Technically, free agency will not start until August 2, but discussions with league managers and agents indicate that negotiations are already in progress. The offseason revolves around a long and challenging game of point guard musical chairs. League leaders and insiders say that these moves can be used for a counterattack in the free time of the NBA. Free agents, there are many of them, but there are also long-term superstars like Damian Lillard and Ben Simmons.
There are several teams looking for point guards, many of whom work with large markets; some have empty caps like the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and New Orleans Pelicans. Others do not, such as the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
After seeing the incredible impact of Chris Paul on the Phoenix Suns and similar performances in the Oklahoma City Thunder, before attempting to replicate this success, sources said they were looking for experienced guards to support young guards and inexperienced lineup.
So far, this conversation has been about Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley, and Paul himself, in case he terminates his contract with the Suns. According to sources, in order to reduce the burden on Luka Doncic, the Mavericks have shown interest in both Conley and Lowry, the latter has its own money options and championship contenders, possibly both.
The Philadelphia 76ers which have been studying trading opportunities with Simmons in the past few weeks are also expected to enter Lowry’s draw by signing and trading with the Raptors. The Raptors have expressed their willingness to do so in case they don’t retain him.
Some teams that can sign Lowry without an exchange include the Pelicans, Knicks, and Heat. All of these teams will like Lowry’s leadership skills, defense, and shooting skills.
New Orleans was particularly aggressive in Monday’s deal, which raised an additional $20 million in storage space, which would provide them with ammunition and make Lowry a high-priced offer. According to sources, Paul stated that he is ready to withdraw his $44 million deal next year, although taking this stance may provide a bargaining chip for the Suns under pressure.