Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry is seen within the organization as a potential trading piece, league sources told CBSsports.com's Ken Berger. Berger then linked the Raptors as the "most realistic" landing spot for Pau Gasol and that the Raptors would rather trade Lowry than starter Jose Calderon.
The Raptors have been less than pleased with Lowry in his first season since he was traded from the Houston Rockets for Gary Forbes and a first-round pick (a pick that, in turn, went to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the James Harden deal), Berger said. Lowry has averaged 13.8 points and 5.8 assists in 30 games this season; perhaps more importantly, Berger said Lowry has "not made many friends in his new surroundings."
Berger also said flipping Lowry in a potential deal for Gasol could be seen as a way to redeem surrendering the future first-round pick.
Also among a handful of teams Berger listed as possible Gasol suitors were the Minnesota Timberwolves (where he would team up with fellow Spaniard Ricky Rubio), the Atlanta Hawks, Utah Jazz and Milwaukee Bucks.
Lowry injured his ankle on Jan. 15 but has played in all five team games since.