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2022 NBA Free Agency: Latest Miami Heat news and rumors

Your source for everything the Miami Heat is up to during the offseason.

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The 2022 NBA Free Agency officially began June 30 at 6 p.m. ET. Below, we’re going to be tracking news and rumors associated with the Miami Heat throughout the coming days! Stay tuned for updates!


Aug. 4:

Yurtseven chooses to not play in EuroHoops.

According to Eurohoops.net:

Miami Heat center Omer Yurtseven didn’t travel to Bormio, Italy to join the Turkish national team training camp and did so without receiving any permission from the Federation or informing them, as Eurohoops can confirm.

Unlike the cases of Serbia’s Aleksej Pokusevski and Nikola Jovic who didn’t receive permission for summer activities from the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Heat respectively, Yurtseven’s decision to not show up at the training camp was a personal choice.”

Kyle Lowry still battling personal matter:

Aug. 3:

Heat do not grant permission to Jovic to play in EuroHoops tournament.

According to EuroHoops.net:

“For [Aleksej] Pokusevski and [Nikola] Jovic, we did not get permission from their teams,” the senior national team selector revealed regarding the players of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat, respectively, “The teams want the players to work there and get ready for the new season.”

Heat linked to LaMarcus Aldridge yet again?

According to Heavy.com, here is what an NBA Executive told NBA reporter Sean Deveney:

“Aldridge is 37 now, it would not be a surprise if he decided on retiring. But he still can score. He still has some value out there. He would be a nice fit in Boston, just as a guy who can knock down some shots and step in when Rob Williams or Horford needs a break,” the executive told Deveney. “Bucks and Heat, too. Every team in the East, at the top of the East. Miami needs that one piece, that one big guy to push them over the top. Aldridge could take some of PJ Tucker’s minutes, though he is obviously not on the same level as a defender. But he can shoot it. Miami needs depth there. He’s not going to be a starter, but he can help.”

July 22:

Heat unwilling to trade Adebayo

According to Heat reporter Ira Winderman:

“A party familiar with the Heat’s approach told the Sun Sentinel that while there has been internal consideration of the team utilizing center Bam Adebayo as a trade component, at least one influential member of the organization has shot down the notion.”

July 19:

Heat continue pursuing Durant over Mitchell:

According to Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer:

“RJ Barrett and Tyler Herro are the two extension-eligible 2019 first-rounders whose futures seem tied to the outcomes of the Durant and Mitchell trade sweepstakes.

The Miami Heat remain focused on acquiring one of those aforementioned All-Stars, and multiple sources with knowledge of the situation told B/R that Miami has prioritized pursuing Durant over Mitchell.

Either megadeal would almost certainly have to include Herro, the Heat’s best young player, which naturally brings the third-year Kentucky product’s extension conversations into question. The same goes for Barrett’s potential inclusion in a New York package for Mitchell.”

July 12:

Woj: “The Miami Heat have been one of the most determined teams to acquire Kevin Durant.”

Buckle up.

Miami, Bam Adebayo haven’t had discussions about a Kevin Durant trade, per report.

July 11:

Heat show interest in Collin Sexton:

Andy Elisburg/Sean Marks sharing a meal!

Wonder what this could be about. Hm.

Yurtseven will not play in Tuesday’s Summer League game:

Heat to exhaust “all option” for KD:

July 8:

UD back for his 20th season?

Miami’s approaching the season of the perspective that Udonis Haslem will be returning for a 20th season, according to South Florida Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman. No official deal has been reported yet.

No Omer Yurtseven for Saturday night against Boston:

Summer League head coach Malik Allen said Friday that Yurtseven will miss Miami’s Las Vegas opener, though the injury was undisclosed. Yurtseven just got done playing World Cup qualifiers with Turkey.

Heat have “been in touch” with Knicks for Cam Reddish:

July 7:

Heat sign undrafted big Orlando Robinson:

Robinson, with Miami’s Summer League, will be on an Exhibit-10 contract come the start of training camp!

Heat add Dru Smith to Summer League roster:

July 6:

Caleb Martin re-signs with Heat:

Martin re-signed with Heat on a three-year, $20.5 million deal. He averaged 9.2 points in 60 games last season. Miami used its TPMLE on him, thus it avoids the hard-cap.

Heat re-structure Oladipo’s reported new contract:

Oladipo’s one-year, $11 million deal will be two years instead of one — with a player option in the second year. The official dollar amount for each year has not been disclosed.

July 3, 4 and 5:

More crickets, transaction/rumor-wise.

July 2:

Nikola Jovic signs with the team

In the midst of the Heat summer league opener against the Lakers, the team announced that Nikola Jovic signed with the team. The terms were not disclosed, per club policy.

A KD package with Herro as the main trade chip would not work, per rumors

According to USA Today’s Michael Scotto, a trade package for Kevin Durant with Herro as the centerpiece “wouldn’t scratch the surface of what the Nets want.” In regards to both Phoenix and Miami, “a third team would need to be involved for Brooklyn to get all the desired assets it wants for Durant with either of these teams,” per Scotto.

July 1:

*crickets*

It was a quiet day for Miami. Perhaps that’s a good thing?

June 30th:

Kevin Durant wouldn’t mind playing with Jimmy Butler:

According to Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwell, Durant wouldn’t mind playing next to Butler or Phoenix Suns star guard Devin Booker. Here’s what he wrote Thursday evening:

“Sources told Yahoo Sports wanting to play alongside Devin Booker is a main motivation, along with the possibility of being slated next to Miami’s resident hard-ass Jimmy Butler — two players whose attendance is rarely questioned...

