Lowry, 35, already has been linked to the Heat and 76ers, and more suitors will undoubtedly arise. He averaged averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 rebounds in 46 games this past season.
At the moment, the Pelicans don’t have the salary cap flexibility to land Lowry, but that could change. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, they aren’t expected to match “a significant offer” for Ball. That obviously would open up space.
Or as Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors wrote, “New Orleans also could create some flexibility by letting one or both of their restricted free agents — Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart — walk, or by trading Eric Bledsoe and/or Steven Adams to reduce team salary.”
Not surprisingly, agent Rich Paul hasn’t committed to Ball returning to the Pelicans.
“We’re open-minded to the landscape of the league,” Paul said in an interview with Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
There have also been reports that the Pelicans are indeed looking to move Bledsoe and Adams.
Either way, it seems as if Lowry will not be headed back to Toronto. The Pelicans may be a long shot, but there may not be a lack of interest.
The free agency period begins Aug. 2. You can check out our full list of 2021 free agents here.