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Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes and senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill discuss why they think the Raptors guard could be on the move and if the Toronto front office would be willing to send Lowry to a team which has recently signed two other former players. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.
VINCENT GOODWILL: I think Kyle Lowry is going to get moved.
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah, yeah. That's another.
VINCENT GOODWILL: I know we've heard Toronto try to put some cold water on that. But to me, it's too much smoke. You know, the Raptors are out of the playoff race, it looks like. I mean, they're a couple of games away from getting into the play-in situation. But they're far from the championship team that they were a couple years ago. And they maxed out.
And Lowry-- they pay Lowry $30 million for this one season. They gave him that one-year, $30 million extension. They got Fred VanVleet as point guard of the future. And maybe you want to send Kyle Lowry to a place where he can win.
I think it's pretty much like this. We're going to figure out what the market is in the next few days. If there is a deal that sends you to a place that you can win and that we can get something in return for the future, we're going to ask you if you want to go.
And I think with the openings that people may feel are around, I can see him going. I can see him going to a Miami. I can see him-- I think he might be too rich for the Clippers' blood. And I don't know if he fits with what I think the Clippers need. You know what I mean?
But I can see those type of teams feeling like that they are a decent point guard away. Because you're not going to ask Kyle Lowry to be the Kyle Lowry that he was three or four years ago. You're going to ask him to play tough, to make some shots. You know what I mean? And play steady. He should to be capable of doing that.
CHRIS HAYNES: Now, look, I know this is all about business, and you do what's right for your franchise. You take emotions and everything out of it, right? With that being said, can Toronto trade Kyle Lowry to the Clippers?
They just got-- Kawhi just left them for the Clips. Serge Ibaka left them for the Clips. There's a little animosity between the Clippers and Raptors there, Vince. Can they do that?
VINCENT GOODWILL: They can. Absolutely.
CHRIS HAYNES: Hmm.
VINCENT GOODWILL: Abso-- look--
CHRIS HAYNES: Hey, it's business at the end of the day. It is business at the end of the day. But that's a lot of talent, a lot of good talent that each player plucked away has diminished the team that you are year by year.
VINCENT GOODWILL: Guess what the Raptors have that the Clippers don't.
CHRIS HAYNES: What's that, Vinny?
VINCENT GOODWILL: A championship.
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah, I can't take that away.
VINCENT GOODWILL: You know what I mean? Like, and there's no guarantee that if it does happen that that-- put it like this. If the Raptors don't make a deal, if they say, we've been talking. We found something, and it's the Clippers. And Kyle Lowry says, you know what? I want to go. And they don't make that deal, what does that say about you as an organ--
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah.
VINCENT GOODWILL: We being Petty Pendergrass now?
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah. Well, yeah.
VINCENT GOODWILL: You know what I mean? We Petty LaBelle? This what we doing, y'all?
CHRIS HAYNES: Well, there are some Petty LaBelles out there, Vince.
VINCENT GOODWILL: Absolutely.
CHRIS HAYNES: It happens, but I don't think-- it's whatever the right deal is at the time. I think they'll-- Masai is a smart guy, him and Bobby Webster. They know how to do this. Not their first rodeo.
VINCENT GOODWILL: Speaking of one-year contracts, Masai Ujiri is on a one-year-- on the last year of his contract.
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah, yeah.
VINCENT GOODWILL: We can talk about that later.
CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah.