“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.
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.