At the NBA today, trade deadline a lot went on with the Toronto Raptors, and arguably the biggest news is despite all the trade rumours swirling around Kyle Lowry, the Raptors did not move him, but could either sign the 35-year-old star forward or lose him to free agency this summer.
Lowry is a six-time NBA all-star and is considered by many to be the Greatest Raptor of All time. On March 12 in a 121-120 loss to Atlanta, Lowry surpassed Chris Bosh (10,275 points) to move into second place on the Toronto Raptors’ all-time scoring list. Lowry (10,288 points) now trails only DeMar DeRozan (13,296 points).
Lowry had dispelled all rumours of his imminent departure – including one suggesting he sold his Toronto home, so he must be headed out of town – in late February, so fans will be glad to know, he is staying put.
However, Norman Powell, Matt Thomas and Terence Davis are all moving on from the 6ix. Guard Norman Powell was sent to the Portland Trailblazers in exchange for 22-year-old forward Gary Trent Jr. who has put up 15 points per game on average this season, and 28-year-old 3-point master Rodney Hood.
Norman Powell is currently eligible to walk as a free agent after this season.
A fun fact about Gary Trent Jr. is that his father, Gary Trent Sr., also played for the Raptors and was traded to Toronto from Portland in the Damon Stoudamire deal in 1998.
Meanwhile 26-year-old Raptors forward Matt Thomas is heading to Utah Jazz in exchange for a future second-round draft pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at ESPN who also says guard Terrence Davis has been traded to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for a future second-round pick.