Why Kyle Lowry’s trade didn’t push, according to Masai Ujiri

Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry was one of the biggest names expected to land on a different team Thursday. But when time expired on the NBA trade deadline, surprisingly he was still a member of the Raptors.

Shortly after the trade deadline passed, Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri addressed the events that led to his decision to keep Lowry despite many offers on the table (via Josh Lewenberg of TSN SPorts).

One of the bigger stories surrounding the possible Lowry trade was that the Raptors were asking an absurd sales price for their services. The former NBA champion has received a lot of interest from various contenders, particularly the Los Angeles Lakers, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat.

Ujiri’s preferred returns for Lowry, however, seemed unattainable, as they wanted a mix of young players and a host of first-round picks. For example, the Raptors reportedly wanted a swag from Tyrese Maxey, Matisse Thybulle, trade in the 2021 and 2023 first-round picks, and this year’s 2023 pick of the Sixers for Lowry.

Understandably, the Sixers didn’t bite, while the Lakers and Heat couldn’t afford the high asking price.

Ujiri explained that it was not the intention of the Raptors to put an absurd price on Lowry, and they were simply doing justice to his value to the team.

Ujiri added that he could have easily sent Lowry to a losing team with many future assets to give, but narrowed his search down to contenders as they wanted to give the 35-year-old a chance to win his second NBA title.

Kyle Lowry stays with the Raptors. At least for the rest of the season.

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