heart would also be a big addition to a young team that lacks experience in the deeper water of the playoffs.
As for Lowry, he would be able to play for his hometown at least once in his career.
A package possibly involving Thybulle and Milton could make the trade work with both teams getting a win in the trade.
However, there are reports that Thybulle might not be included in the transaction.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Miami Heat would be another great fit for Lowry, especially in terms of culture.
The Heat are known to be tough and plays with a lot of heart, which are the two-great assets of the former Villanova University standout.
The Miami Heat had a rough start for the season but after Jimmy Butler finally played consistently with the team, it started to rack up wins and move to the standings to the fifth seed with a 22-22 record, behind only the Charlotte Hornets that has a 22-21 record.
Butler is once again having a stellar season with 21.3 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 7.3 APG, 2.0 SPG in 48.1% FG. Bam Adebayo is right behind him with 19.2 PPG, 9.4 RPG, 5.4 APG, 1.1 BPG in 55.7% FG.
Tyler Herro is having an underwhelming sophomore year, averaging 15.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 3.4 APG but shooting only 31.2% from the three-point line.
The addition of Lowry would give added toughness to the Heat as well as playmaking. He would fit perfectly with Butler and the rest of the team since they all play a tough brand of basketball night in and night out.
Miami is 28th in three-point shooting this season and Lowry’s addition could improve it since it will play a factor in the post-season. His playmaking and defense would also play a big factor with the team as they try to have another shot at the title this season.
A trade involving possibly Kendrick Nunn or Goran Dragic could make the trade a done deal. However, Tyler Herro is also being thrown into the deal but the Heat reportedly would not entertain it unless Norman Powell would be included.
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