Will Tyler Herro’s extension impact future Heat spending? – Boston Herald



Q: If Victor Oladipo returns to the level of play he was at Indiana, how can the Heat keep him? – Bob, Davey.

A: I always find this interesting, when one player on a team doesn’t get a big contract or extension, it becomes a threat to keep it all together. First, while the NBA has a salary cap, it’s not necessarily a hard cap. So if Victor Oladipo has a big season and opts out of the second year of his deal this summer, the Heat could retain Bird’s rights and sign him up to the NBA maximum. Also, keep in mind that while Tyler Hero is now untradeable this season, such a ban could be imposed again on July 1 due to the “poison pill” element created by his extension. So, ultimately, money has a way of working itself out when it comes to keeping talent.

Q: So no Kevin Durant this year? Hooray for Tyler, it’s a lot of money but that’s or will be (next year) at least the going rate for someone at his level, so as usual Andy Ellisberg is waiting for the curve. Is this also the long game for Pat Riley as KD seems to be sticking around (wouldn’t it be the first time he’s had a long-term plan for a major player)? In 12 months, Tyler’s $30 million a year and Duncan Robinson’s $17 million will be like Durant’s whale. And if the Nets have another disappointing year, they’ll probably be more interested in trading their star in 2023. So is this a win-win? Tyler is locked in, ready to resume his game, and if not, play a vital role in the fishing trip.– Phillip, San Francisco.

Answer: So you are saying that heat play chess instead of checkers? And you’d be right, the contract heat of Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson next summer in that sweet spot will equal the highest salary on the trade market. But sometimes they can be burdened by such agreements. I believe Duncan’s deal can be resolved when I see it. And if Tyler can’t improve his defense or crack the starting lineup, his deal could be considered overpriced. In other words, we are just getting started on this process.

Q: Ira, it sounds like the Heat are looking at a very small deadline, and they’re going to be pretty confident in the buyout market. – Gabriel, Miami.

A: This tends to happen if you don’t have a lot of business assets coming into play. Then again, the Heat traded Kelly Olynk and Avery Bradley for Victor Oladipo, so you never know.

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