At first glance, the Los Angeles Lakers and Kyle Lowry don’t seem like a natural fit. Lowry is 31 years old and plays for a second-round contender in the Toronto Raptors, and the Lakers are a lottery team that seems to be embracing a youth movement.
However, Marc Stein of (for now) ESPN reported Sunday that “late-season rumbles that Kyle Lowry will give legit thought to a free-agent switch to the West are sure to rise in volume” after the Toronto Raptors’ unceremonious thumping at the hands of LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers.
There are 15 teams in the West, so that report by itself doesn’t necessarily mean anything from the Lakers, but connect a few dots and it might have some relevance. Sean Deveney of Sporting News reported in February that “Lowry is expected to be a Laker target” this summer after he showed interest in the team in 2014.
The real question here is how much of a target Lowry actually is. In a vacuum, sure, the Lakers could use good players, especially ones that can shoot, facilitate and defend.
That being said, Lowry will be 32 by the time next season ends. While his game figures to age well, it’s unlikely his prime lines up with any meaningful leaps towards contention with the Lakers’ young core, and the last year or two of his deal could be ugly.
There are enough wisps of smoke here that there could be some early fire, but especially if the Lakers’ keep their top-three protected lottery pick in a guard-heavy 2017 NBA Draft, it’s probably more likely Lowry doesn’t end up in Los Angeles as he possibly/maybe searches for a Western Conference destination.