After playing 9 seasons with the Toronto Raptors, Kyle Lowry agreed to a 3-year $85M deal with the Miami Heat via sign-and-trade with the Raptors.
According to an ESPN report by Tim Bontemps, Lowry to Miami Heat was voted as the best off-season move in a poll done by 10 individuals that included some scouts and executives.
The study concluded had the following results:
- Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat: 5 votes
- Jalen Suggs to the Orlando Magic: 2
- The Washington Wizards trading Russell Westbrook: 1
- The Chicago Bulls' offseason: 1
- Patty Mills to the Brooklyn Nets: 1
Lowry seems to be the perfect fit for the Heat roster, who needed a star point guard. The 35-year old is a career 14.9 PPG, 6.2 assists, and 1.3 SPG on a 42.4% shooting from the field and 36.8% from the 3-point line.
The former NBA champion has great playmaking skills and brings in a lot of experience on the roster. Lowry would be a perfect partner in crime for Duncan Robinson, forming a formidable backcourt.
The 6x All-Star is ready to embark on his new journey at the South Beach and said the following, via Miami Herald:
“I’m excited. I’m really excited,” Lowry said. “I’m not like a crazy fiery yelling type of guy, except on the court. But I’m really excited for the opportunity. I’m not going to talk about it too much. I just want to get out there and be able to do my job at a high level and try to take this organization back a level where it once was.”
Lowry touched upon his long-standing association with Heat forward Jimmy Butler.
“Me and Jimmy, we’ve been talking about this for a long time now,” Lowry said. “He kind of was continuing to chirp about it and talk to me about it. But as a true friend, it doesn’t matter what decision I made, he was going to support me. But he was really on me about coming to the Heat and kind of fulfilling some things that we talked about before and trying to possibly play together.”
Lowry led the poll results by a comfortable margin. However, former MVP Russell Westbrook receiving only 1 vote seemed surprising as Brodie is the most accomplished player on the list.