NBA Rumors: Former Raptors’ Dynamic Duo DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry Interested To Join Lakers in Upcoming Off-Season

Published 07/23/2021, 12:34 PM EDT


The Lakers might have been one of the favorites during the start of the 2020-21 season but it is safe to say their season didn’t pan out the way they wanted. With injuries and a questionable roster construction, the Purple & Gold struggled in the post-season and crashed out in the very first round.

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Given how broken the team looked against the Suns, the Lakers surely have a lot of issues of address. Be it the vacant point guard spot or the lack of good perimeter players, the Purple and Gold are set for a busy off-season.

Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3), forward LeBron James (23) and coach Frank Vogel react in the second half during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Former Raptors Duo interested in a move to Lakers

Given how disappointing the supporting cast around LeBron James and Anthony Davis performed this season, change is imminent. While getting a big name star like Damian Lillard would do wonders, the Lakers do not have the assets to pull off a big trade.

The free agent market might be the way forward for the Purple and Gold. Given that they have the star power of LBJ and AD, the Lakers might be in for some good news ahead of the off-season. According to NBA insider Brad Turner, former Raptors’ duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are interested in joining the Lakers.

This is big news for Bron and Co as Lowry and DeRozan certainly cover some key issues for the Lakers. The 35-year-old Lowry is an incredible playmaker and also a fantastic shooter from the three point line.

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Averaging 17.2 points, 7.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds per game, Lowry is the perfect fit in the Lakers’ point guard role. DeRozan on the other hand will be a tricky addition though. The Spurs’ guard has transformed into a playmaker and has seen an uptick in assists. But the biggest cause of concern will be his woeful shooting.

The duo of Lowry and DeRozan certainly provide a different dynamic to the Lakers. Given the scoring they bring, the Purple & Gold will have a much needed increase in their offensive rating.

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But signing the two might be tricky. The Lakers’ have a whooping $102 million worth of salary allotted to four players. The Purple & Gold might have to trade some players in order to accommodate the Raptors’ duo. Can LeBron and Co. add DeRozan and Lowry this off-season?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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