Kyle Lowry Comments on Trade That Would Have Sent Him to Knicks in 2013

February 13th, 2016 by Daniel Kramer Leave a reply »

A done-deal trade scratched at the last minute in December 2013 could’ve made All-Star Kyle Lowry the point guard of the New York Knicks and filled a void they currently still have. 

Lowry thought the deal, which would’ve sent him from the Toronto Raptors to Manhattan in exchange for Metta World Peace, Iman Shumpert and a future first-round pick, was sealed, according to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.

But Knicks owner James Dolan halted the transaction at the 11th hour out of fear he was being had by Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri. 

Ujiri was GM of the Denver Nuggets and the architect of the trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York and depleted the Knicks of Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov and a 2014 first-round draft pick. 

The blocked deal for Lowry also came at a critical juncture for Ujiri and the Raptors, who had just shipped Rudy Gay to the Sacramento Kings two weeks prior. By adding Lowry in another trade, the Raptors would’ve been completely committed to a massive rebuild.

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