The Miami Heat have a hole at starting point guard with Kendrick Nunn set to hit free agency. While the organization holds a 2021-’22 team option on Goran Dragic that must be decided by Sunday night, he’s more of a backup point guard.
Who are some options to fill that role, what would it take to get them in Miami, and how would they fit?
Kyle Lowry, guard, unrestricted free agent
Kyle Lowry is the obvious choice for the Miami Heat this offseason. Lowry is most likely leaving the Toronto Raptors after spending nine years with the organization.
Lowry averaged 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.3 assists while shooting 43.6% from the field in 34.8 minutes per game. The 35-year-old point guard would be a perfect fit in Miami and fix many needs on the team.
However, there will be other suitors for Lowry, such as the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans. Both organizations will be able to sign Lowry outright with cap space this summer.
The Pelicans could clear up to $36 million for Lowry and it wouldn’t matter if the Heat wanted him or not. They have backup options that need to be there because there’s a legitimate possibility he ends up in New Orleans.
Ultimately, it’s up to Lowry when it comes to his free agency. Miami is most likely in a better place to contend short-term than New Orleans and Dallas, but the organization doesn’t have as much money to offer and won’t significantly overpay.
If the Heat can figure out a way to land Lowry at a reasonable price, they should absolutely go for it. There has to be a line drawn eventually and that line most likely lies above $30 million per year.