Raptors have stiff competition trying to sign Kyle Lowry

Nets guard Deron Williams (right) defends against Raptors' Kyle Lowry. The Rockets, who gave up on...

Nets guard Deron Williams (right) defends against Raptors' Kyle Lowry. The Rockets, who gave up on Lowry and traded him to the Raptors, made a strong push to get him back yesterday. (USA TODAY)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:31 AM ET

TORONTO - They all came for Kyle Lowry.

Hunkered down in his hometown of Philadelphia, Lowry and his agent Andy Miller let them come.

First it was Houston with an early morning call on the first day of free agency.

Rockets GM Daryl Morey and, according to one report, Kevin McHale offering whatever money they could and the chance to be part of something possibly great in the great state of Texas.

Lowry, deemed too much of a distraction just two years ago by the Rockets and sent to Toronto for a first-round pick and Gary Forbes then, is now on the Rockets’ wish list.

According to reports, though, a second go-round in Houston is not in the cards for Lowry. The team would require a sign-and-trade to fit him into its complex plans and Raptors’ Masai Ujiri is not about to facilitate that.

Ujiri, like the rest of the NBA seems to, covets Lowry and wants him back in Raptors colours.


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