Report: Boston Celtics Interested in Kyle Lowry?

Andy HuSenior Writer IINovember 6, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 09:  Kyle Lowry #3 of the Toronto Raptors dribbles against the Los Angeles Clippers during a 102-83 Clipper win at Staples Center on December 9, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Rajon Rondo's recently reported ACL injury will keep him out for the remainder of the season, and the Boston Celtics do not have a true backup point guard in their possession right now.

Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry, who was the starting point guard for his team in the beginning of the season, has been relegated to the bench for the last 15 games behind Jose Calderon.

The stocky point guard out of Villanova has seen his fair share of ups and downs throughout his seven-year career so far. 

As a member of the Houston Rockets last season, he suffered a bacterial infection which sidelined him for nearly 20 games. During that stretch, his backup Goran Dragic broke out into the scene and established himself as an exemplary point guard, and eventually ended up starting the rest of the season.

This is familiar territory for Lowry, as he seems to have lost his starting role once again, after Calderon played an exceptional stretch of games. He went down earlier this season due to a tear in his tricep muscles, per Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Boston Celtics are likely to start chasing Kyle Lowry




If the Celtics do end up pulling the trigger on a few trades before the deadline, Lowry will unquestionably be the starting point guard for the club. 

He has only two years left on his reasonably paid contract, so he won't severely cripple the Celtics' hopes of bringing in other quality players in the future.

Besides the fact that the Celtics don't have a real point guard on their roster, Lowry is perfectly capable of holding his own against the elite point guards in the NBA

In 31 games this season, he's registering per-36 minute averages of 17.7 PPG, 7.6 APG, 5.8 RPG and 1.7 steals with an astounding 21.3 PER (per Basketball Reference).

Those are clearly All-Star caliber numbers, so acquiring Lowry would be a terrific investment for an old Celtics team looking to make one last push in the playoffs.