Report: Heat strike deals with Kyle Lowry ($90M), Duncan Robinson ($90M), Jimmy Butler (max)
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:
Duncan Robinson – host of the @TheLongshotPod – has agreed to a 5-year, $90M contract to stay with the Miami Heat, his agent Jason Glushon of @GlushonSM tells ESPN. The deal, largest ever for an undrafted player, also includes an ETO after the fourth year.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 2, 2021
Shams Charania of The Athletic:
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.