Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry told Jim Rome on his radio program that he’s aware of the trade rumors surrounding him and he has a choice as to how he deals with them.

“You can go one of two ways: you can go up or you can go down,” said the point guard. “Personally, I’m going to do my job and I’m a professional athlete who loves his job and doesn’t take it for granted. So every time I step on the floor, I give it my all, until something happens. Anybody can start a rumor, I can start a rumor, but until something happens, you’re going to be at that same organization. I’m still a Raptor and I’m still playing my hardest for the Raptors.”

The 27-year-old guard is in the final year of his current contract and is not sure he’ll resign with Toronto in the summer.

“I haven’t had time to think about that. To be honest, it’s my agent’s job to do all that work for me,” said the guard. “I can’t worry about the future or I can’t worry about the next couple years, I just got to worry about today and tomorrow.”

Lowry admitted he was aware others around the league have questioned his leadership abilities, but said it was more a matter of timing, not lack of ability.

“I’ve never really had the opportunity to lead my team and be the guy. This year, I had the opportunity,” said the guard. “I’m making sure I’m taking advantage of the opportunity that’s presented itself and I don’t want myself to be like ‘I didn’t take advantage of it.’”

Lowry said he’s a fan of Drake serving as the team ambassador.

“He’s going to be big for the Raptors organization when it comes to recruiting players,” said the guard. “Drake being involved with the team is always big because he’s a global icon and when you have a global icon pushing your team and franchise, it always gives you that extra boost.”

While Lowry sees Drake as a benefit to recruiting players to come to Toronto, he also expects he’ll play a role in trying to keep players in Toronto. Players like Lowry.

“Drake’s a good friend of all of ours and he’s been a great supporter to all of us,” said Lowry. “When it comes down to that time, I’m sure he will be making a phone call or two.”


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