It took him a while but Kyle Lowry finally established himself as one of the most respected and highly-coveted point guards around the NBA. He took a step forward without DeMar DeRozan and proved that he could be a leader.
Now, the Toronto Raptors know that they're not likely to be able to keep him on board for more time and he's one of the prime candidates ahead of the trade deadline, with the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers reportedly leading the race for his services.
However, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, landing the former NBA Champion won't be cheap or easy, as he'd only like to play for a team that's willing to offer him two more years and roughly $50 million:
"Acquiring Lowry, a Philly native who played at Villanova and Cardinal Dougherty High, would do just that. However, it could be expensive. The Sixers and Miami Heat are having talks with the Toronto Raptors to acquire the six-time All-Star point guard in a trade. However, Lowry, 34, wants some indication that a potential destination is willing to give him a two-year extension at a minimum $25 million a year, according to sources. He’s making $30 million in the final year of his Raptors deal," Pompey wrote.
While those numbers are reasonable for an All-Star point guard in 2021, we're talking about a player that's already 34 years old and who's struggled with injuries throughout the season. He's not likely to stay at his peak until he's 36 like LeBron James.
So, teams trying to land him face a bit of a crossroads. They can't give away multiple assets just for him to walk away at the end of the season, especially if things don't work out. If not, they'll risk overpaying for an aging player that could significantly boost their championship chances.