Miami Heat

Group of NBA scouts, executives vote Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat as best move of the offseason

It didn't take the Miami Heat long to make a splash this offseason.

On the opening day of free agency, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news that six-time All-Star Kyle Lowry had agreed to a three-year deal with the Miami Heat. It turned out to be a sign-and-trade, with the Heat receiving Lowry from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa.

How big of an acquisition is it? Lowry joining the Heat was voted as the best move of the offseason by a panel of 10 NBA scouts and executives that was conducted by ESPN's Tim Bontemps.

"I don't love the money, but I just love the fit," a Western Conference executive told Bontemps. "He fits the Heat culture, and I just think he's the piece they were missing - plus they kept him away from everyone else who wanted him."

"[Lowry is] a proven playoff performer," an Eastern Conference scout said. "He has a winning mentality, toughness, will fit like a glove."

Following a run to the NBA Finals in 2020, the Heat finished the 2020-21 season with a 40-32 record, earning them the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference. They faced the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs and lost in four games.

I had Lowry as the third-best player in this year's free agent class, trailing only Kawhi Leonard and Chris Paul. He'll join forces with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in Miami, as well as Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, P.J. Tucker and Markieff Morris, to form one of the most talented teams in the Eastern Conference.

MORE: Lowry can get the Heat back to their championship-contending ways

The Orlando Magic selecting Jalen Suggs with the No. 5 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft received the second-most votes (3) in ESPN's poll for best offseason move, while the Washington Wizards trading Russell Westbrook, the Chicago Bulls' offseason and Patty Mills to the Brooklyn Nets finished in third place with one vote each.

The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA or its clubs.

More from NBA.com

Svi Mykhailiuk is reportedly joining the Raptors on a two-year deal
Mykhailiuk can fill a need for the Raptors
Scott Rafferty
Ben Simmons brings the ball up the court for the Philadelphia 76ers
What Ben Simmons would bring to a team
Scott Rafferty
Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers
The latest on Ben Simmons
Scott Rafferty
Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers
Report: Simmons will not report to training camp
NBA.com Staff
Josh Primo, San Antonio Spurs
Canada's Josh Primo is ready to work in San Antonio
Gilbert McGregor
Sharpshooter JJ Redick has announced his retirement from the NBA
Redick announces retirement from NBA
Scott Rafferty
More News