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SportsKawhi to Lowry after trade: 'Let's go out and do something special'

09:20  14 june  2019
09:20  14 june  2019 Source:   thescore.com

Masai Ujiri's talk with Lowry with the turning point in their relationship

Masai Ujiri's talk with Lowry with the turning point in their relationship TORONTO — Masai Ujiri pinpoints a particular conversation as the turning point in his relationship with Kyle Lowry this season. When the Toronto Raptors president shipped franchise icon and Lowry's good friend DeMar DeRozan to San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard last summer, perhaps nobody was more hurt by the stunning move than Lowry. But the two who've butted heads over the years had a heart-to-heart before February's NBA trade deadline. And it made all the difference.

Kyle Lowry moving on pretty well after Raptors dealt DeMar DeRozan. As he told Lee, it’ s something Lowry ’ s actively been trying to do this season for the good of the team. Send me alerts, event notifications and special deals or information from our carefully screened partners that may be

Days after the trade an admittedly nervous Nurse sat with Leonard, whose stolidity is legendary. Lowry says he and Leonard have become friendly. The two swapped texts after the trade but didn’t Leonard chuckles, then shuffles off. A smile and a laugh? Now that’ s something the Raptors can get

Kawhi to Lowry after trade: 'Let's go out and do something special'© Garrett Ellwood / National Basketball Association / Getty

The Toronto Raptors took a major gamble when they shipped DeMar DeRozan to the San Antonio Spurs for Kawhi Leonard. But the risk paid off when Toronto won the first championship in franchise history, knocking off the Golden State Warriors in six games.

Despite initial question marks about his interest in joining the team, Leonard told reporters after the series-clinching victory that he quickly messaged Kyle Lowry following the trade, saying he's in Toronto to win a title.

"We all know where my destinations were," Leonard said, according to The Athletic's Richard Deitsch. "But obviously like I said, when I was there on my opening-day meeting that I was focused on the now, and I wanted to make history here and that's all I did. ... The guys here have been making runs in the playoffs before I came, so I know they were a talented team. And I just came in with the right mindset, let's go out and win ball games.

Masai Ujiri's talk with Lowry with the turning point in their relationship

Masai Ujiri's talk with Lowry with the turning point in their relationship Masai Ujiri's talk with Lowry with the turning point in their relationship

News of Kawhi Leonard heading to Toronto in exchange for DeMar DeRozan shocked the NBA world on Wednesday but was it a good deal for both teams? Did Masai Ujiri just manage to put the Raptors in a great position for the next year or so? Or will Leonard' s time in Toronto mirror his last season with

The moment the Raptors traded DeMar DeRozan for Kawhi Leonard this summer, the questions The fans knew them, the media knew them, and Lowry himself surely knew exactly what he was going It was great to see them grow into their games together, and build something special in Toronto, and

"I texted Kyle probably a day later - or the day I got traded and told him 'let's go out and do something special.' I know your best friend left, I know you're mad, but let's make this thing work out.' And we are here today."

Lowry was notably upset when team president Masai Ujiri dealt DeRozan, his best friend. But he's said multiple times since the trade that it's all business, and he was focused on hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy for the first time.

Leonard, the two-time Defensive Player of the Year, immediately gave Toronto championship aspirations when he came aboard the perennial playoff contender.

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The Raptors didn't come close to the Finals until the arrival of Leonard, and they made changes to build around him for a championship run. One constant in Toronto's organization is Kyle Lowry, who has spent the last seven seasons with the team. But, despite being a five-time All-Star and maintaining his position as the heartbeat of the Raptors, he found himself in trade rumor talk as the 2019 deadline approached. Lowry has become a Canadian icon, but Toronto's general manager has made it very clear he'll do anything he can to win.

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