“Pat Riley and Erik Spoelstra, the unwavering duo capable of handling everything from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade to Butler and everyone in between, looks like a beacon next to the clown show in Brooklyn.”

The Heat are a ‘more likely landing spot’ for Donovan Mitchell than the Knicks:

Miami is ‘laser-focused’ on Durant and have been preparing for this for several days:

“BRING BACK UD!!!” Well, they’re attempting to do just that.

Dewayne Dedmon re-signs on two-year deal!

Victor Oladipo is back in the 305!

Oladipo re-signs for one-year, $11 million!

P.J. Tucker signs with Philadelphia 76ers for three-years, $33.2 million:

Welp.

Uhhh.....so Kevin Durant!

No Thursday meeting with Brunson:

According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, the Miami Heat did not schedule a meeting with Brunson for Thursday. So it appears the aforementioned Brunson-Heat rumors was more smoke than anything.

June 29th:

Heat interested in Otto Porter Jr., John Collins:

The Heat are interested in Otto Porter Jr., who’s expected to be offered the non-taxpayer’s mid-level exception from Miami, according to Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report insider Adam Borai.

A reunion with Jae Crowder in the cards?

According to Suns reporter John Gambadoro, the Heat are the favorite to land Jae Crowder — who was apart of the Heat in the 2019-20 season — in a trade.

Though Gambadoro mentioned that Phoenix wasn’t “100 percent sold” Phoenix dealing Crowder and that there’s uncertainty whether or not Phoenix wanted anything Miami could offer. He mentioned he doesn’t see the Suns wanting Duncan Robinson’s contract, with four years and 64.4 million guaranteed left on his deal.

Heat interested in Kyle Anderson, TJ Warren:

Sylvander reported that if the Sixers were to land Tucker, Miami would have interest in both Kyle Anderson and TJ Warren.

I listed Warren as one of my potential replacements for Tucker, though you couldn’t help but wonder how healthy he would be. He has played in just four games since the 2019-20 bubble due to injuries, but has established himself as a three-level scorer

Heat interested in Mo Bamba:

According to Greg Sylvander of Five Reasons Sports Network, the Heat would have interest in Magic forward Mo Bamba as a potential replacement. He averaged 10.6 points and 8.1 rebounds on 48.0 percent shooting and 38.1 percent from 3-point range in 2021-22.

Miami in a meeting....for Jalen Brunson?

Amid the swirling rumors that the New York Knicks are in-line to acquire Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson for four-years, $110 million, the Heat secured a meeting with Brunson, according to Yahoo Sports Chris Haynes.

It’s a surprising move that leaves people wondering if the Heat are in-play for Brunson, who could only theoretically be acquired via sign-and-trade, thus hard-capping the organization for the upcoming league year. Pat Riley securing meetings for top free agents isn’t unusual.

According to the Miami Herald’s Barry Jackson, Miami assured the Lowry that he would not be moved this offseason.

“The Heat has assured Lowry that it has no intention of trading him for Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving, according to a source briefed on the situation.”

Rumors: Tyler Herro, Victor Oladipo and Danilo Gallinari-Heat rumors, per Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer

A few interesting tid-bits from Fischer:

  • “Early indications are Tyler Herro’s extension with Miami will settle around $25 million in average annual value.”

Herro is eligible for an extension this offseason, though Miami isn’t forced to give him it if they want to assess their other options on the trade market. He won the Sixth Man of the Year last year after averaging 20.7 points on 44.7 percent shooting, including 39.9 percent from deep.

  • “Victor Oladipo is not expected to return to the Heat and is said to have interest from Washington, Denver and Detroit, in the salary range of the taxpayer MLE.”

The Heat own Oladipo’s bird rights, so it’s peculiar if the Heat don’t choose to opt to re-sign Oladipo if there’s mutual interest.

  • “Gallinari is also expected to draw interest from Miami should it lose P.J. Tucker.”

Miami’s in the Gallinari rumor mill once again. He averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game on 43.4/38.1/90.4 shooting splits.

PJ Tucker sweepstakes:

  • June 20: PJ Tucker opts out of his $7.4 million player option, entering unrestricted free-agency.
  • June 26: ‘“Numerous rival teams” believe Tucker will sign with the Sixers over Heat, per NBA insider Marc Stein. Sixers could offer Tucker a three-year deal worth $30 million with its mid-level exception, once it becomes available; Miami could sign Tucker to a three-year, $27 million deal — beginning at $8.4 million — without using its MLE since it does not own Tucker’s bird-rights.
  • June 28: Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tucker is expected to sign with the Sixers with the aforementioned 3-for-$30M deal. They still did not have access to the MLE....so how?
  • June 28: According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel, the Heat are planning to offer the Heat the full three years/$27 million fully guaranteed.
  • June 29: At the deadline of the option deadline, James Harden opted out of his $47.3 million deal, according to both Adrian Wojnarowski and Shame Charania. This gives the Sixers the full mid-level exception and bi-annual exception to work with. According to Woj, Harden would sign for the mid-30’s.
  • June 30: Tucker “unlikely to return to Miami”, according to The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer. He made note that multiple teams, including the Minnesota Timberwolves, Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, will be in the running for Tucker for the NTMLE with the Philadelphia 76ers.
  • June 30: He signed with Philly. Thanks for the memories, P.J.