“I’ve never asked for a trade. My goal is to try to win a championship here, and that’s what I want to do,” veteran Lowry explained.
Kyle Lowry is fully aware of the speculation and uncertainty surrounding his future with the Raptors.
The 32-year-old guard addressed some of the recent rumors ahead of Thursday’s trade deadline, revealing he didn’t ask to be dealt to a new team.
“I personally want to be in Toronto,” Lowry said, per The Athletic. “I’ve never asked for a trade. My goal is to try to win a championship here, and that’s what I want to do. I’ve heard all the rumors just like that.
“I’m sure if anything were to happen, management would call me and talk to me and make me aware of anything that was going down. That’s one of the things where I’m sure we have a good enough relationship to know what is going on.”
Lowry explained he isn’t concerned because trades are just the nature of the business, and the Raptors will make a decision based on what’s best for the franchise.
“I think they will make decisions for themselves, and they’ll do what’s best for them. I don’t think there’s one thing I can say or do [to change that], you know what I mean? I think that’s just how they work, and they operate,” Lowry told ESPN. “They make moves, and they make moves for the best of the organization. If they do something that will be their feeling to whatever the organization thinks is best for them.”
Sports Illustrated reported earlier this week that Toronto offered guard Kyle Lowry and center Jonas Valanciunas to Memphis in exchange for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Lowry, however, said he hasn’t yet heard anything from the team about a potential trade.
“No, I haven’t heard anything,” he noted. “Reassurance would be great, but at the end of the day, they don’t have to call me. My job is, as a player, to go out here and do my job. If they want to call me, that’d be great. I would appreciate it. But if they don’t, I understand.”
Lowry is averaging a career-high 9.2 assists with 14.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 41 percent from the field.