With free agency on the horizon, rumours are starting to pick up.
According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times, Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry "remains interested" in joining the Los Angeles Lakers after the franchise reportedly showed interest in acquiring him at this season's trade deadline.
Not only that, but Turner reports that San Antonio Spurs guard/forward DeMar DeRozan has interest in returning home to play for the Lakers.
"DeRozan, who starred at Compton High and USC, has interest in returning home to play for the Lakers, even if it is for less than the $27.7 million he earned last season in San Antonio, according to people not authorized to speak publicly on the matter," Turner writes.
"Though the Lakers didn't acquire Lowry at the trade deadline, he remains interested in joining them, according to people with knowledge of his situation."
Lowry and DeRozan are two of the best players available in this year's free-agent class. Both will be unrestricted free agents.
A six-time All-Star, Lowry has spent the last nine seasons with the Raptors, posting averages of 17.5 points, 7.1 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. A four-time All-Star, DeRozan was teammates with Lowry for six seasons in Toronto and has spent the last three seasons in San Antonio, where he's averaged 21.6 points, 6.2 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game.
FREE AGENT DESTINATIONS: Kyle Lowry | DeMar DeRozan
The Lakers aren't projected to the cap space likely needed to sign Lowry or DeRozan in free agency, but they could pursue either of them in a sign-and-trade if there is mutual interest.
The players currently under contract for the Lakers next season are LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma and Marc Gasol. Montrezl Harrell has a player option in his contract for next season and Alfonzo McKinnie has a non-guarantee.
Dennis Schroder, Alex Caruso, Andre Drummond, Jared Dudley, Wesley Matthews, Ben McLemore and Markieff Morris are each set to be unrestricted free agents this offseason while Talen Horton-Tucker and Devontae Cacok will be restricted free agents.
The Lakers have limited draft picks, with the New Orleans Pelicans either owning or controlling some of their future first-round picks.
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