NBA Free Agency: Kyle Lowry Shows Desire to Reunite With DeMar DeRozan at Miami Heat

Published 08/03/2021, 1:43 AM EDT


The Miami Heat have started to make their moves during this NBA free agency. They signed the veteran guard, Kyle Lowry, from the Toronto Raptors. He will now play alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. They will hope to repeat their 2020 success and make a good run in the playoffs.

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However, Kyle Lowry is trending for different reasons altogether. Everyone knows that DeMar DeRozan is now a free agent. He is Lowry’s closest friend in the NBA. Now that the Lakers deal may be off the charts for DeRozan, maybe the Heat could open their doors to him.

May 29, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) pressures Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton (22) during the second quarter of game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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Kyle Lowry wants to team up with DeRozan again

Kyle Lowry hinted that he still wants to play with his friend, DeMar DeRozan. He liked a tweet that said, “who wants to see the reunion” of himself and DeRozan.

Lowry and DeRozan played together in Toronto for 6 seasons. They grew close in their time in Canada. Unfortunately, DeRozan was shipped off to San Antonio in a trade package involving Kawhi Leonard. Now, they have another chance to play together for the Miami Heat.

DeRozan is still on top of his game. The 31-year-old had an All-Star caliber season averaging 21 points, 4 rebounds, and almost 7 assists for the Spurs. Now, as he has the hunger to add a title to his name, he dove into the free agent market.

Feb 27, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; San Antonio Spurs forward DeMar DeRozan (10) dribbles in against New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Bledsoe (5) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

With other teams stacking up talent, it would be clever for the Miami Heat to add in more firepower to their lineup. However, can they make it happen after a Lowry trade?

Is DeRozan to Miami Heat possible?

The Miami Heat have reportedly signed Kyle Lowry for his desired $90 million for 3 years. Hence, this leaves almost no room for a DeMar DeRozan trade. The best they can do is offer him a mid-level exception, which would be around $10 million a year. However, that is an enormous drop from $27 million.

May 22, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Miami Heat guard Jimmy Butler (22) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Donte DiVincenzo (0) reach for the loose ball during the fourth quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Fiserv Forum. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

But, DeRozan stated he is willing to take a huge pay cut to join a good team as his main priority is winning. Now, with the focus of winning on his mind, the Heat could secure a deal for him.

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Apr 18, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (top right) celebrates a winning shot over the Brooklyn Nets with teammates at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reauters

However, another catch that may be involved is that the Lakers will come into play if this happens. DeRozan’s desire has been the Los Angeles Lakers. And, if he goes down to a mid-level exception, the Lakers can sign him as well. So, it will be extremely tough for the Miami Heat to sign DeRozan in this free agency.

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Where do you want to see DeMar DeRozan play next season, Lakers or Miami? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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