The Miami Heat have acquired 6 time all-star guard Kyle Lowry from Toronto Raptors. Sign and Trade pieces are unnamed but the deal is in place. There’s speculation that Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa have been mentioned.
Lowry, who averaged 17.2 points and 7.3 assists per game in his age 34 season, fills a void for the Heat, who were looking for a true facilitating point guard to help unlock their offensive potential.
In addition, they believe that acquiring Lowry could have a profound effect on Center Bam Adebayo.
Adebayo has looked like a better player in this year’s Olympics, partially coming from having an elite point guard.
With the Heat trading for Kyle Lowry, the young big-man should have the distributor he needs to take the next step.
Aside from Adebayo, the Heat believe acquiring Lowry could help them take the leap they need to win a championship.
Despite Miami’s disappointing loss to the Bucks in the playoffs, Miami believes that their title window is still open.
Their moves in this free agency period should reflect that mindset.
For instance, the Heat have shown interest in adding veteran forward DeMar DeRozan, along with several other veterans.
A former teammate of Lowry, DeRozan would fill Miami’s need of an isolation scorer. He shot an efficient 49.5 percent from the field last season and is among the league’s best mid range shooters.
They are also looking to hold onto their priority free agents and young pieces in Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro.
Regardless, the Heat have shown that they are in win now mode. Lowry should improve this team, which made the NBA finals less than 10 months ago in the Orlando Bubble.
Jimmy Butler has also signed his Max extension per Shams Charania
It will be interesting to see what the Heat do next, but we know that Pat Riley and the front office always have something brewing.
We at Around The Block will be sure to keep you updated through this action packed free agency cycle.
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