Heat Notes: Free Agency, Jimmy Butler, Trades

The defending Eastern Conference champion Heat will be looking to regroup following a first-round playoff sweep at the hands of the Bucks, and Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry may be among the impending free agents on their radar, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

But landing Lowry may not be so easy.

While Miami would be able to offer Lowry the $25 million deal he’s seeking, the length of a potential contract may prove to be a sticking point, Jackson surmised.

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Along with a possible pursuit of Lowry, the Heat will have to figure out what type of offer they’re willing to make to shooting guard Victor Oladipo, who spent the end of the season on the injury list and missed the playoffs.

More from Miami

  • Heat star Jimmy Butler is tight with Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, leading to some speculation that Leonard may consider the Heat in free agency this offseason. But that scenario would take some serious salary cap maneuvering, wrote Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
  • Butler is eligible for a four-year, $181 million extension this summer, but the Heat could hold off on those discussions, given such a deal would take Butler to his 36th birthday, wrote Bobby Marks of ESPN. Along with that, Miami may factor in that Butler never really got going in the postseason.
  • The Heat may look to make some offseason moves, but trying to trade for Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns won’t be among them as long as Butler is on the team, Winderman wrote in a separate piece.

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