NBA trade grades: After adding Kyle Lowry, what is the Miami Heat's place in the Eastern Conference now?

Guard Kyle Lowry will play in Toronto for the first time in 706 days on Feb. 3, 2022. Scott Audette/NBAE via Getty Images

A day after ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Miami Heat were preparing to offer Precious Achiuwa and Goran Dragic in a sign-and-trade deal with the Toronto Raptors to land Kyle Lowry, one of the top free agents on the market, the two sides and Lowry agreed to the deal Monday, with Lowry getting a three-year, $90 million contract.

Will Lowry get the Heat back in contention for the championship after they reached the 2020 NBA Finals? How reasonable is the return for the Raptors, who decided not to trade Lowry at the deadline as he reached the end of the most impressive career in franchise history?

The deal

Heat get: Kyle Lowry

Raptors get: Goran Dragic, Precious Achiuwa