Kyle Lowry Rumors: 'Rising Buzz' Pelicans Will Pursue PG in Free Agency

Adam WellsJuly 19, 2021

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The free-agent market for Kyle Lowry could be robust, with one Western Conference team reportedly throwing its hat in the ring. 

Per NBA reporter Marc Stein, there is "rising buzz" that the New Orleans Pelicans are going to make a play for the six-time All-Star. 

There have been indications already that the Pelicans don't appear keen on breaking the bank to retain Lonzo Ball as a restricted free agent. 

Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, New Orleans is "unlikely to match a significant offer sheet" for Ball. 

It's unclear how much would constitute a significant offer sheet, but The Athletic's John Hollinger suggested last week that Ball could end up getting an offer in the range of four years and $100 million. 

Ball is a limited offensive player, though he did have his best season on that end of the court in 2020-21. The 23-year-old averaged 14.6 points on 37.8 percent three-point shooting in 55 games. 

Durability has been an issue for Ball throughout his career. He's missed at least 17 games in three of the past four seasons. 

With Zion Williamson heading into his third season in 2021-22, the Pelicans would presumably like to see some positive progress. They have gone 61-83 over the past two seasons and haven't made the playoffs since 2017-18. 

Lowry could be the most sought-after player this offseason, assuming Chris Paul either opts in to the final year of his current deal or opts out with the intent to re-sign with the Phoenix Suns. 

Leading up to the trade deadline in March, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported (h/t RealGM.com) Lowry was connected to the Los Angeles Lakers, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat in talks with the Toronto Raptors. 

All three of those teams could presumably still have interest in Lowry this offseason. The Lakers and Sixers would likely have to work out a sign-and-trade with Toronto to make it work under the salary cap. 

Lowry averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 assists per game in 46 starts for the Raptors last season. He also shot 39.6 percent from behind the arc.   


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