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RUMOR: Kyle Lowry trade to Heat comes with steep asking price

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The name of Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has been floating around a lot ahead of the trade deadline. The one-time NBA champion’s two suitors are reportedly the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Heat have been reportedly aggressive in their pursuit for Lowry, but the Raptors want to make sure they get enough assets back in exchange for the veteran. 

According to Michael Grange of  Rogers Sportsnet, the Raptors want sophomore Tyler Herro, who is in the second year of his rookie deal. 

There’s no question that Kyle Lowry will significantly improve the title chances of the Heat, who have been having an up-and-down season thus far. The defending Eastern Conference champions lack offensive power, which is why adding a veteran like Lowry makes a lot sense. Pairing the six-time All-Star with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo seems like a really good fit—both on the offense and defensive end.

Lowry will also reduce Butler’s playmaking, workload especially during crunch time.

Besides his playmaking skills, Lowry is a reliable off-ball shooter, which the Heat could really use right now. Lowry’s two-man game with Adebayo already looks legit good on paper, as well as his potential chemistry with Butler, who can play more off-ball if Lowry handles the rock. Lowry can also contribute his experience and leadership for the Heat. 

However, it has been known that the Heat will have a hard time giving up Herro. The 13th draft pick out of University of Kentucky is currently averaging 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. He was a key piece in Miami’s playoff run in the bubble and even had the game of his life in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Boston Celtics—where he put up an impressive 37 points and six rebounds. 

It will be interesting to see if the Heat are willing to give up 21-year-old Herro for 34-year-old Lowry this coming trade deadline.