Rumor: Lowry & DeRozan To Reunite on Lakers


Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan spent 6 years together in Toronto, and became best of friends. Now, according to sources, they could be reuniting once again, on the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Lowry has been tied to the Lakers since the trade deadline, when LA reportedly turned down a trade with the Toronto Raptors. DeRozan is a Compton and USC star, who would love to come home. Both are free agents, and could make this happen, but it would take a little sign-and-trade wizardry. 

According to the Los Angeles Times, DeRozan would give the Lakers a "hometown discount", and take less than the $27.7 million/year that he'd been earning on his previous contract. 

The same report says sources have indicated that Lowry is indeed interested in joining forces with him in L.A. 

The Lakers, though, don't have the cap room to make Lowry an offer in his desired price range—thought to be around $25 million/year—so they would have to arrange a sign-and-trade with the Raptors that could involve the likes of Kyle Kuzma, and even another sign-and-trade candidate, Dennis Schroder. 

Lowry's 'bff' DeRozan was traded by the Raptors for Kawhi Leonard in 2018, initially causing a temporary rift between Lowry and Toronto team president Masai Ujiri. But the Raptors' NBA Championship in 2019 (not surprisingly) smoothed things over. 

A reunion for Lowry and DeRozan would be a storybook ending made—literally—in Hollywood. 

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