Heat pick up Goran Dragic's option as 'precursor' in trade for Kyle Lowry
Goran Dragic (right) appeared in 50 games (11 starts) for the Heat in the 2020-21 regular season and averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Heat pick up Goran Dragic's option as 'possible precursor' in trade for Kyle Lowry

The Miami Heat made two moves Sunday (Aug. 1), and one of them might be leading to a shape-shifting sign-and-trade.

The Heat picked up its $19.4 million team option on veteran point guard Goran Dragic, as relayed by Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, and almost simultaneously declined veteran forward Andre Iguodala's $15 million team option to send him into free agency.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke down the possible implications of both moves:

Kyle Lowry has become an all-time player for the Toronto Raptors—helping bring the franchise its first NBA championship alongside Kawhi Leonard in 2019—since the Houston Rockets traded him to the North in July 2012.

Rumors swirled ahead of last season's March 25 trade deadline, including one disputed report that Lowry wanted to go to Philadelphia, that he was a lock to be dealt from the struggling Raptors, but the 35-year-old point guard remained in Toronto.

The six-time All-Star finished his 2020-21 campaign averaging 17.2 points, 7.3 assists, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 46 starts.

As for Dragic, a three-team trade sent him from Phoenix to Miami in February 2015. The 35-year-old was especially crucial the Heat's run to the 2020 NBA Finals. In Game 1 of that series, however, Dragic suffered a torn plantar fascia that ended his season prematurely. The Los Angeles Lakers prevailed 4-2.

Dragic appeared in 50 games (11 starts) for the Heat in the 2020-21 regular season and averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds. Miami's season ended in a 4-0 first-round sweep to the eventual champion Milwaukee Bucks.

Megan Armstrong (@megankarmstrong) is a writer with previous work appearing in places such as Billboard, Bleacher Report, GQ and others. She's most interested in writing about people and how they live their lives, through the framework of music, entertainment and sports.

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