NBA rumors: DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry want to play in LA

DeMar Derozan. (Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports)
DeMar Derozan. (Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports) /

Free agents DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are both interested in coming to Los Angeles to play for the Lakers, according to a report.

There are only a few high-level free agents on the NBA market this offseason, and the Lakers might have their pick of two of them.

Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry are both interested in coming to Los Angeles, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times.

Turner’s reporting claims DeRozan wants to come back home and he might even be willing to take a pay cut to do it. He played for USC in college and grew up playing in Compton.

Lowry was discussed as a potential trade option for the Lakers. There is still interest on his side, apparently.

DeMar DeRozen and Kyle Lowry want to play for the Lakers

The Lakers were struck by devastating injuries in 2021, no doubt getting in the way of more playoff success. With the Suns proving they can be a dangerous outfit, the Jazz also looking formidable and the Clippers likely to return Kawhi Leonard, the competition in the Western Conference will remain fierce.

Adding the likes of DeRozan and/or Lowry would ensure the Lakers are still the team to beat, when healthy.

However, it would also cost quite a bit to add that pair to the roster along with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Some serious trimming would have to take place, along with possible sign-and-trade scenarios.

DeRozan is a four-time All-Star. He averaged 20.1 points per game in his third season with the Spurs. He’s averaged more than 20 points in each of the last nine seasons.

Lowry has reached All-Star status six times during his time in Toronto. He averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 assists for the Reports in 2020-21.

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