The Miami Heat will be facing a lot of uncertainty this coming offseason as far as the big three are concerned, but they are already looking at ways to upgrade their roster from last season.
One name that has been mentioned this offseason so far is point guard Kyle Lowry, who spent last season with the Toronto Raptors. Miami is looking to upgrade their point guard position, and Lowry could be had if one of the Heat’s big three decides to leave town this offseason.
Lowry is not going to come cheap, and it would take some cap relief for the Heat to be able to sign him. They could always restructure the contracts of Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James to get enough money to sign him, but that would be a very difficult task.
He is currently expected by most league executives to re-sign with the Raptors this offseason, but he is more than willing to listen to other offers.
He played in and started 79 regular season games last season with the Raptors, averaging 17.9 points, 7.4 assists, and 4.7 rebounds per game. His field goal percentage was pretty solid at 42.3 percent overall and 38 percent from behind the 3-point arc.
There was no denying that he was the true leader of the Raptors, and he showed an ability to make his teammates better that he hadn’t shown before last year in his career.
So what would the addition of Lowry mean for the Heat? Quite simply, it would mean that one of the big three would leave and Lowry would replace them. James does look like he could stick around in Miami, but the future of all three superstars in Miami is certainly in question after the embarrassing series loss to the Spurs.
The Heat could potentially figure out a way to bring Lowry into the picture with the big three, and the move would be an even bigger one if they can keep the big three together.
If the Heat were able to sign Lowry to go along with James, Bosh, and Wade, they would have upgraded their starting lineup in a huge way. Lowry’s ability to score the basketball at a high level and facilitate to his teammates would be exactly what they need to fix some of the issues that they had this past season.
Adding Lowry would also make James happier and more likely to stay, but he would likely have to take a bit of a pay cut in order to make that happen.
Overall, it isn’t all that likely that Lowry will head to Miami this offseason. It’s a perfect fit for both player and team, but the financials simply aren’t there. If something crazy did happen and he landed with the Heat, he would elevate their chances to win a championship in a major way. That being said, if the big three decide to take a bit of a pay reduction to make it happen, this move could very well be a realistic one.
Evan Massey is a Staff Writer for HoopsHabit.com.