Kyle Lowry's agent: Rumours of pushing for 76ers trade 'just not true'

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) goes to the basket between Miami Heat forward Bam Adebayo (13) and forward Maurice Harkless during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game. (Chris O'Meara/AP)

A report surfaced earlier on Thursday that Kyle Lowry, a proud Philadelphia native, would be interested in a homecoming to join forces with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

According to Mark Bartelstein, Lowry's agent, rumours of the NBA champion wanting out of Toronto are just that: rumours.

"There was a story about how he's pushing to go to Philadelphia, that's just not true," Bartelstein said Thursday during an appearance on Sirius XM's NBA Today show. "That story came out today, so I had to get on the phone with Masai and Bobby and make sure they knew that certainly wasn't coming from us."

Along with the 76ers, the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers were also reported by Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer as potential trade destinations for the six-time All-Star. The Raptors, per Pompey, have reportedly told Lowry that they would be willing to trade him to his preferred destination if they were to get something of value in return.

Bartelstein did not address those elements of the report directly during the show, but did emphasize what Lowry is focusing on at this point in the season.

"They got off to a bit of a rough start but they're playing much better now, they're healthy -- Kyle missed a few games with a thumb injury," Bartelstein said. "Right now, his focus is on helping them climb the standings in the East and winning games."

Lowry, whose nine-year tenure with Toronto has spanned the franchise's ascent from fringe playoff team to NBA champions, has become one of the most popular players in Raptors history.

The 34-year-old is slated to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. Lowry made his return from being sidelined with a thumb injury last night against the Heat and scored 24 points. On the season, he's averaged 17.7 points, 6.4 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 26 appearances.

"He's the greatest Raptor of all-time, I don't think there's any question about that and he's got an unbelievable legacy there," Bartelstein said. "His focus is on playing for the Raptors and winning, helping his teammates and doing great things for the rest of the season."

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