Mavericks rumors: Kyle Lowry expect to land with Heat in sign-and-trade

Dallas Mavericks Kyle Lowry Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Kyle Lowry Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /

The Dallas Mavericks want to upgrade their roster around Luka Doncic this offseason. Their rumored top target was Kyle Lowry. The veteran point guard would give the Mavs another ball-handler and creator to take the pressure off Luka Doncic. Lowry can play on or off the ball, and the six-time All-Star would give the Mavericks a massive boost on both ends of the floor.

The veteran point guard was always going to have a robust market. He led the Raptors to a championship in 2019 and is coming off a season where he averaged 17.3 points, 7.3 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game in a “down year”. The 35-year-old is still an elite point guard that would make almost any team better.

It appears the Mavericks are going to miss out on their top target before free agency even begins after Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Heat are preparing a sign-and-trade package to land Lowry. It appears to be a done deal after Woj notes, “New Orleans and Dallas are two teams with salary cap space and strong interest in Lowry who are beginning to search elsewhere for starting point guard help, sources said.” Where should the Mavericks go from here?

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Dallas Mavericks likely to miss on Kyle Lowry: Where should they go?

The market is flush with free-agent point guards. Chris Paul, Mike Conley, and Kyle Lowry headlined the list. CP3 is expected to return to Phoenix, and Conley is projected to stay in Utah. That leaves the Mavericks pivoting to the second-tier options. Spencer Dinwiddie, Dennis Schroder, and Lonzo Ball are names to watch.

The Mavs could go away from the point guard position altogether after seemingly missing out on Kyle Lowry. There are several strong starting-caliber wings on the board. Dallas could also target big men like Richaun Holmes or restricted free agent John Collins.

It appears the Dallas Mavericks free agency has turned soured before it even started. Hopefully, they will be able to pivot to Plan B and still land an impactful player to pair with Luka Doncic. Free agency opens on Aug. 2 at 5 p.m. CT. Check back to The Smoking Cuban often for analysis on every Mavs move.

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