RUMOR: Heat SG Jimmy Butler is about to get the bag alongside Kyle Lowry
Where will free-agent point guard Kyle Lowry play once the 2021-22 NBA season rolls out its red carpet? South Beach seems to be a tasty destination for the veteran, with Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat also expected to hit paydirt with a rumored extension deal in the works, per Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
All eyes remain trained on Kyle Lowry’s future as the NBA’s free-agency period readies to open at 6 p.m. ET on Monday. Word around the league, at this juncture, is clearly pointing toward the All-Star guard joining Jimmy Butler and the Miami Heat via a sign-and-trade with Toronto. The Heat are also expected to sign Butler to a lucrative contract extension, sources told B/R.
Perhaps in a move that indicates the Heat are preparing to accommodate the salary of Lowry and Butler in the long term, the Heat are also said to be planning to do a sign-and-trade maneuver to the Toronto Raptors that will also send Precious Achiuwa north of the border.
Dragic appears likely to head to Toronto in such an agreement, which sources around the league expect to include Precious Achiuwa. There is a belief among rival executives that both Dragic and Achiuwa could be rerouted elsewhere in subsequent trades.
Nothing is set in stone yet, but imagining a Heat backcourt that has the pair of Kyle Lowry and Jimmy Butler could make opposing guards sweat bullets at night. Lowry’s prime is behind him, but when healthy, he can still provide elite production, not to mention the championship experience he can bring. Butler, on the other hand, has a guaranteed contract until the end of the 2022-23 NBA season.