NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Looking To Shed Contract Of Costly Guard

Things have been looking up of late for the Miami Heat, winners of seven of their last 10 games. But overall, for a team with championship aspirations, their 23-20 record and 8th-place standing in the East can't be satisfying to Pat Riley and Co. 

USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt says the word around the Heat is that they're more than willing to unload veteran point guard Kyle Lowry.

The Heat are notoriously tight-lipped about their plans. But around the league, it’s believed the Heat are willing to shed Kyle Lowry’s contract, which pays him $29.6 million in 2023-24.

The 36-year-old is not having the type of impact the Heat envisioned when they signed the former NBA champ to a splashy three-year, $85M deal in a sign-and-trade with the Toronto Raptors in the summer of 2021.  

In fact, as pointed out by one Heat superfan, the team is now 6-1 this season in games in which Lowry does not play. He's averaging 13.1 points, down about four points per game from his Raptors years, along with 5.6 assists and 33.6 percent from downtown, both marks also down from his norms.

The six-time All-Star, in fact, has his worst shooting percentage from the field and from three since the 2009-10 season, as a member of the Houston Rockets.  

If the Heat want to get off his nearly $30M salary for next season, they might possibly have a few suitors, as word making the rounds has the Dallas Mavericks possibly pursuing him, as well as potentially the Los Angels Lakers and Minnesota Timberwolves

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