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Miami Heat Land Kyle Lowry in Sign and Trade

Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors walks with the ball during the Toronto Raptors vs Brooklyn Nets NBA regular season game at Scotiabank Arena on December 14, 2019, in Toronto, Canada (Raptors won 110:102) (Photo by Anatoliy Cherkasov/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Kyle Lowry has agreed to a sign and trade deal that will send the 36-year-old to the Miami Heat. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news during the early hours of Free Agency.

Miami Heat Land Kyle Lowry in Sign and Trade

The 3-year contract ties Lowry down through to the 2024-25 season where the veteran will turn 39-years of age. He will make approximately $90 million, according to Wojnarowski.

Over his illustrious 15-year NBA career, Lowry has played for the Memphis Grizzlies, Houston Rockets, and Toronto Raptors. After struggling early in his career, the six-time All-Star found a home in Toronto where he spent nine great seasons. He solidified himself as the greatest Raptor in history following their historic Championship run in 2019.

Despite Toronto’s disappointing 2020-21 campaign, Lowry had a solid season. In 46 appearances, he averaged 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists on 43.6 percent shooting, 39.6 percent from three, and 87.5 percent from the line. Lowry was a part of countless rumors all last season and appeared destined to be dealt with before the deadline. However, General Manager Masai Ujiri couldn’t find a deal that properly represented Lowry’s value, keeping hold of him until the offseason.

Miami Heat Push All the Chips In

For the Miami Heat, they receive a tremendous upgrade at the point guard position. The Heat lost a lot of games when franchise star Jimmy Butler sat, thus Lowry offers Miami a settling presence. Additionally, they can return Tyler Herro back to his more suited sixth man role as the focal point of the offense.

Lowry has expressed a strong interest in playing alongside Jimmy Butler in the past and finally joins him in South Beach. The two veterans form a formidable backcourt that who’s styles appear to complement each other while playing stifling defense.

While the Toronto Raptors and its fan base is sad to see Lowry go, it’s a tremendous win for Miami who are setting themselves up nicely for a deep playoff run.

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