Sam Amick of The Athletic reported on Wednesday there’s a “Strong sense” around the league that the size of Lowry’s contract “May ultimately result in him staying put.”
That may be true, but let’s be clear: If there is motivation to get a deal done by all three parties – meaning the Raptors, the team trading for Lowry, and Lowry himself – then there are deals to be made. Would the Raptors deem Thybulle to be enough return, with the other three players just representing the money on expiring contracts, for Lowry? Would Masai Ujiri demand Curry as part of the deal? Or Tyrese Maxey instead of Thybulle, or perhaps both, or one and a future draft pick? It’s a fair debate. Perhaps that’s true in most cases, but Lowry is such an upgrade from Williams it’s hard to see the Clippers letting that hold up a potential deal. Maxey is intriguing in his own right, and if Philadelphia is where Lowry prefers to go if he is indeed traded, and it’s true that Toronto will err on the side of doing right by Lowry, the Sixers still make plenty of sense.