RUMOR: Mavs’ new Kyle Lowry plan after Heat get massive advantage
The Dallas Mavericks initially intend to pursue Kyle Lowry in free agency, but they seem to be having some change of plans.
The Miami Heat have been rumored to be the front-runners in signing Lowry in free agency, which is why the Mavs are reportedly shifting their focus on their other targets instead, per NBA insider Marc Stein.
As momentum builds toward Kyle Lowry landing with Miami when free agency officially opens Monday at 6 PM ET and its own hopes for striking a sign-and-trade deal with the Heat dimming, Dallas has shifted its focus from Lowry to other free-agent targets, league sources say
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 2, 2021
Kyle Lowry has a close relationship with Jimmy Butler, and the Heat were actually linked with the veteran guard during the trade deadline for the 2020-21 season. With that said, it’s not surprising to see Miami take the lead in the Lowry chase.
For the Mavs, though, it’s quite a huge blow to their free agency plans since they are really looking to sign a starting-caliber guard who can share the floor with Luka Doncic and ease the playmaking burden on him. Now, Dallas has to look elsewhere if they want to get the Slovenian star some legitimate help.
Mike Conley has been mentioned as a possible target for the Mavs as well but recent reports indicate he is leaning on returning to the Utah Jazz.
As for their other free agency and offseason plans, the priority now for the Mavs is to re-sign Tim Hardaway Jr. after he proved himself as a legitimate scorer and complementary player alongside Doncic. Other names linked to Dallas are Richaun Holmes and DeMar DeRozan, but it is unknown where they are in the team’s priority list.