The Miami Heat were part of a trade on Wednesday that helped them move some money around as they start to prepare a strategy for keeping LeBron James in the offseason. The trade sent Joel Anthony to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Toney Douglas from the Warriors, but things almost went in a wildly different direction.
Grantland’s Zach Lowe reports that before the Heat pulled the trigger on the three-team deal Wednesday afternoon, they were on the phone with the Toronto Raptors trying to acquire guard Kyle Lowry.
The Heat have been scrounging around for another ball handler, and made some initial inquiries on Kyle Lowry and a couple of other bigger names, per sources around the league. But with nothing to offer, they got nowhere.
The Heat have been looking for help at guard, and many thought that Jordan Crawford could be a fit in a trade. While Miami was involved in a deal that moved Crawford out of Boston, he went west to Golden State rather than south to Miami.
Lowry would have been an interesting option for the Heat, but as Lowe pointed out, there really isn’t much for the Heat to offer in order to land another big name player.