The Oklahoma City Thunder are expected to chase top free agents next summer in the hope of recovering from Kevin Durant’s departure. They have several possible targets next offseason. Surprisingly, Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry is one of them.
According to Tony Heim of Thunderous Intentions, the Thunder could make a run at Lowry if he becomes a free agent after the 2016-17 NBA season. The 30-year-old playmaker holds a player option for next season. If he opts out, he will be free to sign elsewhere.
Lowry will bring a lot to table for any team. He is an All-Star who averaged 21.2 points on top of 6.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game last season. However, the question is, can he co-exist with Russell Westbrook?
Lowry and Westbrook both need the ball in their hands to do their things. However, the report pointed out that the pairing could work if Westbrook will express willingness to play as a shooting guard. This will give the Thunder a daunting one-two combo.
“Lowry is an absolute bulldog; pairing him with Westbrook would be a nightmare for opponents,” Thunderous Intentions noted. “Neither guy takes a play off, so the two would feed off each other even better than Lowry and DeMar DeRozan do now.”
Lowry will not have any problem transitioning to the Thunder, as he is known for being a good team player. In fact, he was praised by coaches during his recent stint with USA Basketball team in the 2016 Rio Olympics. He played alongside fellow superstars but managed to make his mark with his leadership.
“He just really bought in and was a great leader and gave everything he had every time he went out there,” USA Basketball assistant coach Jim Boeheim said via Philly.com. “That was important for our team.”
It remains to be seen, though, whether or not Thunder general Sam Presti would be willing to break the bank for a 30-year-old point guard. Presti is known for his conservative approach when dealing with players’ contracts.