Kyle Lowry Rumors: Free-Agent PG Has 'Zero Interest' in Re-Signing with Raptors

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistJune 20, 2017

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Kyle Lowry reportedly has "zero interest" in returning to the Toronto Raptors.

On Monday, Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star cited multiple league sources who said the free agent "has been grumbling about dissatisfaction with the Raptors for months." Arthur noted other teams were told the zero interest tidbit in May even if Toronto offered him a maximum five-year deal.

Soon after the report was released, Lowry seemingly responded on Twitter:

Lowry scored a career-high 22.4 points per game in 2016-17, but there are other concerns for any team interested in him this offseason.

He played just 60 contests as he dealt with injuries and missed the final two games of Toronto's second-round playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. What's more, he will turn 32 years old during the 2017-18 campaign and is likely on the back half of his prime.

As far as the chances Lowry returns to Toronto, Arthur noted the San Antonio Spurs are apparently not interested in the guard, while the Philadelphia 76ers are eyeing Markelle Fultz as their point guard of the future.

"Lowry's possible destinations are dwindling, if he wants to win and get paid," Arthur wrote, suggesting the two sides could eventually come to an agreement despite previous rumblings.

While Toronto lost to the Cavaliers for the second straight postseason, LeBron James has a player option in 2018, and Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported they are exploring trades of Kevin Love. Amico also reported several teams reached out to Cleveland regarding Kyrie Irving's availability.

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The Cavaliers may not be the team to beat in the East for long, and the Raptors could challenge for an NBA Finals spot in the near future if they come to terms with Lowry and maintain their core.

However, that would require more than zero interest from the point guard's perspective.