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Report: Duncan Robinson ‘major sticking point’ for Heat in Harden talks

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Robinson will be a free agent after this season.

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The inclusion of Duncan Robinson is a major sticking point in the Miami Heat’s pursuit of James Harden, according to Ethan J. Skolnick of the 5 Reasons Sports network.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald had previously reported that Tyler Herro would not be considered off the table in a Harden trade. And as I’ve said before, Miami’s best offer for Harden is a contract centered on Herro and Robinson as the centerpieces. The Heat would also have to include Kelly Olynyk or Andre Iguodala to match outgoing and incoming salaries. Houston may also demand some other of Miami’s young players — Kendrick Nunn, Precious Achiuwa, KZ Okpala.

The fact that Robinson is a sticking point is a bit curious, as the 3-point marksman will be a free agent after this season. Joe Harris agreed to a four-year, $75 million contract with the Brooklyn Nets last month. Could the Heat possibly have four players making big money going forward — Harden, Butler, Adebayo and Robinson?

Earlier today, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that the Philadelphia 76ers have included Ben Simmons in some trade discussions for Harden. A deal centered on Simmons trumps anything Miami could offer, unless they’d be willing to part with Adebayo (which isn’t happening).