Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Unfortunately, to Kyle Scott’s dismay, VILLANOVA STAR Kyle Lowry will not become a Philadelphia 76er. He’s going to remain with the Toronto/Tampa Raptors, according to Michael Grange at Sportsnet.
There’s a lot of ground to cover, so let’s start here: Lowry is not going to be dealt before the March 25 trade deadline. It’s not that the Raptors and Lowry haven’t mulled over the pros and cons of making a mutually agreeable deal for the 15-year veteran heading into free agency, or that there isn’t interest in the six-time all-star who comes with a shipping container’s full of intangibles along with averages of 18 points, 5.5 rebounds and seven assists per game along with 40.3 per cent shooting from deep — all marks that are in the neighbourhood of his career peaks.
But, but, he… sold his house!
It means nothing. Lowry closed the deal on his $5-million home in North Toronto a few weeks ago, yes, but remember: It’s been home to only a quiet hum since last March with no prospect of Lowry and his family living there until next September. If Lowry needs somewhere to stay in Toronto by then he can buy it, rent it or move into a spare wing at Drake’s house until things get sorted out. A house empty that long was a loose end in need of tidying up. End of story.
But beyond that context, surveying the market and assessing where the Raptors are, it’s more and more clear the chances of a deal happening are remote and the notion that Lowry is pushing for one is far-fetched.
You never know, right? It’s just a report. The trade deadline has not yet passed, and we’ve got two weeks remaining before that window closes.
But the Lowry-to-Philly rumors ran out of steam over the last two weeks, and there hasn’t been much of anything on the radar. The Lowry well appears to be dry.
I will deliver the news to Kyle, who will be disappointed. The Sixers are just gonna have to get it done without VILLANOVA players. No Lowry, no Mikal Bridges, no Allan Ray or Scottie Reynolds. No Curtis Sumpter or Ryan Arcidiacono. Kyle thinks that if the Sixers went out and got those players, that they’d go 82-0 in the regular season and FO FO FO in the playoffs.