The Miami Heat are heading into an important offseason. After putting together a disappointing 2020-21 NBA season, but their standards, they will look to shake things up in the summer to help get them back into the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference.
Miami has already been linked to some big-named All-Stars despite the offseason still being weeks away from already starting. They are one of the teams that are mentioned as a dark horse for LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard should he decide to change teams. New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Brandon Ingram has also been mentioned as a possible trade target.
Both players would be excellent additions to a Miami roster that could use an infusion of talent. However, where they could arguably use the biggest upgrade is at point guard.
Both Goran Dragic and Kendrick Nunn are free agents this summer, so the Heat could have a new starting and backup point guard by the time the 2021-22 season rolls around. One player that could fill that void is veteran, Kyle Lowry.
While answering a mailbag on the Miami Herald, Anthony Chiang mentioned that Lowry is atop the Heat’s free-agent list for guards.
“As to your question, Dinwiddie could be a free agent option for the Heat,” Chiang wrote. “But it appears that Kyle Lowry will be at the top of the Heat’s free-agent list when it comes to guards based on mutual interest, [Jimmy] Butler’s close relationship with Lowry, and Miami’s pursuit of Lowry at the March trade deadline.”
Lowry is a perfect fit for the style of play Miami is looking for. He is as tough as they come at the point guard position and his transition to the team would be seamless. Both parties sound interested and the Heat pursued him previously, so you know they will try their hand at acquiring him again.
His 3-point shooting and playmaking would also be a boon for an offense that sometimes got stagnant hoping Butler would bail them out. If Lowry does move on from the Toronto Raptors, expect the Heat to aggressively pursue adding him to their roster as a nice upgrade at the point guard position.