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Raptors Shopping Kyle Lowry And DeMar DeRozan

DeRozan webA very good source has confirmed that the Raptors are shopping both DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry, but the price is high.  As has been suggested in rumored deals for Lowry, the Raptors want young assets and first round draft picks in the worst way.

Hoopsworld senior writer Bill Ingram is absolutely certain of his source.

Since MLSE President and CEO Tim Leiweke arrived in Toronto, he has promised the Toronto Raptors would not be stuck in mediocrity and new President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri had carte blanche to make it happen.

Bargnani webAlready Ujiri has moved Andrea Bargnani for a low priced veteran, players that were waived and draft picks and successfully traded the high priced Rudy Gay for 2 young players and 2 veterans with very limited salary commitments after this season.  Plus, the 5 free agents Ujiri acquired in the summer were all on 1-year deals or are not guaranteed past this season.

Ujiri is creating flexibility and has been clearing the books for this coming summer and beyond. The Raptors now have only $39.3 million guaranteed after this season and $13.3 million after that.

While he was in Denver, Ujiri showed the patience necessary to extract maximum value for the players he traded and most people have been suitably impressed with his first 2 big deals in Toronto. If Ujiri wants draft picks, it should be expected that is what he will hold out for.

Kyle Lowry 2Lowry was a player widely expected to be traded after Gay and there is definitely a market for the Raptors starting point guard. It was a bigger surprise to receive confirmation that DeRozan was also being made available, but if Ujiri can get what he wants, then really no trade should be completely unexpected.

Stephen_Brotherston_insideStephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.