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NBA Free Agency: Kyle Lowry Deal Hurts Heat

By Erik Lambert

Apr 30, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) reacts after a long shot against the Brooklyn Nets in game five of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre. Toronto defeated Brooklyn 115-113. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

In stark contrast from 2010, when the Miami Heat could do no wrong, suddenly Kyle Lowry may have killed their master NBA free agency plan.

Lowry joins Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in not cooperating with Heat

During the draft it seemed like everything was going smoothly for the Miami Heat.  They had just landed talented point guard Shabazz Napier, a national champion and personal favorite of all-world star LeBron James.  Soon word began to filter in that they also had eyes for point guard Kyle Lowry, who had spent 2013-2014 turning the Toronto Raptors into playoff contenders.  Whispers of a trade soon followed almost to the point that it was “imminent.”  It seemed inevitable since the Heat never miss on players they want, right?

Apparently Lowry didn’t get that memo.  News soon broke that the 28-year old had spurned the former champs in favor of a four-year, $48 million deal to stay in Toronto.  For the Heat it’s a tremendous blow to their plans.  If that weren’t bad enough, things don’t seem to be going smoothly in negotiations with the Big Three either, particularly Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.  After initial rumors suggested the two would take pay cuts in order to stay in Miami, sources have since killed that idea.  Bosh apparently is seeking somewhere between $80 million and $90 million while the older Wade hopes for $55-$60 million.

LeBron James max contract makes Heat plan difficult

If that weren’t tough enough for Miami to handle, the idea that LeBron James wants a max level contract  makes their plan for enticing another big free agent to South Beach less likely.  All the ideas that flew out about Carmelo Anthony joining the Big Three were impractical from the start of NBA free agency.  That doesn’t mean Melo won’t join forces with James somewhere else.  What it means is the Heat are now completely at the mercy of James and his NBA free agency plans, which to date are a complete mystery.  One thing is for sure.  The loss of Kyle Lowry in the equation greatly hurts their chances of luring the King back to his throne.