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Heat pursuing deal for Kyle Lowry

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Miami is also a leading candidate to sign LaMarcus Aldridge if he agrees to a buyout.

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Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer reported Sunday that the Miami Heat are “pursuing a deal for Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry harder than anyone.” He added that if Lowry gets dealt, his preferred destination would be to Miami due to his friendship with Jimmy Butler.

Mutual interest is great. But O’Connor said that the Raptors would require at least Tyler Herro or Duncan Robinson in a potential deal. But because Lowry is earning $30 million this season, Miami would have to include Goran Dragic ($18 million) or Kelly Olynyk ($12.6 million) in the trade, he said. O’Connor did not mention the potential of the Heat including Andre Iguodala, who is earning $15 million, in the trade. For what it’s worth, I still don’t envision the Heat trading Dragic.

Between Herro and Robinson, Herro is the more valuable trade chip because he’s younger and still on his rookie contract. Robinson, by contrast, will be a restricted free agent — so any team that trades for him will do so with the intention of paying him this off-season. By the way, have the trade rumors gotten to Herro and Robinson?

O’Connor also reported that the Heat are one of the favorites to sign LaMarcus Aldridge if the San Antonio Spurs agree to a buyout with Aldridge. If the Heat include Olynyk in the Lowry trade, finding another big man becomes even more of a necessity.