Another trade deadline, another busy time for the Miami Heat.
Last year, the Heat traded for Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill and nearly completed another one for Danilo Gallinari. This year, Miami has been linked to Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo, Spencer Dinwiddie and even LaMarcus Aldridge as a buyout candidate.
Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports labeled Miami an “intriguing option” for the 27-year-old Dinwiddie, who is recovering from a partially torn ACL. Goodwill said that Moe Harkless, Avery Bradley and Kendrick Nunn have been discussed. For Miami, that would sub out two players who have largely not played — Harkless and Bradley — and another one who has been wildly uneven, Nunn. It would also amount to an admission that the 2020 off-season move to split the mid-level exception between Bradley and Harkless was a big miss.
On his podcast, Kevin O’Connor said that the Heat are not going to trade Tyler Herro for Lowry, and they haven’t even offered Duncan Robinson yet. O’Connor said Miami’s offer was Kelly Olynyk, Precious Achiuwa, Nunn and a first-round pick. (The Heat would need to agree with the Oklahoma City Thunder to remove protections from their 2023 first-round pick for Miami to trade their 2025 first-round pick.)
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The Heat’s initial offer reflects a desire not to trade away either Robinson or Herro for Lowry, who will turn 35 years old on Thursday and is on an expiring contract.
Who knows if both of these deals go through? Nunn is listed in both of them, but he and Duncan Robinson both make the same $1.6 million salary. If push comes to shove, Miami may have to give up Robinson. That’s what Michael Grange said.
The sticking point in a Lowry-to-Miami scenario is Tyler Herro. Miami is ok to give up 26yo Robinson, a pending RFA who might be pricy to sign; Raptors prefer 21yo Herro who is on 2nd year of rookie deal.— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) March 23, 2021