TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: Fred VanVleet #23 and Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors react during the first half of an NBA game against the Detroit Pistons at Scotiabank Arena on October 30, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. 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 Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Kyle Lowry came close to leaving the Toronto Raptors for a contending team during the trade deadline. However, he remained with the team for at least until the end of the season.

According to Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer, the Raptors did not receive a strong offer for Lowry, but most importantly, they believe they can fight for a championship the next season.

“One league source told me the sleeper team to watch in a Beal bidding war is the Raptors. This source said Toronto president Masai Ujiri was reluctant to deal Lowry because he believes the team can contend again as soon as next season. At that point, the Raptors will likely be back in a normal rhythm and playing in Canada after spending all of this season in Tampa,” O’Connor wrote.

The Wizards are not willing to give up on the team as they’re trying to build around Bradley Beal, who is the leading scorer of the NBA.

The Raptors are still on the playoff race, but, at the same time, they currently have the 7th best lottery odds for the 2021 NBA Draft.

Kyle Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent after the end of the season, and many may express interest for the veteran point guard.