Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry hasn’t been mentioned in NBA trade rumors as often as his backcourt partner DeMar DeRozan has in recent weeks. But with the Raptors looking to regroup for the 2018-19 season and make up for their recent playoff failures, Metro US believes that it wouldn’t be farfetched for Philadelphia native Lowry to return to his hometown and play for the 76ers.
Although it hasn’t explicitly been stated that the Raptors are actively shopping Lowry around following their Eastern Conference semifinal loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Metro US explained why trading the 32-year-old star guard to the 76ers would be a good move. Prior to the 2017-18 NBA season, last year’s first-overall draft pick, Markelle Fultz, was expected to make a big impact for Philadelphia, but instead found himself sidelined for most of the season, and was mostly inconsistent during those rare times when he was healthy enough to play. If the Raptors were to trade Kyle Lowry to the Sixers, Metro US opined that the former Villanova standout could team up with Ben Simmons to give the team a strong two-point guard setup, much like the Houston Rockets with Chris Paul and James Harden.
With the Toronto Raptors reportedly likely to trade DeMar DeRozan this summer, Metro US speculated that trading Lowry could be another way in which the team, behind president Masai Ujiri, is hitting “reset” after years of postseason futility. As the Sixers are expected to be a top potential destination for the point guard, the publication suggested that Philadelphia send Fultz, veteran forward Robert Covington, and the team’s 10th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft to Toronto, in exchange for Lowry.