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Assessing the stacked 2017 point guard free agency pool

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With Kyle Lowry telling The Vertical that he plans to decline the player offer in his current deal with the Toronto Raptors, the 2017 free agency class is going to be stacked with point guards.

After a big summer of change in 2016, the same can be expected after the upcoming NBA campaign. Here is a rundown of the biggest names that will be on the market.

FRANCHISE STAR

These guys have the ability to completely change the fortunes of an organisation, and there will be two available next summer, although Stephen Curry has insisted he wants to re-sign with the Golden State Warriors.

Having added Kevin Durant to their roster, it's no surprise the back-to-back MVP is keen to stay in the Bay Area and it would take something spectacular for him to depart the Oracle Arena.

Chris Paul, on the other hand, may be convinced to leave the Staples Center. After years of underachievement in the City of Angels, and never reaching the Western Conference Finals with the big three of himself, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, he could possibly be enticed to another contender.

Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Clippers

The majority of top-level organisations already have a strong point guard, but the option to acquire a player of Paul's ability does not come around every day.

BIG MONEY NAME

He may not change the fortunes of a franchise like Curry and Paul, but Lowry would certainly improve the majority of organisations in the league. One thing is for sure, the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets would certainly take him back in a heartbeat.

Following his summer of trimming weight in 2015, the two-time All-Star has never been in better shape and after leading the Raptors to their first Eastern Conference Finals appearance last season, he will command a max deal next summer.

STARTING CALIBRE

The Indiana Pacers have acquired a talent at the one spot in Jeff Teague this summer but the guard will be an unrestricted free agent. At 28, he's in his prime and will certainly be looking for a pay rise in the future. Playing alongside Paul George could be exactly what he needs going forward.

Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game One

The New York Knicks have a player on their hands fighting for his reputations in the league. Former MVP Derrick Rose is desperate to show people he is still an elite player and will be out to ensure he earns a big pay cheque once he hits free agency.

Dennis Schroder and Michael Carter-Williams are both unrestricted free agents who could see their wages bumped up with other franchises looking to test the resolve of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks respectively.

Atlanta Hawks Media Day

New Orleans Pelicans star Jrue Holiday will also have an interesting time of things as he makes a decision over whether to continue riding the coattails of Anthony Davis or leave NOLA for a new challenge.

ROLE PLAYERS

Substitute point guards have never been so important in the NBA and there are a few big names about to enter the market. Shaun Livingston has forged a niche for himself with the Golden State Warriors and they will be keen to keep him to compliment their star-studded roster. However, he could easily start with a rebuilding organisation. Deron Williams and Patty Mills fall into the same category.

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