After nine high-level seasons in the Toronto Raptors jersey, Kyle Lowry decided to change of scene this summer, joining the Miami Heat through a sign-and-trade.
Lowry had become one of the main sources of rumors since the trade deadline, finally confirming those who placed it in South Beach. His new contract amounts to 90 million dollars spread over three years.
On the podcast ‘Pull Up with C.J. McCollum ‘, the veteran point guard acknowledged that the main reason that led him to sign for the Heat was his desire to win another championship before hanging up his boots, an outcome close to his 35 years.
“This summer I knew the direction Toronto was headed and what they were going to do,” said the guard. “They do not plan to do tanking or anything like that, but they’re getting into a situation where the younger guys will take the reins. And for me it is championship or failure. Going to Miami corresponded to that situation and what they want to do. If you don’t play for the championship, what are you playing for? That’s the only thing I thought about going into free agency. “
After reaching the 2020 Finals, the Heat failed to live up to expectations last season, in which they suffered a painful sweep in the first round at the hands of eventual champions, the Milwaukee Bucks.
Lesson learned, Pat Riley has made a big bet on free agency with the arrival of Lowry, as well as the hires of PJ Tucker and Markieff Morris, and the renewals of Duncan Robinson and Victor Oladipo.
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