The Miami Heat extended $4.7 million qualifying offers to Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson, two undrafted players who emerged as success stories of Miami’s developmental program. The offers were widely expected; they make Nunn and Robinson restricted free agents, which allows Miami to match outside offers they receive.
NEW: Heat extends qualifying offers to Kendrick Nunn, Duncan Robinson, Max Strus and Gabe Vincent https://t.co/2OF2vdqRy2 What it means entering free agency and why pulling the qualifying offer is still a possibility— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) July 30, 2021
The Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang wrote that Miami is expected to prioritize re-signing Robinson, but “there is more question with Nunn,” especially if the Heat sign a free agent guard like Kyle Lowry. Miami’s moves to sign undrafted guards following last night’s NBA Draft could also have been a signal that Nunn may leave.
Miami signed like 5 PG who have a similar profile and 2 other guards. really sounds like it was conveyed to those agents that there fair shot for spot to be earned. We figured Nunn was gone but looks like Miami is operating w precaution that they may lose more guard depth— sad! (@manos_de_tierra) July 30, 2021
In a slightly less expected move, the Heat also gave qualifying offers to Max Strus and Gabe Vincent, who were on two-way contracts with Miami last season. Vincent’s qualifying offer comes with an $84,000 guarantee, while Strus’ has a $50,000 guarantee. There’s no doubt that Robinson and Nunn will have far more interest from outside suitors than Strus and Vincent.