That isn't true. Good GM's with a timeline on an asset take the best offer available that is why the returns may vary widely depending on what is being offered.
A good GM would have not held onto Lowry, period. They would have taken the best offer and moved him there are also repercussions to this to Masai reputation part of what makes Sam Presti so well liked among players and agents is sure he may trade guys but he doesn't for the most part leave veterans in bad situations unless they want to finish out the season there or their contract is immovable.
You dont know what the offers were. I got the impression that no offer was particularly close to what the Raptors wanted and although the Raptors were asking too much they may have been offered too little, possibly because teams viewed Lowry as a rental. Doing a trade just to do it a la the Oladipo trade for Houston doesnt make sense, at least not for the Raptors and Lowry. If they dont get some assets why would they agree to a trade?
spikeslovechild wrote:Lowry wanted out. He wanted to goto a team that was going to offer him a contract extension and now instead he will have to be signed into cap space which severely limits not only his options in FA and also the money he will get. As a sixer fan this is the best case scenario because it means he'll likely sign for the MLE or go to a bad team.
I think Lowry wanted out because the Raptors dont want to give him the contract he wants. The Raptors tried to help Lowry get his contract but they are not going to make a trade without getting something out of it. Lowry may seem like the loser here but that is because the money he wants are more than the market wants to pay him (except maybe for the Heat). It is not Masai's fault that Lowry is unrealistic. If anything the Raptors should complain that Lowry's demands prevented them from getting anything.