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Kyle Lowry’s move to Miami is official, giving the Heat another playoff-tested veteran to lead what they hope will be a charge for the NBA Finals.
The Heat announced Friday that they have acquired Lowry from the Toronto Raptors for Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa.
Miami did not disclose the terms of the contract in Lowry’s signing and swap deal, but The Athletic announced that it had signed a three-year, $ 85 million contract.
“Kyle Lowry is a great leader and an exceptional defender,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a statement. “As a point guard, he will bring important skills to lead the attack, score the ball and defend with the best.”
A 15-year NBA veteran, Lowry became a star after joining the Raptors in 2012 after being more of a role player before with the Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets.
He had started less than half of his NBA appearances before moving to Toronto, but will arguably remain the best player in franchise history after averaging 17.5 points, 7.1 assists and 4, 9 rebounds per game over the past nine seasons, which has seen him make the All-Star Game six times.
After leading the Raptors to their first NBA title in 2019, Lowry joins a Miami team that lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2020 Finals and came out in the first round against eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks this year.
He will team up with Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson in a squad that should be a threat in the Eastern Conference.
The Raptors recover veteran point guard Dragic, who averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists last season, and Achiuwa, 21, who averaged 5.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in 12, 1 minute per game.
But Lowry will be missed, and the feeling is mutual. In a lengthy Instagram post on Thursday, Lowry thanked the franchise and its fans for the time he spent there, saying his connection to the city was “unbreakable.”
“Toronto will forever be my second home and I will always be linked to the franchise, the city and the country of Canada, which makes me so happy to say it,” he wrote.