The New York Knicks have taken a few steps forward as a team this season. With substantial salary cap space to work with in NBA free agency, they will have no shortage of intriguing options.
According to Ian Begley of SNY.tv, the Knicks are looking at numerous point guards to pursue in the offseason. Kyle Lowry is among them and he’s expected to have multiple suitors when NBA free agency gets underway.
“Kyle Lowry is among the point guards on the Knicks’ radar for the 2021 offseason, SNY has learned,” wrote Begley.
“Lowry will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He will likely command multi-year offers from several teams, but his future in Toronto is unclear due to the uncertainty over the future direction of the franchise.”
The type of role the Knicks could provide Kyle Lowry would be a prominent one alongside Julius Randle and RJ Barrett. The main concern for New York would be the fact that Lowry is 35-years-old. If he were to desire a long-term deal, it simply wouldn’t make sense for the Knicks.
The Knicks will not need to sign an unfavorable deal in NBA free agency for the sake of adding a piece. There will be other options that better fit the timelines of Randle and Barrett. Basically, New York will not become a title contender overnight simply by signing Lowry, so why force it?
The Raptors need to answer some tough questions about their roster going forward. With Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet, and OG Anunoby signed to long-term extensions, Toronto needs to focus on the future. They will very likely have a top 10 selection in the 2021 NBA Draft to add to their core, too.
Engaging in a sign-and-trade scenario to gain value in return for Kyle Lowry is something the Toronto Raptors should strongly consider. He will have plenty of interest from teams who are over the salary cap, particularly contenders like the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat.