The Los Angeles Clippers grabbed another first round pick from the Miami Heat and picked up the recently acquired Maurice Harkless to help complete the Jimmy Butler four-team blockbuster trade along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.
The Heat will sign Jimmy Butler to a four-year, $142 million max contract, send Josh Richardson to Philadelphia and Hassan Whiteside to the Trail Blazers as well as a protected 2023 first-round pick and Maurice Harkless to the Clippers, league sources told ESPN. Miami acquired Harkless and center Meyers Leonard from Portland.
Harkless is playing on an $11 million expiring contract. The first round pick being sent to the Clippers is lottery protected, who also own the Heat’s unprotected 2021 first round pick that was originally sent to the Phoenix Suns in the Goran Dragic 2015 deal.
Heat first-round pick sent to Clippers today:— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 2, 2019
Lottery protected (1-14) in 2023
Lottery protected (1-14) in 2024
Lottery protected (1-14) in 2025
If not conveyed in any of those seasons, unprotected in 2026.
Essentially, the Heat traded Richardson, Whiteside, Harkless and a future first round pick for Butler and Leonard. Miami will need to still either trim their roster salary with further moves or consider waiving and stretching Ryan Anderson over the next three years.
Heat would need to send out $11M net in a follow-up trade (sending out more players than receiving comes with net cost of $1.6M each) to avoid having to stretch Ryan Anderson, which I’d guess they’ll try to do because his $5.2M/year cap charges stretch into key 2021-22 season.— Albert Nahmad (@AlbertNahmad) July 1, 2019
Barring another roster move (which is certainly possible), Miami would likely have to waive Ryan Anderson and the $15.6M guaranteed portion over three seasons. The waive-and-stretch will likely be necessary for the Heat to stay under the $138.9M tax apron.— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) July 1, 2019
Miami still retains Goran Dragic, Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. after the trade because of the Clippers’ involvement. Dragic remains the team’s only true point guard and will play on an expiring contract.
After conveying to Dragic camp very late last night that Heat likely would need to move Dragic to complete Butler trade, Miami ultimately did not need to after Clippers agreed to take Harkless and No. 1. Dragic pleased he has not been moved. Excellent turn of events for Heat.— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) July 1, 2019
For the moment the Heat have a potential starting five of Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Jimmy Butler, James Johnson/Kelly Olynyk, and Bam Adebayo at the five. Justise Winslow could slot in nicely as a sixth man or join the starting five and replace Waiters (or Dragic), with Meyers Leonard backing up Adebayo. Tyler Herro and Derrick Jones Jr. will add athleticism and shooting off the bench as well. Rookie KZ Okpala joins a developmental core with Duncan Robinson, Yante Maten, and Kendrick Nunn. Udonis Haslem has yet to decide whether he’s returning to the Heat or retire.