• Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
  • Player option
  • Age: 30 (03/25/1986)
  • Career averages: 30.5 minutes, 13.7 points, 5.7 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals
  • Career slash line: .420/.359/.798

Kyle Lowry was almost a Knick once already. The Raptors were interested in moving Lowry back at the 2014 trade deadline.

The Knicks were afraid of getting fleeced for the second time by general manager Masai Ujiri (a major part of the Denver Nuggets front office during the Carmelo Anthony trade) and reluctant to trade two players (Iman Shumpert and Tim Hardaway Jr.) who they dealt away later for peanuts.

It was a low point for the franchise, to say the least.

Now they have a chance to pick him up in free agency. Lowry already announced that he would opt out of his contract for 2017-18 making him an unrestricted free agent.

2015-16 was the best season of Lowry’s career, and he’s been just as good or better across the board this season. Lowry and Courtney Lee would form one of the most lethal defensive backcourts in the NBA.

Prying Lowry away from a city he loves (Toronto) and a backcourt mate that he gets along with (DeMar DeRozan) won’t be easy. But if Lowry’s core in Toronto isn’t enough to get past LeBron than why waste the rest of his prime years there?

The Knicks will try and sell Lowry on that fact and a Porzingis and Melo big three. It’s all about the fit, and the Philly native is as tough as they come. He’d be a perfect Knick.

I'm ESNY's Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com. I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets. Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.