Kyle Lowry, the star point guard for the Toronto Raptors, is unsure about his future. Lowry has stated that he will retire as a Raptor, but that does not imply that he will re-sign as a free agent. If the Raptors want to improve their team before the trade deadline or during the off-season, history shows that trades are the most likely route. The free agency signings of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka to the Lakers and Clippers, respectively, left a gaping hole in Toronto’s middle.
The Raptors are currently 2-8 and play the Atlanta Hawks at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night. Due to COVID protocols, which are a result of the military’s military-inspired COVID policy, the team will be without 60% of its starting lineup for the game against the Hawks. The NBA team is now 21-21 after losing six of its last seven games. The Raptors are just over two months away from the start of the playoffs, and Lowry says they’re as hungry as they’ve ever been. “Anything is possible once you get to the playoffs,” Lowry said.
In November, Aron Baynes agreed to a two-year, $14.3 million contract. He’s one of the few starters who can’t seem to get more than 20 minutes of playing time per night. For the majority of the season, Baynes has been on the team’s depth chart.
Source: Toronto Star