The Raptors reportedly are reluctant to trade point guard Kyle Lowry. (Kent Smith/NBAE via Getty Images)
Three days prior to the NBA trade deadline, the Knicks continue to pursue a trade for Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.
Begley cites league sources as saying the Knicks are attempting to get the Raptors to budge with packages including Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton and Beno Udrih. The Knicks reportedly are hesitant to include one of the Raptors' requests: rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. or a future first-round draft pick.
While the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors reportedly have decided to keep Lowry as a key component for a playoff run, Begley reports a three-team deal that involves the Hawks -- and one of their first-round picks -- and point guard Jeff Teague could be the solution for the Knicks.
League sources say a scenario in which Teague ends up in Toronto, Shumpert goes to Atlanta and Lowry winds up in New York has been discussed. Another scenario could have Teague ending up in New York. The conversations are believed to be preliminary.
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That potential three-team scenario still faces challenges. Grantland's Zach Lowe reported last week
that Hawks general manager Danny Ferry "is not in love" with Teague's four-year, $32 million deal.