It's no secret that Kyle Lowry could be in a different uniform next season.
The guard recently told the Houston Chronicle that if Goran Dragic is re-signed, Lowry himself would have to be moved, believing the two cannot play together in the long-term.
"It has nothing to do with Goran. I'm not happy with the way coaches handled things. If management wants to do something to keep Goran, I think I'll have to be moved."
One team reportedly high on Lowry is the Toronto Raptors. Ryan Wolstat of the TorontoSun.com says he has impressed many in the Raptors organization.
After Lowry burned the Raptors for a game-high 26 points (including 4-for-4 from three) in a three-point win in Houston, I asked Raptors head coach Dwane Casey what he thought of Lowry and Casey lauded the guard for his toughness and ability.
"He’s a hell of a competitor. He’s their heart and soul and spirit of their team and I love the way he plays," Casey said.
Long-time Raptor Alvin Williams, now a scout with the team, is extremely close with Lowry and is one of his mentors. Both are from Philadelphia and both played for Villanova. “Alvin is my main man,” Lowry once said.
A lot still has to happen. A trade likely won't happen until July, which is after the draft. But if Dragic is re-signed and the Rockets actively look to trade Lowry, Toronto is a team that should be in the mix.
For more coverage of the Houston Rockets off-season plans, check out The Dream Shake.