The Rockets will pursue Kyle Lowry in free agency if they fail in their quest to sign a superstar this summer, sources tell Sam Amick of USA Today. While the point guard has been rumored as a potential addition for the Heat alongside LeBron James, Amick suggests that Lowry is likely to be rewarded by a team that misses out on James and is still looking to sign an elite player. The USA Today scribe says that the Rockets’ cap-clearing plans to trade Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin would be pursued in order to secure Lowry, as well as the bigger names on Houston’s radar.
Amick includes the Lakers as a potential landing spot for Lowry, which echoes earlier reports of LA’s interest in the point guard. The Rockets traded Lowry to the Raptors for the 2012/13 season, but tried to reacquire him before the most recent trade deadline. The Raptors were close to sending Lowry to the Knicks, but ultimately retained him and enjoyed a playoff run due largely to his performance.
The ASM Sports client had a career year this season and is expected to net salaries upwards of $10MM per year on any new deal. While Lowry has earned a big payday, he has expressed a fondness for Toronto while surveying his options.