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Jan 19, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) carries the ball past Los Angeles Lakers guard Jodie Meeks (20) during the first half at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers eyeing Kyle Lowry

The 2013-2014 season was a disaster for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers lost Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in free agency and were without their future Hall-of-Fame back court, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash for a majority of the season. That’s why the Lakers will be looking for an upgrade (or several) in free agency and Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry could be on their radar.

Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders believes Lowry could be a very nice fit for the Lakers.

Kyle Lowry may be coming off the dreaded “career season in a contract year,” but that shouldn’t necessarily prevent this front office from exploring the possibility of signing the 28-year-old point guard. Lowry averaged 17.9 PPG and 7.4 APG in a career-high 36.2 minutes per game all while providing some noteworthy leadership for a surprising three-seeded Toronto Raptors team this season. Lowry’s defense has slipped a bit since he came into the league known as a tenacious defender, but he is isn’t the worst at the position. Admittedly, the thought of a defensive backcourt with a 6-footer and an 18-year-vet attempting to return from multiple catastrophic injuries could be a legitimate reason to dissuade Kupchak and Jim Buss from being in love with the idea of Lowry even if he has developed into an above-average offensive point guard.

Obviously, a Steve Nash-Lowry pairing isn’t ideal, but with Nash’s recent injuries, they could really limit his minutes and make sure he stays healthy throughout the season while making Lowry and another future Hall-of-Famer, Kobe Bryant, their primary back court tandem.

Lowry averaged 17.9 points, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Raptors last season.


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