“If things aren’t addressed coaching-wise, I guess I have to be moved,” Lowry said.
Last season, Lowry played in just 47 of the lockout-shortened year’s 66 total games. He found himself unable to play due to a plethora of injuries.
In Lowry’s frequent absence, Goran Dragic, who the Rockets acquired along with a first-round pick from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Aaron Brooks, blossomed on the court.
Dragic showed signs of brilliance while in Phoenix. Most notable was his 26-point performance in the playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs (a series the Suns went on to sweep against their long-time rivals). Dragic scored 23 points in the fourth quarter alone to seal the victory for Phoenix.
Some members of the basketball community speculate that Lowry’s reason for wanting out of Houston has more to do with an open competition for the starting job with Dragic than it has to do with any strife between him and McHale.
Regardless of the reason, Lowry could become available this offseason for teams in need of a point guard, especially if the Rockets sign Dragic to a long-term deal.
Here are five teams that need to inquire about Lowry should he become available at some point in the future.