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Raptors Rumors: Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka Not Available in Trades

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2019

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry in action during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. Raptors won 101-96. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)
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As the Toronto Raptors prepare to defend their NBA championship, they don't intend to trade their best players right now.

Per Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, the Raptors are "quite happy" with their roster heading into 2019-20 and haven't been entertaining trade offers for Kyle Lowry, Marc Gasol or Serge Ibaka

The Raptors have been consistent throughout the summer that they aren't going into an immediate rebuild in the wake of losing Kawhi Leonard as a free agent.

TSN Sports' Josh Lewenberg reported in July that Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri wanted to let the team "sink or swim" before making any big roster decisions. 

One source told Deveney the Raptors right now are "where they always wanted to be" because Ujiri has been planning "to rebuild things around Siakam and OG (Anunoby) and the other young guys eventually." 

Deveney added Toronto doesn't want to approach this season as a "throwaway" right out of the gate coming off the franchise's first championship. 

If Ujiri eventually determines his best course of action is looking toward the future, Lowry, Gasol and Ibaka can be put back on the trade table. All three players are over the age of 30 and entering the final season of their contracts.

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That trio could net Toronto multiple future assets if they get shopped around before the February trade deadline. 

There's no practical reason for the Raptors to go into sell mode right now less than four weeks away from raising their title banner at Scotiabank Arena prior to the Oct. 22 season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans 

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