Everyone knew Lowry’s days were numbered when him and Head Coach Kevin McHale couldn’t get along. After last season ended Lowry asked to be moved and that he would only stay if McHale was fired. The Rockets are smart for trading a guy like that. Lowry is one of the better point guards in basketball, but hasn’t earned the respect to make decisions for the Houston franchise.
Kyle Lowry was traded to the Raptors for a lottery protected pick and small forward Gary Forbes. The Raptors failed to get Canadian hero Steve Nash, but still get a top point guard in Lowry who is 12 years younger. The Rockets have finally decided to rebuild, which is the right decision. They will get a protected lottery pick that could be anywhere from 2-14 in the draft. I don’t see where Gary Forbes fits in with the team. He plays the same position as half of the Rockets roster, but is also older than them all. I can see him being released at some point.
It was obvious Lowry would be traded after what happened. It’s unfortunate that he and the Rockets couldn’t work things out. Lowry is a top point guard in the NBA and the Rockets desperately need one of those now that Dragic has signed with the Phoenix Suns and Jeremy Lin is still deciding if he will sign Houston’s offer sheet or return to the New York Knicks.
Last season was Lowry’s best year as a pro. He missed 19 games and only started 38 of the 47 games he played in thanks to the emergence of Dragic. He averaged 14.3 points, 6.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32 minutes a game. The only thing Lowry struggled with was his shooting. He shot only 40% from the field. I expect Lowry to get huge numbers running the Raptors offense.
The Rockets have finally accepted that rebuilding is the only option. Losing Lowry, Dragic, Lee, Budinger and Dalembert hurts, but it will give all the young guys a chance to shine and get experience. The only problem i have is now that Lowry is gone, who do they hand the keys to running the offense to? The only point guards on the team are Shaun Livingston and Courtney Fortson. Houston desperately needs Lin. If Lin decides to stay with the Knicks or they match the Rockets offer, Houston will need to look at free agent point guards to run the team. Look for Scott Machado to get a shot this upcoming season at making the Rockets roster. A young point guard from Iona who somehow went undrafted after leading the nation in assists (9,9).
I hope all the fans will be patient with the Rockets new direction. It will take some time, but i think these young guys will be very fun to watch. Good luck to Kyle Lowry and the Toronto Raptors.