To no surprise, a hefty market is reportedly developing for Toronto Raptors free agent guard Kyle Lowry, who will be pursued heavily when NBA Free Agency begins on Monday, Aug. 2 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
After early reports identified a group of contenders that were expected to be 'top suitors' for the six-time All-Star, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Miami Heat are putting themselves in a position to become the frontrunner to acquire Lowry once free agency discussions can formally begin.
ESPN Sources: Once discussions are permitted to begin with the opening of NBA free agency on Monday, the Miami Heat are positioning themselves to become frontrunners to land Toronto's Kyle Lowry in a sign-and-trade agreement: https://t.co/hkJnpaAmYH- Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 2, 2021
Within his report, Wojnarowski cited Miami's recent move to exercise Goran Dragic's $19.4 million team option for the 2021-22 season as a move that could facilitate a potential sign-and-trade given the Heat's cap situation and the type of salary figure Lowry could command.
In addition to Dragic, Wojnarowski listed Miami's 2020 first-round pick, Precious Achiuwa, as a player that could be included in a potential deal between the Heat and Raptors.
Lowry, 35, is coming off of a season in which he averaged 17.2 points, 7.3 assists and 5.4 rebounds over 46 games with the Raptors. The point guard is long reported to have a strong relationship with Heat forward Jimmy Butler, as the two won Olympic gold together at the 2016 games in Rio.
The Heat were seen as a potential destination for Lowry at the 2021 trade deadline, but talks fell through, resulting in Lowry finishing his season with the Raptors.
Dragic, who is just a few weeks younger than Lowry, is coming off of a season in which he averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds over 50 games with the Heat. After Miami's move to exercise the final year of his contract, the 13-year veteran will enter free agency following the 2021-22 season.
Achiuwa, the No. 20 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, will turn 22 ahead of the upcoming season and is listed at 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds, with a wingspan that is just over 7-foot-2. As a rookie, Achiuwa averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12.1 minutes per game and earned a spot to represent Nigeria for Team World on the 2021 Rising Stars roster.
Achiuwa also represented Nigeria at the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021.
Stick with NBA.com for more updates surrounding Lowry's situation as the beginning of free agency is set to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Aug. 2.
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