• The Pelicans have room to spare and may go after Kyle Lowry this summer
  • Lowry may prefer to join a championship-caliber team
  • Other NBA teams are in the chase for Lowry's services

The New Orleans Pelicans know that they need to tweak their roster and find a player who can help out the team.

With Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram needing a veteran who can also orchestrate plays, the name of Kyle Lowry has entered the picture.

Lowry is one of the many interesting NBA cagers who will be hotly pursued this summer.

However, those suitors may diminish especially if they don’t have the necessary cap space.

This will not be a problem for New Orleans, especially after the recent trade they closed.

The Pelicans acquired Jonas Valanciunas and sent Eric Bledsoe and Steven Adams along with their 10th and 40th overall picks for the 2021 draft.

The Pelicans also dealt a 2022 first-round pick (top-10 protected, via the Los Angeles Lakers) as part of the deal with the Memphis Grizzlies.

It was a good deal for the Pelicans, who added a starting center to combine with Ingram and Williamson.

But all that is useless unless there is a reliable playmaker who can help them perform well.

Lonzo Ball is technically still around, but there is chatter he may leave New Orleans. Josh Hart is also another although he has also been gaining interest.

If Ball leaves and Hart stays, the Pelicans would be left with $25 million in cap space according to NBA Insider Bobby Marks.

However, the fact that Lowry is already at an age where he may be winding his career could hint that he would prefer joining a team with better chances at a title.

Although Williamson, Ingram and Valanciunas look promising, there is no guarantee that they can compete with powerhouse teams in the Western Conference like the Los Angeles Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Kyle Lowry toronto raptors
Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, Jan. 23, 2019. Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The word going around is that Lowry is strongly pursued by the Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks and New York Knicks.

The Raptors remain in play, so the sudden insertion of the Pelicans may be a bit suspicious.