Kyle Lowry explains his decision with taking a pay cut to play for Miami
Many teams besides the Miami Heat wanted Kyle Lowry on their team. Lowry was one of this off-season’s most desired free agents. The Miami Heat got him in a sign-and-trade deal from the Toronto Raptors.
One of the other teams who wanted Lowry to play for them was the New Orleans Pelicans, who reportedly offered him more money than the Heat did. According to a source, “New Orleans was willing to go to $90 million over three years or more, but Lowry never leaned toward going there” wrote Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “Lowry took three years and $85 million from Miami.”
Last season, Lowry averaged 17.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from beyond the arc.The Villanova University product has career averages of 14.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.
Lowry decided that he was going to play for the Heat despite a $90 million dollar offer from the Dallas Mavericks. He wanted to play for the Heat, because he felt like there was good chemistry there with his good friend Jimmy Butler and wanted to see if he could help the team go deep in the playoffs.
Kyle Lowry is now ready to get to work with the Heat after agreeing to a three-year deal worth $85 million. “He kind of was continuing to chirp about it and talk to me about it. But as a true friend, it doesn’t matter what decision I made, he was going to support me. But he was really on me about coming to the Heat and kind of fulfilling some things that we talked about before and trying to possibly play together” said Lowry.