May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) reacts after a call in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre. Brooklyn defeated Toronto 104-103. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Feared Losing Kyle Lowry to Miami Heat

The Miami Heat’s interest in Kyle Lowry was widely speculated and reported early this summer. The idea was that adding Lowry as the team’s fourth star would help keep LeBron James in South Beach.

It seems, however, that James’ prolonged decision prevented the Heat from signing Lowry.

According to Jared Zwerling of Bleacher Report, however, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey was worried the Heat would swoop in for Lowry.

But Lowry wasn’t done window shopping. Over the next day, Miller spoke with the Heat and Lakers, but there were more questions than answers. In the Heat’s case, what would happen with James? Also, the terms Miami discussed were in the same financial ballpark as Lowry’s current contract at the time.

Still, Casey was nervous.

“The team I was worried about was Miami because they’re probably the closest team to winning a championship again,” Casey said.

This is proof that James’ lack of a commitment to remaining in Miami certainly hurt the Heat from signing some big names this offseason.

Should James had been committed to re-signing in Miami, the team may have been able to convince Lowry to take less money to play with James and complete for a championship.

Or, if James would have at least made it clear that he wouldn’t re-sign, Miami may have been able to offer Lowry more money.

Yahoo Sports reported that Lowry’s new deal with the Raptors is worth $48 million over four years. The 28-year-old point guard averaged 17.9 points and 7.4 assists last season.

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