And on the day of the deadline, we have our latest update, as according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Lakers are still in the hunt for the veteran guard:
KCP, Schroder, Wes according to Windy what we r offering https://t.co/CBms0y0Awh— Ralph Mason (@Ralph_MasonJr) March 25, 2021
However, as we discussed last night, involving the Lakers’ name is often a tried and true strategy from teams to use them as a boogeyman to get another organization to up their best offer.
And from the sound of the local media in Tampa/Toronto, it might be working:
Hearing the Sixers are making a late push here for Lowry. ‘On the 1-yard line’ ...— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) March 25, 2021
Or maybe not, via the people in Philly:
The Sixers do not see themselves as the current leader in discussions for Lowry, and are continuing to pursue other trade options as we approach the deadline, according to league sources— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) March 25, 2021
The Lakers definitely COULD trade for Lowry. It would be complicated, and likely require Dennis Schröder, Montrezl Harrell, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and/or Talen Horton-Tucker — the former three of whom are available, the latter of whom hasn’t been so far — but they could do it. If they’re far apart on contract extension negotiations with Schröder, maybe it would even be the right move to make.
But would they really want to voluntarily go through that much upheaval to acquire a (still-talented) 35-year-old while already dealing with major injuries in the middle of a title defense? We’ll see what Rob Pelinka’s stomach is for that amount of turnover as the deadline approaches today at noon, but until we hear more, we should probably assume this is a leverage ploy by the Raptors to get the Sixers (or Heat) to give up juuuuust a bit more to get from the 1-yard line to the endzone.