Free agency in the NBA seems to follow a similar pattern every year. Teams identify their target players, and if they can't sign them, they move on to the next best option. This year, it appears Kyle Lowry will be the player to start this domino effect among free agents.
"Lowry's decision will send off a cavalcade of other moves that come behind it, specifically with the point guards." ESPN Insider Brian Windhorst
The Miami Heat have positioned themselves to become front-runners for Lowry's services. The Heat offers the point guard a chance to play with his good friend, Jimmy Butler. Additionally, the Heat will allow Lowry to contend for his second championship. Reports say that Miami will offer Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa in a sign-and-trade package. Rival executives are catching wind of Lowry's decision. They will have to assess and adjust their plans accordingly.
Mavericks, Pelicans, Bulls search for point guard
Both the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans have cleared up cap space in hopes of signing Lowry. With Lowry off the table, the Mavericks may have to settle for Goran Dragic as a contingency plan. While missing out on Lowry might hurt, Dragic is still a solid addition. He has familiarity with Luka Doncic from their time with the Slovenian National team. Meanwhile, the Pelicans have their eyes on Spencer Dinwiddie as their plan B.
If Dinwiddie does end up in New Orleans, this could further signify Lonzo Ball's departure. Lonzo Ball has been linked to the Chicago Bulls. Reports say that Chicago plans to offer Ball a four-year/ $80 million deal at the start of free agency. However, if Dinwiddie finds his way to Washington, the Pelicans may hold onto Lonzo. In turn, this would leave Chicago without a point guard. Again, it all ties back to Lowry dropping the first domino.
It's worth noting that both Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul are expected to remain with their current squads. Otherwise, teams would likely be pursuing them over Lowry. Free agency officially begins tonight at 6:00 PM.