The New York Knicks had an opportunity to trade for Toronto Raptors PG Kyle Lowry in 2013 that owner James Dolan turned down, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.
The trade would have brought Lowry to New York and sent Iman Shumpert, Metta World Peace and a first-round pick to Toronto.
"That deal was done," said Lowry, whose Raptors are in second place in the Eastern Conference.
Dolan, according to the report, turned down the trade because he thought Toronto GM Masai Ujiri, who was the Nuggets GM at the time of the Carmelo Anthony trade, was taking advantage of the Knicks.
The 29-year-old Lowry said he doesn't have any regrets about staying with the Raptors, as he is in the second year of a four-year, $48 million deal.
In 2014, the Knicks waived World Peace, and in 2015, dumped Shumpert and J.R. Smith to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In hindsight, this deal obviously would have done wonders for the Knicks. There's little denying that, even back then, Lowry was a high quality point guard. But New York's high hopes for Shumpert's potential (plus the fear of the backlash from relinquishing yet another draft pick) had Dolan believing his team come come out looking like fools following another deal with Toronto. He stepped in because he was being cautious, but now the argument could be made that he overreacted and misjudged the situation.
Fast-forward just over two years now, and Lowry would seemingly solve one of the Knicks' most glaring woes. An intelligent point guard who can penetrate, read defenses, all while getting others involved, could very well help New York reach a new plateau. Of course, it's easy to assess what the team's missing pieces are, as currently constructed.
Having said that, should Lowry have come to town, it's unlikely that all of the same decisions (and/or given flexibility) would have been made in similar fashion. Perhaps the Knicks would not have been able to add some of the better pieces they've acquired over the last year.
Nevertheless, now a two-time all-star, Lowry is one of the league's best floor generals. He would have fit the bill as a secondary star to play alongside, as Anthony has strongly alluded that fellow quality players strive to, this weekend.