are reportedly interested in acquiring Kyle Lowry
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Riddled with injuries and early season losses, the Knicks are in discussions to acquire veteran point guard Kyle Lowry from the Raptors, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.
Per Stein, New York would likely have to send veteran point guard Raymond Felton and another player to Toronto in order to make the salaries work. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, that player would be Metta World Peace along with the team's 2018 first-round pick.
The 6-15 Knicks have struggled to get consistent play at the point this season, starting the ailing Felton in 16 of 21 games. The ninth-year pro has played so poorly this season -- a career-low 11.8 Player Efficiency Rating and just 27.9 percent shooting from three-point range -- that he was recently named to The Point Forward's All-Atrocious Team, highlighting the worst starters in the league.
Lowry, 27, would serve as a respectable upgrade for the Knicks, who have also been rumored to be considering a coaching change during their immense struggles. On the season, Lowry is averaging 14.6 points, 6.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals for the Raptors while shooting a serviceable 36.1 percent from behind the arc. He's regarded as a solid perimeter defender (something the Knicks lack at the point) and comes at the relatively reasonable price of $6.2 million this season, with his contract set to expire after 2013-14.
If Felton were dealt, it would mark the fourth time in four years, having played for the Blazers and Nuggets since his 2010-11 with the Knicks. Felton posted a solid campaign last season, starting and playing in 68 games and averaging 14.8 points and 5.8 assists, but much like the Knicks, this season has been a drastically different story. Felton is due a little under $12 million over the next three years and holds a player option for 2015-16.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Lowry wasn't the first point guard on the Knicks' radar:
A trade with the Raptors could be more likely due to Toronto's desire to make moves. Last week, GM Masai Ujiri pulled the trigger on seven-player blockbuster with Sacramento, sending Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy to the Kings in exchange for Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes and John Salmons.
Over the summer, the Raptors and Knicks also did some high-profile business, with the Knicks acquiring Andrea Bargnani from the Raptors
. So far, that trade has yielded mixed results for New York. While the team is at the bottom of the Atlantic Division, Bargnani has started all but one game and is averaging 14.2 points and 5 rebounds on 44.2 percent shooting from the field.