On Thursday, the Toronto Raptors made another major move this offseason. This time, it was most likely a move that fans are very happy about as Houston Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry will now be joining the Toronto Raptors.
The trade was reported by Yahoo sports writer Adrian Wojnarowski via Twitter.
Here is, basically, what the deal is:
PG Kyle Lowry, 27 years old
F Gary Forbes, 27 years old
First round draft pick in an upcoming draft (Not specified which year and whether or not it is lottery protected.)
This deal makes perfect sense for the Raptors as they needed a point guard to fill Jose Calderon's shoes once he left, whether it be by trade or signed by another team next offseason.
Jerryd Bayless was great as the starter for the Raptors in the past two seasons, but injury concerns have led to him primarily being an energy player and scorer off the bench.
The thing here is the first round pick. There are no details about the pick yet, so we do not know whether it is lottery protected or what year the pick is for. With this team definitely on the rise, fans might not have to worry as the pick might end up being in the late teens and early twenties.
Who won this trade?
Gary Forbes was one of the young players on the roster, and he had his stretch of games where he played fantastic. He came off the bench and did what he had to do, and best of luck to him in Houston.
This offseason has been full of surprise and excitement for Raptor fans, and this trade is not really a surprise since it was rumored that Lowry might be coming to Toronto before the draft, but general manager Bryan Colangelo pulled the trigger now, and it is definitely a great move for the future.
Lowry was playing like an MVP in the earlier parts of the season, as he was somewhat close to averaging a triple-double. His production dropped, but Raptor fans hope he can get back to pre-All-Star game form and lead this team to a possible playoff spot.
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