Lowry was one of the first free agents to sign up when the trading window opened on Monday night, but it took all week for the signing and trade details to be confirmed. Dragic and Achiuwa have always been seen as part of the deal, but there were rumors that Dragic would be transferred to a third team or that the Raptors would receive additional coins. In the end, it’s just a two-for-one trade.
Lowry’s new fully guaranteed contract with the Heat was originally estimated at $ 90 million over three years, but it will actually amount to $ 85 million, per Shams Charania of The Athletic (Lien Twitter). Miami should have included more salary in addition to Dragic and Achiuwa for correspondence purposes in order to account for that $ 90 million figure, notes The Athletic’s Blake Murphy (Lien Twitter).
The Heat, who has been looking for Lowry for at least the trade deadline in March, will unite the six-time All-Star with his close friend. Jimmy Butler, who agreed to sign another lucrative contract extension with Miami.
While a guaranteed investment of $ 85 million over three years is a risk for a player entering his 35-year-old season, Lowry has league experience and is a perfect fit for virtually any roster due to his ability to handle the ball, knock down outside shots and provide solid defense. He averaged 17.2 PPG, 7.3 APG and 5.3 RPG at 0.436 / 0.396 / 0.875 in 46 games (34.8 MPG) in his last season as a Raptor.
“Kyle Lowry is a great leader and an exceptional defender”, Heat chair Pat Riley said in a statement. “As a point guard, he will bring important skills to lead the attack, score the ball and defend with the best. “
The Raptors, meanwhile, could still theoretically fire Dragic to another team in the days, weeks or months to come. However, Marc Stein reported earlier today that Toronto has “resisted outside interest” in the Slovenian guard of the Mavericks and other teams.
Barring further exchanges, Dragic will join the Raptors backcourt alongside Fred Van Vleet, Malachie Flynn, and Gary Trent Jr., while Achiuwa will fight for minutes in a frontcourt rotation that includes Khem Birch and Chris Boucher.