The face of Toronto Raptors basketball, Kyle Lowry, is going to be a free agent.
This means that NBA teams with a point guard need should be getting their phone calls ready.
Lowry has been such a key factor in the rise of the Raptors within the last decade.
He became a six time All-Star and NBA champion in his nine years with the franchise.
However, the Raptors might want to get younger, and even potentially go into full rebuild mode.
For the first time in eight years, the Raptors did not make the playoffs.
Lowry is 35 years old and might not want to be on a team without title aspirations.
"I want more championships."
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) May 18, 2021
The clock is ticking on his career and this could possibly be his last contract.
Lowry will be a hot commodity this summer.
He brings so much to a team on and off the court.
Teams will call for his services, but he there are certain ones that fit the best.
Here are three great landing spots for the former champion.
3. Miami Heat
The Miami Heat are linked to a ton of players each year, and with good reason.
They are a great organization that is run by true professionals.
Players love to be there and become immersed with the “Heat culture.”
Lowry brings hustle and heart, which would be the perfect fit for the Heat.
The Heat could have the cap space to sign Lowry; depending on his asking price.
They were once reported to be on the hunt for Lowry during the season.
A big week looms for the Miami Heat, who continue to strongly covet Kyle Lowry via trade and who league sources increasingly peg as the most likely landing spot for LaMarcus Aldridge — provided San Antonio can't find an Aldridge trade before Thursday's deadline and buys him out.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) March 22, 2021
There is a good chance they will be on the prowl for him once free agency begins.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
Lowry teaming up with his old foe LeBron James can be a reality.
There was a chance of it happening during the regular season.
— CBS Sports NBA (@CBSSportsNBA) March 24, 2021
However, the Lakers didn’t want to give up their young prospect, Talen Horton-Tucker.
They still have Dennis Schroder commanding the point, but he isn’t guaranteed to be on the roster next season.
Lowry can be the replacement for Schroder.
Lowry is obviously older and more mileage on the body, but he is a very reliable player in the playoffs.
The Lakers love to go after the bigger names that they can afford.
Lowry definitely fits that description.
There will be some interest between both sides this offseason.
1. Philadelphia 76ers
Could Lowry be making a return to his hometown?
Well, the likelihood of that has been high for awhile now.
The Sixers really wanted Lowry at the trade deadline, but a deal couldn’t get worked out.
The Sixers are planning to pursue a Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade this offseason, per Sam Amick, so I broke down the cap machinations that could make it possible.
It would be tricky, but there are (very costly) ways to fit him under the hard cap.https://t.co/5gYx8BUSXp
— Sam Quinn (@SamQuinnCBS) April 29, 2021
However, maybe the Sixers could acquire him via free agency.
They have money tied up, but a sign-and-trade can be facilitated.
Philadelphia has Seth Curry, but he can easily be moved to a backup guard.
Also, they have Tyrese Maxey, but Lowry is a proven champion and veteran.
If the Sixers do not make the Finals yet again, maybe Lowry is the missing piece for them to win a championship.
Lowry coming home would be a great way to end his career.