The NBA playoffs are set to begin tonight, but it is never too early to take a look at some of the marquee free agents this upcoming offseason. Point guard Kyle Lowry should garner a lot of attention from teams looking to grab a veteran that does whatever it takes to win.
Lowry has averaged 14.9 points, 6.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds over his 16-year career and has even won a NBA Championship with the Toronto Raptors. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely free agent destinations for Lowry.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
This one shouldn't come as a surprise given the Philadelphia 76ers were close to making a deal to acquire Lowry at the deadline earlier this season. Lowry fills a need for the 76ers as a seasoned ball handler that can score or pass when called upon. Starter Ben Simmons is an all-star caliber player, but he could benefit from not having to run the offense every time he is out on the court. Lowry grew up in Philadelphia and has the tenacity needed to play there. Don't be surprised if he joins Joel Embiid in the city of brotherly love. It will take some maneuvering of the salary cap, but the desire and fit are there.
2. Miami Heat
Another contending team that could look to bring in a point guard is the Miami Heat. The Heat have made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, but could use another veteran leader to take them to another level.
Miami has the financial flexibility to give Lowry the contract he is aiming for. The six-time all-star could give the team a boost on offense due to his ability to distribute the basketball (7.3 AST per game in 2020-21). All things considered, Lowry is reportedly very good friends with Heat star Jimmy Butler and the two could join up this summer.
3. Los Angeles Lakers
Anytime a notable veteran hits free agency, the Los Angeles Lakers become a viable option for them. Lowry has a great competitive spirit and likely wants to join a team he believes has a shot to win it all next season. The Lakers certainly fit that bill and Lowry would be a noticeable upgrade from current starting point guard Dennis Schroder. His style of play would fit in well with the Lakers' offensive scheme. Plus, adding Lowry to the mix with Anthony Davis and LeBron James would give the team a dangerous starting trio. Similar to Philly, a deal with the Lakers will take financial creativity. However, the Lakers' title window is wide open right now and Lowry knows that.
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