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.
Source: Toronto looking to S&T Kyle Lowry to Miami for cash and future picks. Part II: Bosh opts out, returns to Toronto.
— Ric Bucher (@RicBucher) June 27, 2014
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.