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ESPN mentions the Miami Heat in Giannis Antetokounmpo potential free agency article

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This summer’s player movement may be the new norm in the NBA.

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ESPN mentioned the Miami Heat in “The two possible futures of Giannis Antetokounmpo” as an alternative to a team such as the Milwaukee Bucks in a small market.

Questions on his contract extension “...will happen again both times he plays in Los Angeles and all three times he visits New York. The same goes for when he travels to San Francisco. And Miami. And Chicago. And Dallas.”

Tim Bontemps states the obvious later on when he writes, “’Players have all the leverage,’ said an executive with a small-market team. ‘I would say it’s a players’ league right now. They get to dictate where they want to go and what they want to do.’”

This summer witnessed the importance of relationships among the players themselves, whether it’s Jimmy Butler with Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant with Kyrie Irving, or Paul George with Kawhi Leonard.

Per Adam Silver, the NBA favors well-run teams, “At the end of the day, we want to be a league where strong management is rewarded and that every team has the opportunity to compete.”

While the chatter about Chris Paul made its rounds, committing to large contracts now could limit Miami’s roster flexibility for years to come.

Recently NBA tried to set limits on players forcing trades, while giving front offices more freedom on mentioning players by name per Shams Charania,

“The NBA has sent memo to teams with official tampering guidelines; some key points: - Conduct from player inducing another player to demand trade will be violative of tampering. - Isolated comments by team official praising another player will no longer be regarded as violation.”

How can the Miami Heat benefit? Know how elite players think and become relevant again.

Low state taxes and a mild climate may not have much appeal to a player who is a gym rat and rather associate with other like-minded people.

As Pat Riley mentioned, he rather let results speak for themselves and keep Miami’s options open until circumstances favor the Heat for making their move.

During his presser head coach Erik Spoelstra suggested the franchise won’t remain quiet should roster adjustments help the Heat become serious contenders.

“The theme from Spo is clear: Forget everything you think you know about this team and this lineup, if there’s something to happen or be done to help this team to win, it’ll happen.

(Hint: Expect the unexpected.)”

Jimmy Butler says being hated doesn’t bother him, so if an Antetokounmpo or Anthony Davis comes to Miami, the hate will surely follow just like before.