Kyle Lowry to the Heat?
With the NBA trade deadline quickly approaching, names have been flying around in rumors. While Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards is at the top of the list, the most likely of the upper echelon players to be moved is Kyle Lowry.
There are questions as to whether or not the 15-year veteran guard wants to try to win an NBA title this year or remain with the Raptors this season and check all possibilities during free agency. In the long run, it’s up to the Raptors and what they want. Time is running short with only a few days remaining before the trade deadline.
The Raptors have to do what’s best for them. Surely, if they can accommodate Lowry’s desires and their own needs, that would be the ideal situation. After all, Lowry was instrumental in helping the Raptors win their first championship is franchise history. The best possibility could be with the Miami Heat.
Word has it that Kyle Lowry would like to be united with Jimmy Butler, and perhaps the Heat are in turn the biggest pursuers of Lowry. Of course, the trade would come at a price. Reportedly the Raptors would request the likes of Duncan Robinson, a sharpshooter averaging 13 points per game, or Tyler Herro, a 21-year-old guard averaging 15.3 points per game.
The Raptors are smart in looking to obtain Robinson in a trade for a couple of reasons. First, he becomes a free agent after this season and likely will look for a heftier contract than the Heat is comfortable with. Robinson is becoming a top-tier three-point specialist and is a player the Raptors would be willing to commit to long term.
Financially, a deal for Robinson would for since Kyle Lowry is making over $28 million more this season than Robinson
Several other players would fit the Raptors needs in exchange for Lowry, such as veteran Andre Iguodala, and Goran Dragic.
There clearly is a way to get a trade completed. Currently fifth in the Eastern Conference at 22-21, the Heat feel that they are a legitimate contender. After all, last season they advanced to the NBA Finals. The addition of Lowry would increase their odds, which are currently at 30/1, according to Vegas Insiders. With Jimmy Butler likely soon on the downside of a great career, the Heat need to take another shot quickly.
Lowry would help the Heat in a variety of areas. Offensively, he is averaging 18 points per game and knocking down nearly 40 percent from beyond the arc. He is tenacious defensively, averaging over a steal per game and is a master at drawing the charge. The Heat already have one of the top defenses in the NBA with the likes of Butler, Iquodala, and Trevor Airza. Adding Lowry to the mix would make it difficult for opponents to score, particularly down the stretch in tight games.
Time is running out, but if Lowry does get traded, the Heat at likely the one’s to pull the trigger on the deal.