The Lakers will be atop the list of teams making a play for soon-to-be free agent Kyle Lowry this summer, according to TNT’s David Aldridge, who writes in his Morning Tip for NBA.com. Lowry figures to be the strongest point guard among this year’s class of unrestricted free agents, though the Andy Miller client has indicated a strong preference for staying in Toronto.
Kendall Marshall was more than capable as a midseason replacement at point for the Lakers this past season, and while the former lottery pick remains on a non-guaranteed contract for next season, it appears as though the Lakers are at least considering an upgrade. A report in February indicated that the Lakers weren’t too high on him, and while thinking certainly can change over the course of several months, it’s unclear just how much GM Mitch Kupchak and company are willing to shell out as they keep an eye toward the summer of 2015.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports suggested in April that Lowry is in line for $11MM annual salaries, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up with more than that. The Heat and Lowry appear to have some level of mutual interest in a deal, so the competition figures to be stiff.