Raptors News: Raptors came "very, very close" to trading Kyle Lowry, says GM

In this renaissance 2013-14 NBA season for Raptors news, it is easy to forget how close the Toronto Raptors' front office came to blowing up the current core of players which has the Raptors at 43-32 overall -- third best in the Eastern Conference.

According to Bruce Arthur of the National Post, the Toronto Raptors were a lot closer to absolutely changing the course of the franchise just a couple months ago -- "In February this roster was about one phone call away from a controlled demolition, and the call would have carried [Kyle] Lowry away. But the call never came."

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujuri echoed these sentiments, stating "[we came] very, very close [to a different path]...but one thing that really encouraged me was that Kyle, I think Kyle really grew up. We had some honest discussions, and some honest challenges."

Battling perceived attitude problems and a litany of injuries (knee, ankle, a knee to the head), Lowry has been the glue which has kept the Toronto Raptors from sliding into the mediocre depths of the NBA Eastern Conference playoff bubble.

In his 8th NBA season, the Raptors' star point guard is undoubtedly having a career-best campaign this year -- posting career-highs in points (17.3), assists (7.6), and rebounds (4.8) per game.

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