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Report: Miami Heat pursued DeMar DeRozan at trade deadline

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DeRozan has a player option for next season on his contract.

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Last month’s trade deadline was an active one for Pat Riley. He traded Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters for Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill. Riley also tried to trade for Danilo Gallinari, but disagreements around a contract extension for Gallinari nixed the deal.

In an appearance with ESPN San Antonio, Jabari Young of CNBC Sports Business said that DeMar DeRozan is “not happy” with the Spurs and that he heard “Miami was making a push for” the swingman before the trade deadline.

DeRozan appeared to refute Young’s characterization on Twitter, prompting a lengthy reply from Young that included links to his previous reports on Spurs players.

I discussed a potential Heat trade for DeRozan just a few months ago. But now, with the trade deadline behind us, the likelihood of him ending up in a Heat uniform are slim. The former Toronto Raptor has a player option of $27.7 million for 2020-21. DeRozan could opt out and become a free agent this off-season, but Riley wouldn’t offer him a multi-year deal. His eyes are still set on 2021.

And if DeRozan opts in, what would the Heat give up for a one-year rental of the mid-range scorer? San Antonio wants young pieces, but the Heat already gave up Winslow. It wouldn’t make sense to center a DeRozan trade around Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson or Tyler Herro. And the Heat aren’t trading Adebayo — the Heat will pitch star free agents on joining Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.