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NBA trade deadline: Kyle Lowry, 'maybe the greatest Raptor ever,' prepares for his potential departure

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The prideful competitor left the floor. Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry saw a camera tracking him as he walked through the entrance tunnel. Lowry held out two fingers with both of his hands and waved, an image that may have represented his final moment as a Raptors player on the eve of the NBA trade deadline.

“Usually I (BS) y’all. But it was kind of weird tonight not knowing what the next step would be,” Lowry said following the Raptors’ 135-111 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. “Just with understanding there are things that could possibly be done on the front of me and the other guys on our team and the organization.”

Lowry spoke those words without any hint of resentment. Instead, he spoke matter-of-factly. Raptors coach Nick Nurse argued that Lowry will “go down as maybe the greatest Raptor ever” after helping the organization win the 2019 NBA championship, ranking as the second-best scorer in franchise history and first all-time in assists, 3-pointers, steals and triple-doubles. But with the Raptors (18-26) laboring in the Eastern Conference, they may deal Lowry and his expiring $30.5 million contract before Thursday’s trade deadline (3 p.m. ET) to a contending team for assets that could include young talent and draft picks.



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