It is clear the Toronto Raptors wanted Steve Nash and weren’t ready to continue with the status quo at the point guard position the upcoming season.
On Thursday, Raptors General Manager Bryan Colangelo announced the Raptors have reached an agreement with Kyle Lowry from the Houston Rockets for a sign and trade. The Rockets will receive a future lottery pick in the deal. Nash ended up with the Los Angeles Lakers last night even though the Raptors were offering significantly more money.
Last season Lowry had 14.3 points per game and 6.6 assists per game. Lowry joins Landry Fields, who was acquired earlier in the week from the New York Knicks.
Lowry and Fields look to join a Toronto team that already has Andrea Bargnani at center, Demar DeRozan at shooting guard and restricted free agent Jerryd Bayless who might be better off moving from shooting guard to small forward more regularly.
But the player I am very anxious to see in Toronto next year is their first overall pick from 2011, Jonas Valanciunas. The Lithuanian center was the fifth overall pick last year and could complement Bargnani extremely well.