The LA Lakers push toward a second straight NBA title has featured several obstacles. LA holds an uphill battle ahead to accomplish that lofty feat. With that in mind, the Lakers may already be eyeing acquiring star point guard Kyle Lowry to play alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Lakers are stumbling toward NBA title contention
The Lakers‘ title defense this season has come with many hurdles.
LA has struggled to find consistency due to significant injuries to James and Davis, while the revamped roster works to find its cohesiveness together. Despite that, the team managed to secure a playoff spot with a tough first-round matchup against the Phoenix Suns.
As the Lakers move through the postseason, the front office may have its eyes on the next superstar addition.
Lakers may reignite push to acquire star point guard Kyle Lowry
Over the years, the Lakers have been no stranger to having star players linked to the franchise.
Many of those instances led to no action, but that may change this upcoming offseason. The Lakers’ difficult stumble through the 2020-21 season may push the franchise to pursue a trade to upgrade the backcourt.
According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the front office may shift its attention to pursuing Toronto Raptors star point guard Kyle Lowry.
“A natural target could be the player the Lakers already chased by dangling Schroder’s name: Kyle Lowry,” Fischer wrote. “Considering the Lakers’ salary-cap situation, though, the only cap gymnastics they could use to obtain Lowry would be a sign-and-trade.
The Lakers nearly acquired Lowry before the trade deadline, but the hesitance to include second-year forward Talen Horton-Tucker halted talks. The 35-year-old remains one of the league’s top point guards behind his all-around ability.
Lowry will become an unrestricted free agent, presenting a financial hurdle the Lakers will have to overcome. LA doesn’t possess significant salary-cap space to make a trade happen, likely requiring a sign-and-trade to help absorb the financial burden of the star guard’s next deal.
The move to acquire the six-time All-Star is a short-term plan to maximize the championship window with James in tow through the 2022-23 season. The Lakers would prefer a two or three-year contract that aligns with the four-time league MVP’s deal while keeping financial flexibility down the line.
Much can change, but it underlines that the Lakers will have opportunities to revamp the roster.
Dennis Schroder holds major free agency decision ahead
The Lakers‘ potential interest in acquiring Lowry hinges on Dennis Schroder’s free agency plans.
LA acquired Schroder shortly before the 2020-21 season. The 27-year-old initially voiced that he wanted to ink a long-term deal, but that tone changed as the campaign moved along.
After becoming eligible for an extension in February, he reportedly turned down a four-year, $84 million offer. His standing with LA took a hit after becoming included in a potential trade deadline package for Lowry.
Since then, Schroder has voiced that he will explore his options in free agency while returning to the Lakers remains a possibility.
“I wanna play my season out,” Schroder said via Michael Corvo of ClutchPoints. “I want to be a Laker, but I want to see my options.”
In his first season with the Lakers, the veteran has been a consistent offensive contributor. He finished the regular season averaging 15.4 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.5 rebounds on 43.7% shooting from the floor and 33.5% from 3-point range. Schroder played a significant offensive role with Davis and James sidelined due to injury.
His upcoming decision will play a pivotal factor in how the Lakers approach the offseason.