MARCH 22: The Heat and Sixers are the leaders for Lowry if the Raptors move him, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic, who says that sources with knowledge of the point guard’s mindset thinks he wants to compete for a championship.
Meanwhile, teams have told ESPN’s Zach Lowe that the Raptors haven’t been aggressive in engaging in Lowry discussions yet, but that could change between now and Thursday’s deadline. Lowe expresses some skepticism that the Heat would part with Herro in a deal for Lowry.
MARCH 21: The Heat are one of several teams expressing interest in Raptors star Kyle Lowry ahead of the March 25 trade deadline, according to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, who says Miami’s interest appears to be the strongest among Lowry’s potential suitors.
The Clippers and Sixers also retain an interest in Lowry, who’s set to become an unrestricted free agent at season’s end. Miami is Lowry’s preferred destination should he be moved ahead of the deadline, league sources tell O’Connor, noting the close relationship between him and Jimmy Butler.
On the season, Lowry has averaged 17.6 points, 5.6 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game, shooting 44% from the field and 39% from deep in 34 contests. He was a focal point of the Raptors’ 2019 NBA championship team and is in his ninth season with the franchise.
Miami is also said to be the favorites to sign LaMarcus Aldridge if he receives a buyout from the Spurs, O’Connor adds. Additionally, the Heat have a $7.5MM trade exception generated in the 2020 deal featuring Jae Crowder that will officially expire at the end of Monday.