The Miami Heat are reportedly "very interested" in signing Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry in free agency. However, if the Heat don't land him, they will set their sights on Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie, among others.
Anthony Chiang and Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald provided the report.
"According to a source, Nets impending unrestricted free agent point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to be among the players of interest to Miami if the Heat doesn’t land Lowry," the duo wrote.
Dinwiddie suffered a partially torn ACL during the Nets' Dec. 27 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, and his 2020-21 season ended up being over after just two games.
However, Dinwiddie has been cleared for basketball activities since June, per Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic, who relayed comments from Dr. Riley Williams (Dinwiddie's surgeon):
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Nets free agent Spencer Dinwiddie has been fully cleared for all basketball activities, his operating surgeon Dr. Riley Williams says. Dinwiddie recovered from a partial ACL tear in just over five months. He enters free agency as one of the top point guards on the market.
Dinwiddie averaged 20.6 points and 6.8 assists in 64 games for the 2019-20 Nets. Both marks were career highs.
A return to that 2019-20 form would be a welcome sight for whichever team signs Dinwiddie in free agency.
With superstar point guard Kyrie Irving limited to only 20 games in 2019-20 because of injuries, Dinwiddie's scoring, distributing and leadership helped Brooklyn to advance to the playoffs. However, he did not join the team in the Orlando bubble for the postseason after testing positive for COVID-19.
Dinwiddie provided an idea of what he's looking for this summer during a conversation with Howard Beck of Sports Illustrated on the Crossover NBA Show (h/t Jared Ebanks of SLAM):
The Heat are in need of a point guard.
They have pieces in place to be an Eastern Conference contender, with All-Stars Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler leading the way. However, they need a pure floor general who can lead the team on a long-term basis.
Lowry could be that guy, but Dinwiddie is a solid option as well for a team that is two years removed from making the NBA Finals. The Heat's 2020-21 season ended with a first-round sweep at the hands of the eventual NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.