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Report: Heat strike deals with Kyle Lowry ($90M), Duncan Robinson ($90M), Jimmy Butler (max)

Heat star Jimmy Butler and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat and Kyle Lowry #7 of the Toronto Raptors hug prior to the game at American Airlines Arena on February 24, 2021 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry wanted to play together.

They’ll get the chance with the Heat – while earning big money and alongside a complementary shooter in Duncan Robinson.

Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo Sports:

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Butler and Lowry perfectly fit the culture of toughness and dedication the Heat are trying to build. As does Bam Adebayo. That trio makes Miami a formidable threat in the East.

Acquiring Lowry via sign-and-trade hard-caps the Heat. Still, keeping Robinson for $18 million per year is a valuable use of limited resources. His floor spacing and 3-point shooting are extremely valuable.

The bigger risk comes with Butler and Lowry aging.

Butler’s max extension projects to be worth $187 million over four years ($47 million per season). As much as I believe in Butler, that’s an astounding amount to pay someone with such heavy mileage for his age-33-36 seasons.

But he valued the respect attached to the offer. Miami has a great reputation among players, which helped lure Butler, who helped lure Lowry.

That said, Lowry is 35 and has already shown signs of decline (albeit from a high peak). Perhaps, his contract isn’t fully guaranteed, though he too valued getting paid a premium.

The Heat were rumored to be sending Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa to the Raptors. That’d allow Miami go give Lowry a three-year contract worth up to $87,535,665. So, maybe another player – KZ Okpala? – will be involved in the sign-and-trade. Or maybe Lowry’s salary figures are just getting rounded up in reporting.