Report: Lowry's been 'grumbling about dissatisfaction' with Raptors for months
The Toronto Raptors could look a whole lot different when the 2017-18 season tips off, and the man who's powered the most successful four-year run in franchise history may be wearing another uniform.
All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry - who is set to become an unrestricted free agent - has been "grumbling about dissatisfaction with the Raptors for months," sources have told Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star.
More tellingly, other teams were being told in mid-May that Lowry had "zero interest" in re-signing with the Raptors, even if they were to offer him a five-year max deal that could trump any contract he can fetch on the open market, according to Arthur.
It's worth noting, however, that the sting of Toronto's second-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers would still have been quite fresh in mid-May, and it's possible Lowry's mindset has changed with the benefit of some distance. If Lowry himself is to be believed, either it already has changed, or the report never had any validity to begin with.
Either way, the 31-year-old doesn't exactly have a plethora of other options available to him in free agency, at least not if he's set on getting paid market value and is serious about wanting to compete for a title. One reportedly interested party, the Philadelphia 76ers, are probably out of the running now that they've traded into the No. 1 pick with the intention of drafting point guard Markelle Fultz. The San Antonio Spurs, an ostensibly perfect fit, are not interested in pursuing Lowry, according to Arthur.
All of this figures to be subject to change (if it hasn't changed already), both for Lowry and his potential suitors. July 1 may not be too far off, but if the past couple days are any indication, the whole NBA landscape could well have tilted by then. Nothing is written in stone.
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