Following the Dragic decision, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said (via Twitter) that this move was seen as a possible precursor to a signing and swapping deal that would send Lowry out of the Guys in the heat, while Marc Stein (Lien Twitter) called Miami a “favorite” to land the 35-year-old playmaker.
Anthony Chiang du Miami Herald (Lien Twitter) also hears that the Heat are considered favorites of Lowry and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald tweets that there is “growing optimism”, an agreement will be reached.
Meanwhile, Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun Sentinel (Lien Twitter) describes a fairly specific scenario in which Dragic and Precious Achiuwa would be exiting coins in a signature and trade for Lowry, who would receive a three-year contract starting at around $ 26 million. Dragic would then be bought by the Raptors, adds Winderman. Technically, free agent signing and trading talks are only allowed by the rule on Monday night, but Winderman’s tweet appears to be more than just speculation.
Still, while the momentum seems to be in Miami’s favor at the moment, we’re still 24 hours from free agency and the Lowry draw is certainly not over yet. As Wojnarowski notes (via Twitter), the Raptors should be happy with the picks and / or young players they get for Lowry to agree to a signing and trade deal, as they could open up a large chunk of the margin by just letting him walk.
the pelicans, Mavericks, and Sixers all also remain on the hunt for the six-time All-Star, Chiang says. However, the Heat may be Lowry’s first choice for a handful of reasons, including his friendship with Jimmy Butler and his respect for the organization, by Jackson.