Will Tyler Herro’s extension impact future Heat spending? – Twin Cities



Q: If Victor Oladipo returns to the level of player he was in Indiana, how will the Heat manage to keep him? – Bob, Davey.

A: I always find it interesting that as soon as a player on a team gets a max contract or an extension, then you worry about keeping it all together. First, although the NBA has a salary cap, it is not necessarily rigid. So if Victor Oladipo has a big season and opts out of the second year of the deal he signed this summer, the Heat retain his Bird Rights and can sign him to the NBA max. Also, keep in mind that while Tyler Herro is now likely untradeable this season due to the “poison pill” element created by his extension, he could once again be dealt without such a restriction on July 1st. So in the end, money has a way of working when it comes to retaining talent.

Q: So no Kevin Durant this year? Hooray for Tyler, that’s a lot of money, but that is or will be (next year) the going rate at least for someone at his level, so as usual Andy Ellsburg is looking ahead of the curve. Since KD seems to be staying put, is this also the long game for Pat Riley (it wouldn’t be the first time he’s had a long-term plan to be a major player)? In 12 months, Tyler’s $30 million and Duncan Robinson’s $17 million will equal a whale like Durant. And if the Nets have another disappointing year, then they might be more willing to trade their star in 2023. So is this a win-win? Tyler is locked in, hopefully he will continue to improve his game, and if not, then he could play an important role in a fishing expedition. – Phillip, San Francisco.

A: So you’re saying the Heat are playing chess instead of checkers? And you might be right, Tyler Hero and Duncan Robinson’s contracts next summer will have the Heat in that sweet spot of a max-salary package on the trade market. But sometimes you too can be burdened by such deals. I’ll believe Duncan’s deal can be done when I see it. And if Tyler can’t improve his defense or is unable to crack the starting lineup, then his deal could also be viewed as overvalued. In other words, we are just beginning this process.

Q: Ira, it looks like the Heat are looking at a much smaller deadline and will rely on the buyout market at best. – Gabriel, Miami.

A: Which is usually the case when you don’t have a lot of trading assets to put into play. On the other hand, the Heat turned Kelly Olynyk and Avery Bradley into Victor Oladipo, so you never know.

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