Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse met with point guard Kyle Lowry in Las Vegas last Friday and is confident Lowry will buy into the new roster which features Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green.
DeMar DeRozan is Lowry's best friend off the court and Lowry didn't address the trade when speaking to reporters at Team USA training camp, causing some to believe the All-Star guard was upset about the move.
Nurse doesn't believe that to be true.
“I’m sure he has to show (DeMar) that he’s on his side," Nurse told Josh Lewenberg of TSN.ca. "But we hope and I think he’ll be OK when he starts playing. That’s one thing Kyle’s going to do, when the ball goes up he’s going to play to win. That’s all he’s ever done, and I don’t see that changing."
Lowry says right now, he's focused on Team USA and will talk about the Raptors at the appropriate time.
This past season in 78 games, Lowry averaged 16.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.9 assists while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 39.9 percent from three.
Lowry and the Raptors secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, but were swept by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second-round of the playoffs.
The 32-year-old Lowry has two years left on his contract.