Lowry Knows Leonard Likely Gone After This Season

Kyle Lowry desperately wants to reach the NBA Finals – and this may be his last chance

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
February 08, 2019 - 11:15 am

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From 2012 to 2018, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were the faces of the Toronto Raptors, and they had a lot of success together. But the Raptors traded DeRozan last July – and they almost traded Lowry before Thursday’s trade deadline.

Instead, Toronto kept Lowry but parted with Delon Wright, Jonas Valanciunas, and CJ Miles to acquire Marc Gasol from Memphis.

How is Lowry feeling a day later?

“He’s got the proverbial chip on his shoulder,” Toronto radio host Greg Brady said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I think he will like this trade. It crushed him that they traded DeMar DeRozan – that they traded him and I suppose the way they traded him. I think he’s well-aware that it’s not a certainty – but a strong likelihood – he’s here as a Raptor next year and Kawhi Leonard isn’t. I think he knows that.”

Lowry, 32, is averaging 14.2 points, 9.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds this season. He desperately wants to reach the NBA Finals – something he has never done in his career.

“I think there’s a sense with Lowry that he just wants to get this done,” Brady said. “He knows no one is going to feel empathy for him. He makes $30 million. It’s a cold, brutal business. But he has to believe his team is better 24 hours later. Everybody does.”