DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are supposed to be the go-to-guys for the Toronto Raptors in the 2016 NBA Playoffs but their poor performance so far has given weight to the NBA rumors that they are on their way out of the Toronto Raptors after they get eliminated in the postseason.
It’s believed that DeRozan will opt out of the final year of his contract worth $10.15 million in Toronto and explore free agency this summer. Meanwhile, Lowry has two years left in his deal with the Raptors with the final year worth $12 million in 2017-2018 as player option, which means the point guard could also leave the Toronto Raptors after next season.
The way the things are going in the 2016 NBA Playoffs, it looks like the management for the Canadian squad may now rethink of sticking with both guys and consider the NBA rumors of dealing them away as they turned in inconsistent and poor performances all throughout the playoffs.
The latest was a stinker against the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Raptors forced overtime thanks to a lucky Lowry midcourt shot at the end of regulation but they got dominated again in the extra period and suffered the disappointing 102-96 loss at home.
Like in the first round series against the Indiana Pacers, the Raptors lost their homecourt advantage in the first game of the best-of-seven. Toronto can still bounce back and win the series like they did against the Pacers but the Heat are a different and experienced team featuring veterans Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, Luol Deng and Joe Johnson. Rising star Hassan Whiteside has also been playing well for the Heat this postseason.
Lowry scored just 7 points and missed 10 of 13 shots while DeRozan had 22 points but had a key turnover in overtime. In the first round series against the Pacers, Lowry averaged 13.9 points on 31.6% shooting with 2.9 turnovers per game while DeRozan shot 31.9% with 2.7 turnovers, both a big drop in their regular season numbers.
Such performances will swell the NBA rumors that both could be on their way out of the Toronto Raptors this coming summer, via free agency for DeRozan and via a trade for Lowry.