Title: Could the Sixers lure Kyle Lowry away from Raptors at trade deadline?
Date: March 11, 2021
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I connected with one of our 76ers writers to figure out what a Kyle Lowry trade would look like between the teams.
In preparing for a move last week, I went through some old Toronto sports memorabilia in storage. Along with some truly bizarre keepsakes from before becoming a sportswriter — who owns Luke Schenn memorabilia? — I came across a plaque commemorating Roy Halladay’s perfect game from 2010.
Halladay is a Toronto sports legend, and one of the many connecting points between sports in Toronto and Philadelphia. (Let’s ignore Schenn’s role in that.) In late 2009, the Blue Jays dealt Halladay, the face of their franchise and best pitcher in franchise history, to the Phillies. (Let’s also ignore how the return turned out.) It was the type of sell-off of a franchise icon everyone could understand. Halladay, at age 32, had never made the postseason, and a move to Philadelphia offered him a chance to compete at the sport’s highest levels while still in his prime.
(Naturally, Halladay threw a playoff no-hitter and posted a career 2.37 postseason ERA but still didn’t get a ring. You can take the pitcher out of Toronto…)