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Kyle Lowry: 2013 trade to Knicks was ‘done’

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 16: Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors passes the ball as Toure Murry #23 of the New York Knicks defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden on April. 16, 2014 in New York City. The Knicks defeated the Raptors 95-92. 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 Rich Schultz /Getty Images)

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The Knicks and Raptors engaged in protracted trade discussions about Kyle Lowry during the 2013-14 season.

But the deal reportedly fell through when Knicks owner James Dolan – fearful of getting fleeced again by Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who dealt New York both Andrea Bargnani and, while running the Nuggets, Carmelo Anthony – intervened.

Just how close was the trade?

Lowry, via Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today:

“That deal was done,” Lowry told USA TODAY Sports about a trade that would’ve sent him to the Knicks, and the Raptors would have received Metta World Peace, Iman Shumpert and a future first-round draft pick.

Lowry, who was just entering stardom at that time, has continued to progress. He’s one of the NBA’s top guards – precisely the type of point guard New York still needs.

Just because the Knicks traded first-round picks too freely previously doesn’t mean they should have stopped dealing them. Lowry would have been well worth it.

Dolan really out-thought himself on this one.