If Kawhi bolts Raptors, Lakers could pursue Lowry

Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has been mentioned as potential trade chip.

Depending on where Kawhi Leonard decides to hang his hat next season, the Los Angles Lakers could have eyes for one of his current Toronto Raptors teammates.

According to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News, if Leonard — an unrestricted free agent July 1 — decides one season was enough north of the border, the Lakers could pursue Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry.

Per Deveney:

“There’s also interest in point guard Kyle Lowry, who could be available if the Raptors lose Kawhi Leonard in free agency. Because of Lowry’s age (33) and contract ($33 million for next season), the Lakers could bring him in for a relatively limited outgoing package.”

With Leonard as he focal point of the Toronto attack this season, Lowry’s scoring average dropped from 16.2 to 14.2. However, his assists climbed from 6.9 to 8.7, while also averaging 4.8 boards and 1.4 steals.

The 24th overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies out of Villanova, Lowry averaged 31.3 minutes in 65 regular-season games, shooting 41.1 percent from the field, 34.7 percent from three and 83.0 percent from the free-throw line.

An All-Star in each of the last five seasons, Lowry has one season left on a three-year, $90 million pact signed July 7, 2017.

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