Kyle Lowry will be one of the top free agents this summer.
The catch: He’s 35. His long-term value is limited.
There is rising buzz New Orleans plans to enter the race for free agent-to-be Kyle Lowry, league sources say.
There will be several Lowry suitors but it's clear why the Pels, desperate to help Zion Williamson reach the playoffs, would want in.
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New Orleans would have to make major moves to open enough cap space to sign Lowry outright – possible, but complicated.
The Pelicans could also acquire Lowry in a sign-and-trade. They could even send out restricted free agent Lonzo Ball in a double sign-and-trade. Ball wouldn’t even necessarily need to land in Toronto. But that type of arrangement is even-more complicated.
Lowry would likely come to New Orleans at a high cost – both his salary and the outgoing assets to either clear cap room or facilitate a sign-and-trade. To some degree, the Pelicans should focus on the prime of 21-year-old Williamson, who has many years more ahead of him than Lowry does.
But if Lowry helps New Orleans make the 2022 playoffs, that’d be gratifying. The Pelicans should be willing to pay some price for that. Maybe Lowry would lift New Orleans even higher than merely reaching the postseason. A team can’t catch the right breaks in the playoffs unless making the playoffs.