Apr 30, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) prepares to shoot a free throw against the Brooklyn Nets in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Brooklyn 115-113. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Kyle Lowry, Miami Heat Have Mutual Interest

Kyle Lowry, the Toronto Raptors point guard and unrestricted free agent, and the Miami Heat share “mutual interest,” according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

“The guy who has mutual interest with the Heat and who fits a position of need is Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors,” ESPN’s Brian Windhorst explained in a video interview.

Windhorst adds that it may be a long shot, and that guys like Rodney Stuckey, Marvin Williams and Trevor Ariza are more realistic options.

Lowry, who had a breakout season last year, could attract max offers from the Raptors and elsewhere. Miami would not be able a competitive contract unless LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade opt out of their contracts and re-sign for less money.

Lowry, 28, averaged 17.9 points, 7.4 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game last season.

When it comes to Miami signing a big name free agent, the talk has revolved around Carmelo Anthony. However, Lowry fits a much bigger need for the Heat. Miami benched both Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, opting for a lineup void of a true point guard.

LeBron was forced to manage the offense on many possessions late in the season. Lowry would give the Heat a point guard to bring the ball up the floor, allowing LeBron to do things off the ball and establish a post presence earlier in the possession.

Lowry fits what Miami is looking for. He doesn’t turn the ball over a lot, is athletic and good in transition. He shot 38 percent from three last season and can help space floor. Signing Lowry would likely mean letting Chalmers walk and continuing to bring Cole off the bench.This would be a home run for the Heat.

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