It isn’t the beginning of NBA free agency just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t come up with hypothetical landing spots for some of the notable free agents, right?
Once NBA free agency gets underway in early August, one player that is going to be extremely busy is Kyle Lowry. Lowry has spent the past nine seasons with the Toronto Raptors, but his time in Toronto seems to be coming to a close.
During his tenure with the Raptors, Lowry helped the franchise win their first NBA title back in 2019. Lowry has embodied what it means to play for Toronto, giving his all in each and every game he suited up in.
However, Lowry was close to being traded during this year’s NBA trade deadline, which goes to show the likeliness of him leaving in free agency this summer.
Last season, Kyle Lowry posted averages of 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists for the Toronto Raptors. He did end up appearing in just 46 of the team’s 72 regular season appearances in what was a truly underwhelming season, from a team perspective.
With a handful of teams likely courting Kyle Lowry this offseason, I have ranked the best landing spots for Lowry in NBA free agency, from last to first.
The Dallas Mavericks may no longer have Rick Carlisle at head coach and Donnie Nelson in the front office. And they may have hired Jason Kidd to replace Carlisle, who hasn’t had much success in the NBA as a head coach.
At the least, the Mavericks have Luka Doncic, a player that could convince certain stars to team up with him in NBA free agency or via trade. Whether it would be enough to land a superstar or not in the coming years remains to be seen. However, solid veterans should find them appealing.
Amid the moves that Dallas could make this offseason, it seems inevitable that Kristaps Porzingis won’t be with the franchise next season. Another move that the Mavericks need to make is finding Doncic a true point guard that can ease his workload on offense at times.
Kyle Lowry is a capable spot-up shooter and he can create for others, so he isn’t a point guard that would need the ball too much to be effective. He also plays stifling defense, which would be welcomed by the Mavericks.
With Lowry likely looking for a win-now roster, it remains to be seen if the Mavericks are ready to make a run at a title just yet.
Los Angeles Clippers
Speaking of title contenders, the Los Angeles Clippers are going to be searching for a point guard this offseason. Do they bring back Reggie Jackson? Or do they elect to target other guys on the open market?
Regardless of what their plan is, they don’t have much money to spend, which could lead to them attempting to conduct a sign-and-trade for one of the bigger-name point guards.
For the Clippers, Kyle Lowry would likely be fond of the idea of reuniting with Kawhi Leonard. Both Lowry and Leonard were on the Raptors when Toronto was able to dethrone the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.