So with the Raptors striking out on the Nash front, Bryan Colangelo has shifted into desperation mode and looks willing to give up on the future for the chance of helping the Raptors squeak into the playoffs next season.
This just in, the Raptors have sent Gary Forbes and a future first round pick with “little lottery protection” to Houston for Kyle Lowry.
Now I like Lowry. He’s a talented PG who plays good defense and can hit the three. Before he became ill last season, he was playing near All -Star basketball.
That doesn’t mean I’m incredibly happy with the deal. First of all, I HATE the idea of giving up a lottery pick, especially for a team with so little real talent. Unless Lowry turns into a perennial All Star, I’d rather keep the lottery pick and take my chances.
Another problem I have is whether he’s really that much of an upgrade over Jose Calderon. Yes, he’s a better defender than Calderon, but Calderon is a better passer. And Calderon is also a much better shooter. Lowry is a career 42% shooter, from the field compared to Calderon’s 48%.
And while Lowry is younger, it’s not as if he’s THAT young. He’s 26, so it’s doubtful he gets much better than he is right now. And he’s only 4 years younger than Calderon.
The other problem with Lowry, especially when you’re talking about him replacing Calderon, is that he hasn’t played a full season since his second. In fact, in the last five season, Lowry has missed MORE games than Calderon. One of the biggest reasons for replacing Calderon was his lack of durability, but will Lowry be an improvement at all, in that department?
Of course, my biggest problem with the deal is that it appears Colangelo will do anything it takes to push the Raptors into the playoffs, even if it means mortgaging their future. The trade for Lowry is another one of those base hits (like drafting Terrence Ross or signing Landry Fields) that raise the floor for the team without pushing up the ceiling very much. That would be fine if the Raptors had some elite talent for these players to compliment, but they don’t. As it is, the players are complimenting themselves, which doesn’t really work.
While I’m sure there are more moves to come, at this point, the Raptors have only improved themselves marginally over last season. Considering that the Nets and Wizards have improved much more than the Raptors have, it’s really hard to see the Raptors making the playoffs next year. It’s not that I have a problem with them not making the playoffs (if you think that, you haven’t been reading my posts), it’s just that Colangelo has now given away the draft pick that would make it worthwhile.