The Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks are discussing a trade involving Kyle Lowry.
Lowry is on an expiring contract and doesn’t figure to be part of the Raptors’ long-term plans.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! reports that the Knicks also had interest in Andre Miller, but are now focusing on dealing for Lowry.
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reports that the Brooklyn Nets and Golden State Warriors are also interested in Lowry.
Rumor has it that the Knicks would include Raymond Felton and rookie Tim Hardaway. I am with the opinion that Ray must go to make this work and I am fine with that, but to trade the rookie is not what I would do. He is a player that could replace J.R. Smith when or if the Knicks decide to trade him away this coming deadline or the next offseason.
The only trade that makes sense for the Raptors is to add Hardaway or take another pick from the Knicks in 2018,19 or 20. These are the only draft picks available at the moment, and I am not sure that Lowry is worth that risk.
However, Kyle Lowry’s impact would help the Knicks in the backcourt. His toughness and ability to penetrate is what the Knicks were expecting from Felton, but have yet so see this year on a consistent basis.