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Report: Pat Riley trying to meet with Kyle Lowry, but Heat’s big three not recruiting point guard

Jul 2, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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With the powerful Miami Heat preying, the Toronto Raptors tried to lock up Kyle Lowry early in free agency. Toronto backed its pursuit with the requisite sizable offer.

Good news and bad news for the Raptors.

Good news: Lowry hasn’t signed with the Heat (or Rockets).

Bad news: He hasn’t signed with Toronto, either.

Both doors remain open, though one seems to be opening as the other closes.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Miami president Pat Riley has been pushing for a sit-down meeting with Lowry, but Lowry is taking time on Tuesday afternoon to consider his next step in the process.

Nevertheless, the Miami stars haven’t been active in recruiting Lowry, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Lowry has long been enthusiastic about returning to the Raptors, and nothing has happened in free agency to derail that momentum, sources said.

David Aldridge of NBA.com:

LeBron James won’t even meet with other teams personally. Chris Bosh is on vacation. It sounds as if they and Dwyane Wade are really leaving to Pat Riley to address the roster.

I’d think the big three would have more of a vested interested in recruiting their teammates, and Lowry is the best reasonably likely addition possible. Miami could definitely use a point guard who defends actively, knocks down spot-up 3-pointers and can take control of the offense when necessary.

The Raptors must feel relieved Lowry is rejected the Heat’s (limited) overtures, but they also surely wanted this resolved by now. As long as Lowry keeps waiting, anything can happen, but Toronto should be favored to retain its top player.

  1. tomshoe - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:19 AM

    They’re probably in more need of a big man than anything. All the PG needs to do is to get the ball where the big 3 want it, shoot 3’s when open, and generally stay out of the way.

    The only big-name centers left are Greg Monroe and Spencer Hawes.

  2. campcouch - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    T-Dot gave him a chance to showcase and now they’re offering money and a continuation of an opportunity to star. I hope he stays there and creates his own legacy in a very supportive town.

  3. sonnysuave - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    If the big 3 all opted out… does it make sense for free agents to recruit another free agent… to sign with a team, with a possibility the said free agents might not be there?? Smh.

  4. socalcharger - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:09 AM

    Seriously. Remember the Baron Davis and Elton Brand saga with the clips?

    • paleihe - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:31 PM

      As a Clipper fan, yeah…I remember and that sucked.

  5. bucrightoff - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    He’s beloved in Toronto, a city with enthusiastic, loving fans. In Miami half the fans will be out of the building by the middle of the 4th quarter, most of them don’t care about anything except being seen.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      A city with enthusiastic, loving fans who only fill their arena to 92 percent capacity…

      • bucrightoff - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:02 PM

        92%? Isn’t that how full LeBron usually leaves your mouth?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:37 PM

        You didn’t have to take it so personally. I was just pointing out that those loving fans aren’t exactly filling up the joint.

  6. tbmoore13 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Cleveland has been awful quiet, somthing is up! Welcome home LeBron. Home to real fans!!

    • campcouch - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

      Cleveland is quiet because Wiggins showed up and they locked up Kyrie for 5 years.

    • marsh025 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:17 PM

      real jersey burning fans.

      • marsh025 - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        fans who call him a quitter because he had a bad series.
        Fans who feel they’re entitled to him and he owes them something.
        Those fans. yes.

  7. sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Riles is off trying to make deals without speaking to his G.M. first…

    When is Riles gonna learn?

  8. rrhoe - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:10 PM

    Seems like Lowry wants all he can get.

    • paleihe - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      I don’t blame him one bit.

  9. ravenswhat - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    People complain about Lebron not having teammates in Cle but he did the same thing then!! He didn’t actively recruit anyone!!!

  10. garybrian - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    If he never wants to see the ball after it crosses mid court then sign with the Heat. If he wants a team and a country behind him as well as a coach and G.M. that stand behind him then it’s the Raptors. Oh yeah, the Raptors can also offer more money!

  11. kb2408 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    So, let’s see if Miami’s so-called “Big 3″ will get criticized as much as Rose did for “allegedly” not recruiting. Another point: as I’ve said, Lowry is a true pg, signing him takes the ball out of LeBron’s hands. It does not surprise me LBJ is not aggressively recruiting him. LeBron is Miami’s pg.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      They have done enough recruiting over the last 4 years. Perhaps they’re just not partial to Kyle Lowry.

      Lowry wouldn’t take touches away from LeBron. Lowry would be taking touches from Chalmers and Cole, who were 2nd and 3rd on the team in touches per game, and who both lead the team in touches per minute.

      So the person that touches the ball most in Miami’s offense is still the guy at the PG spot, not LeBron. In other words, if Lowry came down to Miami and played his 36 minutes per game (30 of Rio’s and 6 of Cole’s) he would lead the Heat in touches per game and touches per minute and he still wouldn’t cut into any of LeBron’s touches.

  12. hdsnake867 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Miami has a Big 3? They’re all free agents. Right now, Miami has squat. Besides, it’s a 1 (Lebron), a 1/2 (Bosh-nothing special) and a 1/2 (Wade-bad knees). 1+1/2+1/2=2.

  13. tonybot3 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    To complain that Wade, Bosh, and LeBron aren’t helping to recruit ‘team-mates’ is a logical fallacy… None of those 3 players are currently even ON the Heat, remember? They all opted out.

    Why would they spend time working for an organization that they aren’t even affiliated with at the moment?

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