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Rumor: Celtics interested in Raptors Kyle Lowry (wait, what?)

Chuck - Red's Army January 3, 2014 Celtics News, Rajon Rondo, Rumors 11 Comments

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Ken Berger of CBS Sports has this bomb:

In addition to the Lakers, Knicks and Nets, the Timberwolves, Warriors and Celtics are among the teams that have inquired about a deal with the Raptors for Lowry, league sources say. Raptors GM Masai Ujiri has been encouraged by the team’s recent play, as Toronto has gone 9-3 since the trade with two of the losses coming against the Spurs But despite the Raptors’ fourth-place status in the pitiful East, Ujiri is determined to take the long-term view. With the deadline less than seven weeks away, Ujiri is said to have multiple deals he could do for Lowry that would involve receiving an expiring contract in return or slotting him into another team’s trade exception. Taking back future salary would come at a high price, i.e. a first-round pick.

Why the hell would Danny Ainge be interested in Kyle Lowry when Rajon Rondo is nearly ready for action?

Aww, shit. Here come the Rondo-will-be-traded-because-he’s-an-a-hole talk.

Just about one year ago there was speculation about the Celtics interest in Lowry. It made sense at the time because Rondo had just torn his ACL.

But now?

Lowry will be a free-agent. Unless Ainge sees him as a long-term fit in Boston, there’s no sense in trading for him.

I find it hard to believe that Lowry can be had for an expiring contract (Keith Bogans is a fit). He’s been playing well of late (17 ppg, 8.9 apg over his last 10 games). The Raptors reportedly had a deal in place with the Knicks (for Ray Felton, Metta World Peace, and either a first-round pick in 2018, or Iman Shumpert/Tim Hardaway Jr.) that was ultimately nixed by Jim Dolan. I gotta think they can do better than an expiring deal or trade exception as Berger reports.

Berger also says, “the Rockets now expect to keep center Omer Asik past next month’s deadline and beyond.”

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  • KGino

    Wolves have Rubio, Nets have Deron, Warriors have Curry, C’s have Rondo… this guy isn’t even close. Knicks and Lakers are desperate for anything right now so I believe those

  • Rich Jensen

    Daryl Morey apparently does not fully understand the concept of assets. Assets depreciate. Asik is losing value by the minute. Keeping him is like that time Homer invested in pumpkins: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x18x6z9_simpsons-s06e17-homer-against-patty-and-selma-pumpkin-stock_auto

    Wouldn’t mind the C’s getting Lowry for Bogans, but I’m pretty sure Toronto can do better than that.

  • RedsLoveChild

    The Celtics will not trade Rondo because he may or may not be an A-Hole.

    However, in 2015, IF Boston has reason to believe that RR will insist upon a max-type contract of $17-$20M per….there will be major fireworks!!!

    If they sense trouble re-signing him at their price…the Celts will “pre-empt” the situation by trading him.

    • Celticsfanatic

      They can’t know that price until he gets on the court. They can’t go to his camp and legitimately ask “What do you think Rondo’s worth?” until he plays.

      Rondo won’t be traded until at best (or worst, depending on how you view it) until this summer.

      • RedsLoveChild

        That`s why I specified “in 2015″…as opposed to, for instance, “right this minute”.

        • Celticsfanatic

          Yeah I was agreeing with you.

  • Danno

    Ken Berger hasn’t been right about a big NBA trade rumor in decades. He’s a moron.

  • Chuck Da buck

    If I’m ainge I would just sign barbosa when hes healthy he’s better than Lowry and he’s exactly what we need he can get to the rim and score any time he wants It sucks he tore his acl last year he was just starting to get minutes.

    • Junior Qamar

      Barbosa better than lowry…haha crack is bad, dont smoke crack.

      • Chuck Da buck

        He’s had the better career and when he’s healthy I think he is better in his prime he was def better but he is exactly what we need not to mention he would be ten times cheaper than Lowry. I believe Lowry was a sixth man for a while and I don’t remember anyone ever saying he was in the running for sixth man of the year but barbosa has won it and was arguably the best sixth man in the league for five or so years.

        • Junior Qamar

          Lowry is the best player on the 3rd best team in the eastern conference. Barbosa came off the bench for a reason and ive seen barbosa play in a toronto uniform but to say he is better then lowry is a reach, the season lowry is having u can punch his ticket to the all star game this year. But if u are looking for a 6th man barbosa is ur man, u can even have vasquez off our roster lol lowry is going to make some serious money this off season trading for him right now is useless for the celtics. Unless lowry is ur starter and honestly im a toronto fan so I watch lowry play every game he is better than barbosa at any point of barbosas career hes probably the best pg the raptors have had in their 18 year history hes a championship team point gaurd the same way rondo is .