Q: If the rumors are true that the Heat organization is looking for Draft Capital to be included in any deals involving Kevin Durant or Donavan Mitchell, who do you think Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro, or Kyle Agar Current players in the Heat can get these kinds of picks. Lullabies not included? – Carlos, West Park.
A: They certainly could have searched with Max Staus, Gabe Vincent or Omar Yurtseven. But it will be interesting to see if the Heat can potentially flip Tyler Harrow for a pair of first-round picks. The Heat could then offer five such selections (and make it six if they are set to pick Nikola Jovic in the first round in 2022). In other words, there are ways for the Heat to amass a significant first-round stockpile if a receiving team would prefer such a payout as opposed to tackling Tyler Harrow’s extension deadline.
Q: Do you think that is what prompted Hero to trade to Hero because of his unrealistic maximum contract demand? He’s clearly not a max player. – Brian.
A: Firstly, no such demand has been made public, it is left as mere speculation at this point. And, no, I don’t expect the summer to go that far. Nor should Tyler Harrow be considered at this stage. He is a very good player and deserves the salary commensurate with being a very good player. The problem with max pay is the kind of agents who used to ask a team for balances below the pay limit back in the day. It should be about what you are worth, not what a team can pay. There has to be a fair compromise. Or, at least, it’s restricted free agency next summer, when the market will actually establish a price point, then allowed to match any outside offers with Heat.
Q: Ira, I’ve read rumors that the Heat are interested in trading for Patrick Beverly. Why would they want him when Kyle Lowry, Tyler Herro, Gabe Vincent and Victor Oladipo are already on the back court? – Joel.
A: Who says they do? A lot can be said during the off season; Not nearly as much is done. And just to reiterate, summer sees anyone and everyone looking at it during the off season, especially with potential buyouts. If the Heat were to take down everyone they were interested in, they’d have a 50-player roster and one heck of a luxury-tax bill.