Oriental notes: Lowry, Murray, Banchero, Grant, Turner

Kyle LowryThe name of has surfaced in trade rumors, mainly due to the Heats interest in Kevin Durant. In a recent podcast with longtime NBA All-Star Vince Carter, Lowry says he doesn’t feel the need to broach trade talks (hat tip to Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang and Barry Jackson).

“I hear it. I don’t answer it” said Lowry. “I have my social media, but I’m not even on my social media right now, to be honest with you. I only did this interview because you’re my man.

Lowry’s salary could prove valuable if Miami successfully negotiates for Durant or another high-priced star like Donovan Mitchell. Lowry, who is entering the second year of a three-year, $85 million contract, has not considered retiring, saying he will play “until I can’t.”

“That’s what I personally think. When you say something to your brain, it starts doing it.” he said. “So for me, I’ll say, ‘I’m going until I can’t anymore. Why not? Until I no longer wanted to wake up at 5 or 6 in the morning to go to training.

We have more from the Eastern Conference:

  • New hawks guardian Delete Murray and the first draft pick, the Magic Paolo Bancheroexchanged words on and off the pitch after taking the pitch at Isaiah Thomas‘annual summer pro-am, Kurt Helin of NBC Sports relay. Murray faked Banchero before going for a walk of self, then took to social media to give the rookie more heartache. Banchero responded by saying that Murray had dumped him, while adding his own choice words.
  • When the Pistons sign Jerami Grant to a three-year contract two years ago as a free agent, many observers were baffled as to why the rebuilding team went this route. Looking back, it worked pretty well for Detroit, Keith Langlois of Pistons.com writing. Grant’s professionalism and work ethic rubbed off on younger Pistons players and the ensuing trade to Portland this summer helped GM Weaver of Troy make a draft night bid for a draw Jalen Duren.
  • Although it has been the subject of trade rumors for months, Pacers center Myles Turner loves Indiana and is excited to play with it Tyrese Haliburtonaccording Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. Haliburton is the first true point guard Turner has played with, Scotto notes. Turner is entering his walking year and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer.