Lakers free agency rumors: Kyle Lowry interested in going to LA
The Los Angeles Lakers were heavily involved in talks for Kyle Lowry by the March trade deadline, but were ultimately unable to secure a deal for the veteran Toronto Raptors star, backing down when the price got too high for them. But it looks like the rumors connecting the two sides are not over yet, and for the first time we hear that the interest is mutual.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Brad Turner, Lowry would still like to wear purple and gold next season:
While the Lakers haven’t acquired Lowry by the trade deadline, he remains interested in joining them, according to people with knowledge of his situation.
Unlike his former Raptors teammate DeMar DeRozan, however, there is no indication that Lowry is willing to take a pay cut to do so. It’s hard to blame him for it, but it means he’s going to be even harder to acquire now than he was at the deadline.
The Lakers could theoretically offer the Raptors the same trade package they would have discussed about relinquishing Russell Westbrook – Dennis Schröder, Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker – in a triple signing and complicated trade for Lowry, but all the same stakes. guard apply, with Schröder and Horton-Tucker having to want to go to Toronto / Tampa, and the Raptors wanting to pay them to do so.
It’s just a lot of moving parts, even if you replace Horton-Tucker or Kuzma with the likely option from Montrezl Harrell. The Lakers could also theoretically just try to free up space for Lowry, but that would require Lowry to likely take a pay cut and the Lakers to lose a bunch of good players. Lowry would certainly help the Lakers, but if including Horton-Tucker in the deal was too much for the front office then, their thinking about adding Lowry, 35, has changed a lot in recent months. ? Are the Raptors more interested in Lakers coins now than when they made a trade in March? We just don’t know.
But when you cut out all the noise and all the Lakers-related players, there are three things to remember here.
- Agents Who Disclose Their Clients Want To Go To The Lakers For SZN Leverage Is Officially On Us
- The Lakers really seem to want a star point guard
- We haven’t heard ANY rumors yet that they want to bring Dennis Schröder back
Beyond that, we probably won’t know anything for sure until free agency begins on August 3. It doesn’t mean that you won’t hear much more beforehand.
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