January 26, 2023

Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet on the Lakers’ radar

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In accordance to United states Today’s Jeff Zillgitt, the Los Angeles Lakers have been connected to Fred VanVleet of the Toronto Raptors and Kyle Lowry of the Miami Heat ahead of this season’s trade deadline.

“The Raptors are a sizzling matter,” Zillgitt wrote. “Will they blow it up? Make slight moves? Do absolutely nothing at all? It’s an additional attention-grabbing predicament mainly because the Raptors have gamers other groups want, which includes Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby, Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes, the 2021-22 Rookie of the 12 months. Including intrigue is the contract scenarios: Siakam and Anunoby can develop into free brokers in 2024, VanVleet a cost-free agent adhering to this period and Barnes is seeking for a significant elevate on a rookie extension.

“The 17-23 Raptors have money selections to make at some level. Keep this in intellect, as well: Beneath staff president Masai Ujiri and standard supervisor Bobby Webster, the Raptors are not known for big discounts at the trade deadline. VanVleet is truly worth watching, and with his title joined to a attainable Lakers deal, do not discounted a sly move for VanVleet by Orlando.

“The Warmth are notoriously tight-lipped about their ideas. But around the league, it’s thought the Warmth are eager to drop Kyle Lowry’s contract, which pays him $29.6 million in 2023-24. The Warmth, who achieved the Finals in 2020 and the convention finals very last time, are 21-20 and in eighth put. Lowry is an additional participant who has been joined to a possible offer with the Lakers, and Minnesota sending D’Angelo Russell to Miami for Lowry would net the Warmth an expiring agreement.”