Mar 31, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) shoots the ball over Miami Heat guard Toney Douglas (0) as forward LeBron James (6) looks on in the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Miami Heat Seeking Sign-and-Trade for Kyle Lowry


According to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, the Miami Heat are looking to acquire Kyle Lowry from the Toronto Raptors via a sign-and-trade involving cash and future picks.

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

The Heat are seeking an upgrade at the point guard position.

Mario Chalmers is a free agent and, after a disappointing playoff run, his time in South Beach might be up.

Miami traded for Shabazz Napier during Thursday’s draft, but if they see him more as a combo guard to come off the bench, the team still has a need at the point guard spot.

The move would likely help keep LeBron James, who opted out to become a free agent, in Miami.

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.

To sign Lowry, the Big Three would likely have to opt out and resign for less than the maximum contracts.

Also, the part about Bosh going back to Toronto is really stupid. So take Bucher’s report with a grain of salt.

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  • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

    Does Miami have a trade exception that would allow them to go over the cap by doing this? I’m just not sure what the motivation would be for any party other than Toronto to do this when Lowry is unrestricted? It made sense for LeBron and Bosh because it helped Miami clear out cap holds to fill out the roster.

    • Josh Melton

      The Heat’s motivation is simple keep LeBron at any means necessary…

      • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

        I was working under the premise that there was no advantage to trading for Lowry vs signing him outright. If the Heat have a trade exception as you have indicated then it makes more sense. Resign the Big 3 and as many role players as you can afford to get yourself near the cap line before making the trade. That way the exception is letting you get a few million extra dollars on the roster than you may have otherwise.

    • Josh Melton

      Yes, the Heat have trade exception

  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    If bosh does get traded to Toronto does this open up discs for melo

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Why would you want a small forward that can play power forward to pair with James when you could keep your power forward that can play center?

      I would MUCH rather see Miami find a real center and slide Bosh back to power forward.

      • MichaelNupe Thompson

        Um you notice I said if… these rumors are going around and I said IF bosh does get traded then what about melo. How many pfs are gonna be free agents that can replace bosh…. only Monroe and he’s probably tryna get paid a lot

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          Ah. I was missing what you were saying. The Lowry S&T rumors actually didn’t have Bosh involved in the trade but rather leaving as a free agent. I was confused why you would go after Anthony when you could have made a competitive offer to Bosh instead.

          But yeah. If Miami traded Bosh to upgrade another position, Anthony would be an obvious target.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Yes that’s all I was wondering. Dk what we would do without bosh. Specially since we don’t have a true big man… You hear that Riley was interested in Perkins…. I almost died when I saw that article….. I hope he doesn’t. Bosh is a better center than Perkins. And Perkins is still under contract as well.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            The Perkins thing is a guaranteed falsehood. They can’t afford to pay that salary for that player.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Agreed, hoping for gortat, hill, or hawes

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Can you imagine if they managed to get Lowry and Hawes? The starting lineup wouldn’t have a below average player on it while also having multiple all star level players along with an MVP candidate. Sub Allen in for Wade…

            Lowry, Allen, James, Bosh, Hawes. How do you begin to guard that?

          • Christian Humphrey

            no lowry, wade, james, bosh and hawes

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I specifically said when they sub Allen in for Wade. All five guys could hit the three. You can’t guard James without leaving one of them….

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            I didn’t realize how much Hawes gets paid. No way he and Lowry are both going to the Heat. That was an unrealistic projection.