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Kyle Lowry Trade: Toronto Raptors Pick Has Top 3 Protections

When it was announced that the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors had developed an "innovative" series of protections for the first-round pick Toronto sent to Houston as a part of the Kyle Lowry trade, it was met with mockery on Twitter.

However, now that the protections have been made public, it seems like a fairly customary deal that should have Houston receiving a top pick by as early as next season:

Unless Toronto is one of the three teams that win the lottery, Houston will have an extra lottery pick in 2012.

Down the road, however, a Raptors team led by Lowry and their last two lottery picks (Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross) should be a perennial playoff team. So if the Rockets don't receive a lottery pick in 2013 from this trade, they may not be getting one at all.

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