While we all know that Kyle Lowry ended up moving to the Miami Heat through a sign and trade with the Toronto Raptors, many other teams were vying for his services, and for good reason. Kyle Lowry is a 6-time All-Star and a proven veteran who has won a championship in Toronto. He is an amazing facilitator and shooter, and Lowry tends to do all the little things that help a team win. With his playstyle, Lowry would likely fit on any team, whether it be a veteran team trying to win a championship or a young team in need of leadership and guidance.
Kyle Lowry chose to contend with the Miami Heat, but it seems as though he had other solid choices on the table. According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the New Orleans Pelicans reportedly offered Lowry a 3 year $90 million deal during free agency, but he took less money to join the Miami Heat.
New Orleans was willing to go to $90 million over three years or more, according to a source, but Lowry never leaned toward going there, according to the source. Lowry took three years and $85 million from Miami.
It is easy to see why Kyle Lowry chose to join the Miami Heat: he got the opportunity to join a team that recently made the Finals, and play with great players like Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. While that is obviously a great choice, it is interesting to think about the potential of Kyle Lowry playing with and mentoring Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram.
It remains to be seen if the Miami Heat will be top-tier contenders next season, but it certainly looks as though it is a possibility. Hopefully the addition of Kyle Lowry has the desired effect and allows them to make it back to the Finals once again.