Lakers to explore the acquisition of this star PG during the offseason?
The Los Angeles Lakers are at risk of not making it past the first round of the playoffs as their streak with the Phoenix Suns is tied 2-2 and Anthony Davis could miss Game 5 with a groin injury. If the defending champions are unable to do a deep run, we could see some serious changes to their roster this offseason.
Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report spoke with several NBA executives about the challenges the Lakers will face in the coming months. The majority of their salary cap is currently dedicated to Anthony Davis and LeBron James, and both superstars’ injuries this season was a reminder of how LA could use a third star. Is Kyle Lowry a veteran who could play this role?
Dennis Schroder is set to become a free agent this offseason. The playmaker previously turned down a four-year, $ 84 million extension offer from the Lakers when they acquired it commercially last year. There have been reports that Schroder is unhappy with his role in Los Angeles and wants to sign with a team that will allow him to be “the guy”.
As Fischer notes, this could give the Lakers an opportunity to work out a signing and a trade. However, Lowry is also on the cusp of becoming a free agent, so the Toronto Raptors have also reportedly entered into a signing-and-swap deal with him to take him to Los Angeles. It is unclear whether Schroder would benefit from it. playing for the Raptors, and he would obviously need to accept the sign part of the signing and the trade.
Lowry is 35, but still averages 17.2 points, 7.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game on a poor Raptors team this season. He’s the kind of veteran who could definitely help the Lakers, and they were one of the many teams that chased him earlier this year. They could resume those talks with Toronto in the offseason, but the situation is much more complicated now.