2. Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
After his impressive performance in this year’s NBA Playoffs, Lowry’s stock will be significantly high in free agency as an unrestricted free agent.
Back in February, ESPN’s Marc Stein released reports that the Knicks were exploring trade offers for Toronto’s star guard Lowry, but obviously a deal was never finalized. Since he has now emerged as a star in this league it will be expensive to sign and that may cause the Knicks to look elsewhere.
If his asking price is indeed too high, a sign-and-trade deal possibility will then come into play. If New York is willing to involve Tim Hardaway Jr. in a package to send for Lowry along with Tyson Chandler or Iman Shumpert a deal could then be considered by the Raptors.
Basically, it will come down to whether or not the Knicks are interested in signing him to a long-term deal for more money which is will be exactly what he will be looking for.
Of course to be eligible to do a sign-and-trade with any team, the Knicks would likely have to allow Carmelo Anthony to walk and move either Chandler, Andrea Bargnani or Amar’e Stoudemire first to get under the luxury tax threshold first, which seems unlikely, although not impossible.