Martin is entering his third year in Miami, and has proven to be a valuable role player for this team.
Kyle Lowry and Chauncey Billups watched the Colorado game on Saturday night together in a booth in the stadium. Kyle went to Villanova.
I think Miami learned from Strus, Vincent and others. If you develop undrafted players, you must extend their contracts while their values are still low or trade them when their value is too high to keep, before they become free agents and go elsewhere for more money. If you wait, you will lose them with little or no compensation in return. If the Heat keep Jaquez, I believe he could fill Martin's role at a fraction of the cost for the next four seasons, or longer. I also think Highsmith and Cain have potential to become regular rotation players.
What do you guys think about Lowry + 2 picks for Valanciunas from NO? Former Raptor hostage exchange. They just lost Trey Murphy for the coming season, and their guard depth starts with 2nd year Dyson McDaniels. We get a solid veteran center and bam can flow into PF
Edit: Valanciunas is booked for ~15m for 2023-24 and the Pels sit north of 170m total. They also got Nance Jr and Willy Hernangomez for consideration on cheaper deals. They got bigs and need a guard, but then again, we need handlers too
All of these reports feel like BS to me at this point. Miami isn't the one holding back a trade. If there was a reasonable trade to be made, Miami would jump at it, and as good a role player as Martin is, he wouldn't hold back Pat from acquring a superstar.
If Heat trades Martin, Pat and Co will have to refund me the cost of Martin's jersey that I bought during last season's playoff.
Martin has two years left on his contract. If Miami trades him, it should be as part of an upgrade for a starter with a 3-4 year contract. Same with Jovic and Jaquez.
If the Heat are going to give up a bunch prospects and draft picks to add a dude in his thirties making two hundred million dollars, they would be foolish to give up rotation players. Trade whatever draft picks and young guys, but they gotta keep the dudes that play in the playoffs
Martin has been a great pickup for the team. Gives 100% at all times and still has a higher ceiling.
Unless the Heat plan to pay him pretty big bucks when he is a free agent after the season, it makes no sense to me that he would possibly be a sticking point in a trade for Lillard. I’d rather keep Jovic and Jaquez who are on rookie contracts for the next 2-3 years. If the deal could be done for Lowry, Herro, Martin and 2 first round picks, I’d want the Heat to pull the trigger. While I personally would pass on Lillard and keep the team intact with a tweak or two, I just believe that Riley really really wants to get the Lillard deal done. Assuming that’s true, it would be a fair deal, though less than what Portland would want or expect.
Heat trading Caleb should not be an option.
Caleb is a good guy and a prototypical Heat player. Keep him until at least February. If Jaquez is still with the team and develops into a solid rotation SG or SF, Caleb may be expendable if the right trade comes along before the trade deadline.