This past week Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry opted out of his contract for the 2017/18 NBA season. That leaves the veteran point to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and a lot of landing spots for the All-Star have emerged. Lowry and the Raptors have had a lot of success in the regular season ever since he joined the team in the 2012/13 season. The farthest the Raptors have gone since then is when they went to 6 games in the Eastern Conference Finals with the eventual champions Cleveland Cavaliers.
This Just In: Kyle Lowry has announced that he will opt out of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent in July. pic.twitter.com/Op5z3mzp0u
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Lowry has made it clear that he wants to win a ring and might wind up in the Western Conference next year.
Philadelphia 76ers –
The 76ers have been a very unlucky and complicated franchise the past few seasons. They just need that one player to get them to the promise land with young stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Embiid didn’t play a single game in his 1st two NBA seasons and the former third-overall pick looked to be a bust. Simmons also didn’t play a single game in his rookie season.
If Kyle Lowry signs with the 76ers, this could be their potential lineup. 👀 pic.twitter.com/kRizGeFNfV
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Lowry could be the changing point for this franchise. Lowry is a Philadelphia native, having attended high school at Cardinal Dougherty High School in Philadelphia and college at Villanova located in Radnor Township, a suburb northwest of Pennsylvania. The All-Star point guard could lead this 76ers team to a 5th or 6th seed if Simmons and Embiid are healthy for the majority of the season.
New Orleans Pelicans –
The Pelicans could have been an 8th seed this season after they made the trade for Demarcus Cousins at the All-Star break from the Sacramento Kings. The pairing of Anthony Davis and Cousins could very well be the best frontcourt in the entire league if given an entire season of playing together. Davis and Cousins could lead the Pelicans to the playoffs on their own, but it will be a long shot as the NBA nowadays is driven heavily by the point guard position.
Current Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is set to hit the open market this summer and could go to the Philadelphia 76ers where he spent the first four seasons of his career with or go to the New York Knicks where his brother Justin Holiday currently plays.
New Orleans have been linked to a reunion with former Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Paul spent the first six years of his career with the Pelicans. He has been playing the past six seasons with other frontcourt stars Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan.
Either Paul or Lowry would be an immediate help for the Pelicans trying to get past the superteam that is the Golden State Warriors.
San Antonio Spurs –
The Spurs have been the face of the NBA over the past 20 or so years. They have made the playoffs the past 32 of 36 seasons. Any player would want to play for a franchise that has had so much success over that time period and a future Hall of Fame head coach in Gregg Popovich who can make any player better when he’s under control.
The Spurs aren’t particularly desperate for a point guard as they have their starter in place for the next two seasons or so with Tony Parker. Having said that, Parker is turning 35 on May 17th. San Antonio have also been linked to Chris Paul. Lowry, 31, is a year younger than Paul, but the Spurs shouldn’t be worrying about age at this point. They are in win-now mode and need just a few more pieces to get past the Warriors.
What Tony Parker injury means for Spurs, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose – NY Daily News https://t.co/wjL76CbSS0
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