Q: Read your column on Summer League, but who influenced you the most? – David.
A: The sample size was small due to his weeks away due to COVID, but Jamal Cain emerged as another intriguing undraft heat prospect. Even in the brief sample size, he showed athleticism at both ends or the floor and certainly showed a scoring pedigree in college. He appears to have the type of humility that will allow him to adapt and accept his reality of the task ahead. In fact, at this point I’m not sure he’s any further than Marcus Garrett if it comes to an overall NBA package. While an Exhibit 10 contract usually means eventually being nominated for assignment with the Heat’s G League affiliate, it can also be converted into a two-way contract. This can make competition in the camp particularly interesting.
Q: I know I’m in the minority here, but why not keep Duncan Robinson at least until the February trading deadline? Give her a chance to capitalize on a faded season, see what she worked on this summer. He’s a smart kid, he knows what his doom is. – Cheryl, Fort Lauderdale.
A: Which isn’t a bad idea, but only if he can reclaim a rotation spot. The last thing you want to do with a traded asset is to bury it more, which will only raise questions in addition to value. But even this goes beyond Duncan Robinson’s true value on the business market, which is a great deal in the form of an equal pay. So when the opportunity comes — if it comes along — for a business, it matters less about timing than an outside team’s willingness to deal with Duncan.
Q: Shot! Jimmy Butler left us all wanting more. When Ray Allen hit “The Shot,” the San Antonio Spurs were back on a mission the following season. I hope the Heat will return with the same fire and passion that the Spurs brought to the 2013-2014 season. – Stuart.
A: I’m not sure why Jimmy Butler vanished his 3-pointer against the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals at the end of Game 7 as a result of Ray Allen’s surprise shot for the Heat against the Spurs in the 2013 NBA Finals. There was more gravity in the form. Jimmy can have more impact on his 3-point efficiency, so when in that position again he will have a higher percentage for success. It’s probably more of a Jimmy thing in terms of motivation than a Heat thing. Teammates were probably expecting Jimmy to run the ball against Al Horford in that much talked-about position.