Former NBA big man Kendrick Perkins announced Wednesday that Kyle Lowry is having trouble with the Miami Heat. Perkins revealed on ESPN that Lowry and The Heat are not “on an equal footing” at the moment. Perkins then suggested that Miami should consider selling the veteran guard to the LA Clippers.
“Kyle Lowry disagrees with the Miami Heat over there,” Perkins said. “He and Ty Lue are good friends. [The Clippers] could suit him perfectly.”
Despite Kendrick Perkins’ claims, previous reports suggest the Miami Heat have no plans to let Kyle Lowry go any time soon. But it wouldn’t be surprising if Perkins’ statements were true. Lowry wasn’t exactly the kind of player Miami expected after they acquired him from the Toronto Raptors.
Is it time for the Miami Heat to let go of Kyle Lowry?
Kyle Lowry isn’t the player he was when he played for the Toronto Raptors. During his time in Toronto, Lowry was named an All-Star for six consecutive years. In his senior year with the Raptors, he missed the NBA All-Star Game but had stats on par with his previous seasons.
With that in mind, the Miami Heat expected to get a quality player when they signed Lowry. Unfortunately, that never happened as the team became a player who is just a shell of his former self. Last season with the Heat, he averaged 13.4 points, 7.5 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
While Lowry is still a solid guard, his game has slowly deteriorated. Fast forward to the present day and signs that it’s slowing down are becoming more apparent. The experienced guard is currently averaging 12.2 points, 5.3 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
While no one expects him to return to his superstar form, it’s a bit concerning that he only puts up stats on par with benchers. On Tuesday night, Lowry added just six points, three rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes against the Cleveland Cavaliers. That’s not good enough for a player who earns an average salary of $28.3 million a year.
If the Miami Heat really wants to fight for a title any time soon, splitting up with Kyle could be their best option.