Reason to Keep: Veteran Leader and Mentor
On the flip side, another reason the Raptors should keep Kyle Lowry is to maintain his veteran leadership for the young players. As great as Kyle is on the court, one can argue he is just as valuable off the court for his ability to help mentor and develop younger players.
For instance, the most notable player who benefited from Kyle’s mentorship is Fred VanVleet who has spent a lot of time learning under Kyle to help develop himself into the great player we see today. Another player who has benefited from Kyle’s leadership is Pascal Siakam who has learned to deal with the pressure of being a number one option.
Last season Pascal had to take on a larger role on the team which meant that he was faced with a lot of pressure to be successful. Lucky for him Kyle had one of his most productive seasons which really helped Pascal play with more confidence as he had the support of Lowry behind him.
Not to mention Kyle can be a great mentor for the other young guards on the roster including Malachi Flynn, Terence Davis, and even Matt Thomas.
Overall the Raptors still have a lot of young players on their roster and by keeping Lowry who is a high basketball IQ player he can really help grow their young talent for the future.