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Apr 25, 2014; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez (21) drives the ball during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets in game three of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers could pursue Greivis Vasquez

The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to try to make a splash in the offseason and one player who could be on their radar is Toronto Raptors’ point guard Kyle Lowry.

If a team like the Lakers can’t land Lowry, his backup,  Greivis Vasquez, could be an excellent option.

Although Vasquez badly wants to return to the Raptors, telling reporters he would be “heart broken” if he isn’t back with the team next season, he could be the odd man out if the Raptors re-sign Lowry.

Jabari Davis of Basketball Insiders thinks Vasquez could be a good fit with the Lakers.

Coincidentally, if Lowry’s market ends up being more than you’re comfortable with or the front office determines the match alongside Bryant isn’t the best, then Greivis Vasquez (his backup) is another player the Lakers should consider. At 6’6, Vasquez is bigger and stronger than you might realize. An average three-point shooter (34.5 percent for his career), the four-year vet can defend the bigger point guards and averaged 9.0 assists per game in his last full season as a starter for the Pelicans in 2012-13.

Vazquez is due to become a restricted free agent, meaning the Raptors would also be able to match whatever offer he received from another team. It would also make sense if the rumors are accurate about the Raptors’ interest in Canadian-born Tyler Ennis if he were to somehow find a way to fall to them at the 20th pick in the upcoming draft, which could make Vasquez expendable in Toronto’s eyes.

Vasquez averaged 9.7 points, 4.1 assists and 2.2 rebounds during the regular season and 10.1 points, 5.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game during the postseason.

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