Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet on the Lakers’ radar

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In line with USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, the Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry of the Miami Warmth forward of this season’s commerce deadline.

“The Raptors are a sizzling matter,” Zillgitt wrote. “Will they blow it up? Make minor strikes? Do nothing in any respect? It’s one other fascinating state of affairs as a result of the Raptors have gamers different groups need, together with Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes, the 2021-22 Rookie of the Yr. Including intrigue is the contract conditions: Siakam and Anunoby can turn out to be free brokers in 2024, VanVleet a free agent following this season and Barnes is on the lookout for a big increase on a rookie extension.

“The 17-23 Raptors have monetary choices to make in some unspecified time in the future. Maintain this in thoughts, too: Underneath crew president Masai Ujiri and common supervisor Bobby Webster, the Raptors will not be recognized for main offers on the commerce deadline. VanVleet is value watching, and together with his title linked to a attainable Lakers deal, don’t low cost a sly transfer for VanVleet by Orlando.

“The Warmth are notoriously tight-lipped about their plans. However across the league, it’s believed the Warmth are keen to shed Kyle Lowry’s contract, which pays him $29.6 million in 2023-24. The Warmth, who reached the Finals in 2020 and the convention finals final season, are 21-20 and in eighth place. Lowry is one other participant who has been linked to a possible cope with the Lakers, and Minnesota sending D’Angelo Russell to Miami for Lowry would internet the Warmth an expiring contract.”