For the Miami Heat, the heat of FOMO continues.
And while Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell are potential prizes, the fear of missing out is understandable.
But sometimes it also becomes a matter of organizing your home.
Yes, The Heat have it that they are content to move on with a team that lost only 37-year-old PJ Tucker to a standing roster within one win of the NBA Finals.
But there is also the potential for potential deals to be done, if not for the FOMO factor.
The Indiana Pacers have made it abundantly clear that they are open to the business of change, with Miles Turner being one of the few remaining pieces from the team’s previous incarnation.
The Atlanta Hawks have shifted to even more of a backcourt-driving approach, perhaps to the consternation of John Collins.
The Sacramento Kings reshuffle could knock out Harrison Barnes.
The Charlotte Hornets may be ready to move on from the ever-available reality of Gordon Hayward.
And Jay Crowder has used social media in a way that certainly doesn’t rule out relocation.
Against those backdrops the Heat stands out with their three strikingly clear trading mechanisms:
Duncan Robinson’s $16.9 million 2022-23 salary, the ballast needed to balance trades under the pay-cap.
– Tyler Harrow’s potential, a trade component that may tempt the suitors, but on a ticking clock, with an extension deal with the 2022 NBA Sixth Man of the Year, this off-season effectively removed him from the business market removed.
– First round picks. With the Heat currently able to score two deals, potentially able to unlock a third, and able to offer fourth man in the first round of No.27 2022 Nikola Jovic, now a month after signing his rookie scale The contract is tradable after.
All three of those possible components would be needed in Kevin Durant’s (and probably even more) package.
All three could certainly play to a potential deal for Mitchell.
But permutations involving the above two elements may suffice in something less flashy, but something that can still provide a strong upgrade.
As for business elements: Robinson has already been replaced in the starting lineup by the move of Max Strauss; Hero, at least in the short term, could be replaced by Victor Oladipo in wing rotation should he be dealt with for a bigger man; And when was the last time Pat Riley stood fingered for a first-round pick?
But like Riley’s “One Suit, One Shirt, One Tie” edict when the Heat traveled to Dallas for two possible closeout games of the 2006 NBA Finals against the Mavericks, a trickle of substance potentially still the Heat. left for. ,
Now let’s move on to an element that filled the starting lineup on the power forward, and what-if hangovers could arise from trades at Durant and Mitchell’s elsewhere.
Of course, Durant and Michelle won’t be going anywhere. It’s not like Sean Marks said Durant played his last game in Brooklyn, or that Danny Ange said the same thing about Mitchell in Utah.
Crowder, in the final year of his contract, certainly could have been an efficient one-year stopgap, as Tucker eventually proved.
Collins will provide the type of offensive spark that has been missing in recent years for Eric Spoelstra, certainly more likely in that regard than going with Caleb Martin as the opening four.
Turner, even with his dissonance, with his 3-point stretch and resistance component, can stand in as the perfect balance of strength for Bam Adebayo.
For Heywood or Barnes, it would at least address the void created by Tucker’s free-agency departure for the Philadelphia 76ers.
But take any of those steps, and no follow-up avenues for Durant or Mitchell.
No, there is nothing to do in August at the moment.
And the Heat have shown with their every-game-cases approach that victory can still stand with a mix-and-match lineup at the start of the season, even with a question mark over the power forward. Along with
But consistency also matters. And at some point, you have to get over who you are, what you are and what you can be.
Or you play the waiting game.
Even if it means the summer of FOMO turns into the autumn of FOMO.
in the lane
Payment of Honors: Toronto Raptors coach during his appearance at a charity golf outing for the foundation nick nurseheat point guard Kyle Lowry Was asked about the legacy of the NBA legend bill russell, who died last Sunday at the age of 88. “I think he meant a lot to the African-American community in general, that’s the most important thing,” Lowry said. “He was one of those people who stood up and pushed for African-Americans to have more freedom, more say, and more of everything. Basketball-wise? Unforgettable. One of the greatest athletes to ever play this sport.” One of the greatest players… player-coach, everything he was able to do. Wish he was still here because we want to show him more love, give him more flowers, and everything want to give. “
waiting game: Just as the Heat awaits on a decision on the power ahead udonis haslem Will return for 20th season with team, Golden State Warriors have similar open-door policy to return by former Heat forward Andre Iguodala, “I Leave Andre Alone,” Warriors Coach Steve Kerro The 38-year-old told The Athletic about a possible return by Iguodala. “He knows where we stand. If he wants to come back, we’d love to have him. One thing we feel strongly about with Andre is that we want to give him whatever space and time he wants to make decisions. I am leaving him alone. Whenever he takes his decision, it is okay with us. Iguodala left the Heat last summer to return to Golden State, where he has won titles in 2015, ’17, ’18 and ’22. He appeared in 31 matches for the Warriors last season, playing less than half for the Heat in 2020-21.
Back to this: yet to play for the Los Angeles Lakers after leaving the Heat in free agency last August, Kendrick Nunn He said that he has finally recovered from a knee injury that kept him out of the game last season. “I feel great. I feel one hundred percent, to be honest,” Nunn said in an interview with Spectrum Sportsnet, “back where I’m normally playing at a higher level. The Lakers have With his off-season moves limited by the salary cap, Nunn, who opted for his $5.2 million player option for 2022-23, said last season made him appreciate the game. “Last year was a great one for me.” It was a learning process, to be honest,” he said. “I learned a lot, sitting on the sidelines just watching. The game slowed down a lot for me. I got to see things from a different perspective. So I decided Rupp took a step forward with his ability to learn the game. The Nunns’ most recent action came in a Heat Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2021 playoffs, when he scored 18 points.
Still going: Nicknamed The Scavenger during their Heat stint for a career, they worked together after moving out of Kansas State in 2013 and then began their professional career in Hungary, Rodney McGruder He is now locked in for a seventh NBA season after signing a guaranteed, one-year deal to return to the Detroit Pistons. McGruder’s winding road last season included being traded by the Pistons to the Denver Nuggets when Bol Bol failed in his Detroit physical, and then McGruder returned to close out the season with the Pistons. McGruder, 31, appeared in 51 matches last season.
$30 million+. Estimated payouts from the NBA pool for teams that fall below the luxury-tax threshold during 2022-23. The Heat, after expected signing of veteran forward udonis haslemTaxes are expected to be $200,000 less than the payroll limit at the start of the season.