It was once believed that the Raptors were trying to flip Kyle Lowry and Jonas Valanciunus to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley. It’s a trade that the Grizzlies apparently turned down. This attempted swing demonstrates that there is an appreciation by the organization for what Conley brings to the court.
The point guard is set to be an unrestricted free agent at the same time as Lowry. If the Toronto Raptors don’t re-sign their franchise leader, then Conley would be an excellent replacement. In doing so, the team could maintain a similar floor style that it has with Lowry and Fred VanVleet. In essence, it would exchange one veteran point guard for another. Conley happens to be one year younger than 34-year-old Lowry.
Spencer Dinwiddie has a player option in his contract with the Brooklyn Nets. This talented point guard is likely to decline that option and hit the open market. It’s his chance to cash in and pick up a bigger deal. Dinwiddie would be turning down $11,454,048, which means he’ll be looking for something more than that. He’s sure to get it.
Last season, Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 6.8 assists. He was a go-to player for the Nets with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant on the shelf. Those injuries allowed Dinwiddie to shine. Even if he plays a smaller role with the return of those players, teams know what they will get from the 27-year-old.
If the Toronto Raptors choose to move on from Lowry, a tandem of VanVleet and Dinwiddie would ensure that the team’s backcourt remains strong. It would certainly be an interesting acquisition for the team.