Q: Ira, unlike many people, I’m not disappointed with the Heat not having any signings. I think they have several options: get a star like Donovan Mitchell or Kevin Durant without trading Bam Adebayo; Get a guy like Miles Turner who fills a gaping hole and whose game complements Bam’s; Go into the season with what they have, but be prepared for the opportunity to bring in a star as the boys stock goes up (Duncan Robinson, Tyler Herro, Max Strauss, Omar Yurtseven) – Carl.
A: Absolutely. While the NBA has a number of trigger dates that lend themselves to going forward, such as the introduction of free agency on July 1, the removal of trading restrictions on most free agents signed in the off-season on December 15, and February NBA trading. of deadline, being nimble can often be the key. So study and prepare for all the possibilities, then bounce when they are optimal. I don’t think Andy Ellisberg’s cell phone has an off button. So for now, the Heat Personnel Department remains on alert and on call. Furthermore, if the Nets decide to opt for Kevin Durant or the Jazz to transfer Donovan Mitchell, it is likely that both teams will return to the Heat in the first cycle to get the best possible deal.
Q: Hi Ira, I think it would be better to trade for someone like Donovan Mitchell instead of ruining our entire future for Kevin Durant (Bam Adabio, Tyler Herro, pics). The Heat got two wins of a championship and within minutes of returning to the finals this year. They don’t need the best scorer (ever?). He could have used another scoring threat to provide offensive gravity, like Duncan Robinson’s, but without the slowness. Summer is in win-now mode, but that’s their story for most years anyway. KD’s age and injury history is worrying and even if Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro may not improve much, the addition of John Collins or Donovan Mitchell keeps our near-championship core mostly intact. Trade for KD and our power rotation becomes Omar Yurtseven and Caleb Martin? Haywood Highsmith and Dwayne Deadman? – Eddie, South Bend, Ind.
A: But that’s how the league operates, that to get an elite player, just about everything has to be on the table. That’s why the Heat went on with first-round picks for Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, Karen Butler and Shaquille O’Neill. When those voids are surrounded by greatness it is easy to fill the holes.
Q: Isn’t there a great benefit to letting Tyler Herrow become a banned free agent by not finalizing the extension? Looks like that would give Heat the most flexibility for trades. And as a restricted free agent, the Heat can match any offer next summer like the Sun just did with Deandre Ayton. Perhaps none of the expansions will inspire Tyler to step up his game. – Jordan, Hollywood.
A: Yes, there is an advantage, mostly to the fact that it will allow the market to set the price. But there is also the matter of building goodwill if you think sportspersons can be the cornerstone. This was clearly the Heat’s thinking with Bam Adebayo. So the approach was fast. So with Tyler Harrow, it may come down to whether the summer feels the same way.