Could documentary teams that follow a former Toronto Raptors star have made a bit of a fuss by sharing a little too much of a big career moment?
Toronto lost a sports icon with Kyle Lowry’s departure out of season, leaving the Raptors in a sign-and-trade deal that, while long awaited, still managed to break the hearts of fans across an entire nation.
The deal meant the Raptors re-signed Lowry to a $ 85 million three-year contract before sending him to Miami, where the Heat sent veteran Goran Dragic and young talent Precious Achiuwa back in return.
Of course, the deal has not come without controversy. When the NBA smelled something shady about the move, the NBA opened an investigation back on Aug. 7 to determine if sign-and-trade violated league rules.
It was not quite as bad as Robert Durst basically admitted murder while still holding the microphone up, but a video of Kyle Lowry getting the big news about his move to Miami may have just given the league the smoking gun they looked for in their almost complete manipulation study.
The video captures Lowry talking on the phone with someone he mentions as a coach, possibly Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who welcomes him to the team.
“I feel like this has been three years in the making since we both worked on it [the] Africa trip, ”says the unidentified voice at the other end of the line. “You were the guy I was most impressed with. So it only took about three or four years.”
After the phone call, Lowry proudly announces that he is officially a member of the Miami Heat, but then says he has to wait a week to share the news. Lowry would continue to broadcast that news on August 4th.
But wait a minute there.
If Lowry sat on this news for an entire week, as he claims, it means this video was allegedly recorded on July 30th.
NBA rules prohibit teams from opening trade negotiations with players under contract with another team before Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. 6pm, so the timelines don’t exactly look good here for Lowry and the Heat.
There could be real consequences for such alleged insults, as the league has brought in new, tougher penalties for manipulation in 2019. Teams can be on the hook for fines of up to $ 10 million, but are also subject to losing draft picks and having team leaders suspended.
This was exactly the case with the current champion of the Milwaukee Bucks, where the league tore away the team’s 2022 selection in the second round as a punishment for manipulation.