The New Orleans Pelicans have a big decision to make about what to do at point guard, which happens to be the deepest position in this year’s free agent class.
Kyle Lowry, Mike Conley and Chris Paul are the top three lead guards who will hit the open market. The belief throughout the NBA is among those three, only Lowry is likely to change teams.
If Paul indeed sticks with the Phoenix Suns and Conley re-signs with the Utah Jazz, the Pelicans would seemingly have four different paths to pursue:
- Offer Lowry, for whom there will be intense competition, a lucrative multi-year deal.
- Pursue a B-list point guard.
- Bring back Lonzo Ball, who is a restricted free agent.
- Promote Kira Lewis Jr. or Nickeil Alexander-Walker to starting point guard and use cap space to acquire help on the wings.
Last week, the New Orleans Pelicans generated significant cap space by dumping Eric Bledsoe’s and Steven Adams’ contracts to the Memphis Grizzlies. Their interest in Lowry, a 35-year-old, six-time All-Star, has been widely reported on. On Sunday, NBA insider Marc Stein reported the Miami Heat are the “favorite” to land Lowry.
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