NBA Free Agency: Stephen A. Smith Dismisses the Hype Around Kyle Lowry’s Trade to Miami Heat

Published 08/03/2021, 8:30 AM EDT
Mar 29, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Miami Heat center Bam Adebayo (13) celebrates with guard Goran Dragic (7) and guard Tyler Herro (14) after scoring a basket against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mike Stobe/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports


The Miami Heat ‘culture’ recently took in Toronto Raptors front-row champion Kyle Lowry. Reportedly, Lowry got traded to Miami under a sign-and-trade agreement offering a three-year $90 million contract. However, with this contract, if Miami aims for a championship next year, is Lowry fulfilling ambitions?

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Now 35, Kyle Lowry led the Toronto Raptors to their lone championship in 2019. He’s been a driving force for the team, but this deal handed the Raptors Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa in exchange for Lowry.

Dec 29, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks to pass as he grabs a loose ball against Toronto Raptors center Aron Baynes (46) and guard Kyle Lowry (7) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Stephen A. Smith isn’t a fan of the Kyle Lowry trade

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Kyle Lowry is joining Miami stars Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in this new chapter. For Erik Spoelstra, the 6-time NBA All-star is a promising pick after an embarrassing first-round exit against Milwaukee Bucks this 2020-21 season. Nevertheless, popular NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith says, “I’m not moved.”

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Lowry, who averaged 17 points this year and close to 40 percent from the three-point range, isn’t the answer to Miami’s future according to Stephen A. Smith. Smith said, “When we last saw you (Miami Heat), what happened to you? You got swept by the Milwaukee Bucks. That’s (Kyle Lowry’s trade to Heat) not going to be the difference… This dude is a special player… but in Miami, as they’re presently constructed, I don’t see him making that big of a deal.”

 

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Jimmy Butler and co. were the bubble finalists alongside the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020. However, they went home with a disappointing runner-up title. And this year, they have further derailed off the track with an early exit from the league.

This trade season, Duncan Robinson signed back with Miami and their young talent stays intact with Tyler Herro in line as well. However, considering how Milwaukee swept their team during the 2021 playoffs, more players will have to step up next season.

For now, Kyle Lowry has packed his bags from Toronto. Can he bring a championship to Miami as well? Let us know in the comments if Stephen A. Smith has stated a valid opinion.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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