We could be watching Kyle Lowry’s final games as a Raptor. On a fascinating potential wrinkle of this year’s trade deadline: https://t.co/gY7rGVwtuw— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) February 8, 2021
The Heat and Raptors have both gotten off to disappointing starts, but could a significant trade — Lowry is making $30 million this season — benefit both teams?
Fischer says that Miami could trade Goran Dragic, who essentially has a no-trade clause because he signed a two-year deal with a team option for 2021-22. He would need to sign off on any trade the Heat include him in. But even after Miami’s uneven start, it seems unlikely that the Heat would trade Dragic. Jimmy Butler joked that physical violence would come Dragic’s way if he didn’t re-sign with the Heat last November.
More Goran Dragic to AP: Jimmy Butler called him last week and (half-seriously, we think) suggested physical violence could be coming his way if he didn't return to Miami. "Jimmy's a tough guy. ... I didn't want him chasing my ass," Dragic said.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) November 20, 2020
Miami also put up billboards in Slovenian saying, “Your other family is always with you” just before free agency negotiations started. The Heat may have to send another player or two to make the salaries match, like the Canadian Kelly Olynyk.
Message on poster translated from Slovenian to English: Your other family is always with you.— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) November 20, 2020
Free agent negotiations begin tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Heat wants Dragic back. https://t.co/mEMzh7bcGe
Fischer also said the Heat may have to trade Duncan Robinson or Tyler Herro to make the deal worthwhile for Toronto. Going into last season, I thought a trade for Kyle Lowry would’ve come at the cost of Justise Winslow. We were unsure whether Winslow and Jimmy Butler would fit together offensively, and Winslow was still a nice asset who had an encouraging 2018-19 season playing point guard.
But Winslow had an injury-plagued year, lowering his trade value. Miami ended up dealing him in the trade for Jae Crowder and Andre Iguodala. Would the Heat be comfortable trading Robinson or Herro?
Back in December, Robinson was considered a “major sticking point” in James Harden trade talks. Herro was deemed “not off the table.” That may have reflected Houston’s view of Herro as the more attractive option — 20-year-old Herro is still on a cost-controlled rookie contract, while the 26-year-old Robinson will be in for a big payday this summer.
I still view a trade for Victor Oladipo and P.J. Tucker as the best trade for Miami now. I’d be more willing to surrender Herro or Robinson for them than Lowry.