A look at how today is setting up for the Miami Heat ahead of the 6 p.m. start of NBA free-agency negotiating period, with updates posted here throughout the day:
2:45 p.m. update: Former NBA center and current ESPN analyst Kendrick Perkins just said on “SportsCenter” that a Heat addition of Kyle Lowry in free agency would push the Heat past the Philadelphia 76ers and to No. 3 in the East (they closed No. 6 last season) and make them a challenger to the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.
“They would be No. 3 in the East,” Perkins said. “It would be the Nets and the Bucks and the Miami Heat. If you get a guy like Kyle Lowry, at one of the most important positions in the game today, the point guard position, a guy that’s won a championship, a guy that’s battle tested, that fits the Heat Culture,