NBA free agency gets underway on July 1 with plenty of talented players set to become available. One player that may intrigue the Los Angeles Lakers is point guard Kyle Lowry. According to David Aldridge of NBA.com on June 23, the Lakers will target Lowry in free agency:
Raps have a decent shot at keeping Kyle Lowry, but there will be suitors — and the Lakers are at the top of the list.
The consensus has been that the Lakers organization didn't want to make major moves in free agency this summer with their focus on the free agent class in 2015. That no longer seems to be the case with LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony opting out of their contracts and Lowry potentially there for the taking with the right offer.
Bleacher Report's Jim Cavan has also confirmed the Lakers' interest in Lowry:
One player that’s squarely on L.A.’s radar is Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, who will join the ranks of unrestricted free agents on July 1.
Lowry will be among the big-name free agents Los Angeles will try to court this summer and might be the most attainable. Although Lowry may ultimately stay with the Raptors, Los Angeles could make things difficult for Toronto by sending an offer his way.
As of right now, LeBron and Carmelo will receive all the attention on the free agent market. Both superstars are potential game-changers for teams around the league on the verge of contending like the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets. There's no telling where the two star forwards might land at this point, but there's a good chance both players could be changing teams this summer.
As for the Lakers, Mitch Kupchak and company will likely attempt to upgrade the roster in order to give free agents like Lowry, James and Anthony a more appealing destination in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant's two-year, $48.5 million contract extension has made things a bit difficult for the Lakers brass to rebuild the squad, but a few trade scenarios involving Steve Nash have been discussed.
If the Lakers can move Nash's contract ($9.7 million) and the seventh overall pick in the upcoming NBA draft, the Lakers may have more leverage in talks with free agency. It remains to be seen if a trade can be made before the draft on Thursday.