Caleb Martin is an answer, but does he solve the Heat riddle? – Denver Post


Q: There’s no way PJ Tucker is giving the Heat what Caleb Martin has in those last two wins (oh, and he’s 10 years younger.) The decision to let Tucker move on seems very smart. – Ray, Deerfield Beach.

A: And yet, I’m not sure that just two weeks ago the consensus was not going the other way. So be careful not to live too much in the moment. The question about Caleb Martin has never been whether he deserves to play, but rather whether he is a player who can be a starting striker on a championship contender. Even Friday, as far as Caleb realized, the Heat were also beaten by the Wizards on the offensive glass, an aspect that looked like it could decide the game. Yes, Caleb is a quality contributor. But is he the necessary complement alongside Bam Adebayo? This requires much more than a two-game, or even two-week sample. PJ Tucker was an outstanding addition.

Q: Jimmy Butler plays 30 minutes a game and he’s not Superman. He is 33 years old. – Braulio.

A: In fact, Jimmy Butler is averaging a team record 35.7 minutes per game. But, yes, he is also 33 years old. But the catch is, when Jimmy was 32, the Heat decided it was safe to sign him to a four-year, $184 million extension. So there was definitely an expectation of availability. Maybe that knee pain is a blow the Heat have passed. And maybe those hellish ankle problems are a thing of the past (even though he refuses to bind his ankles and isn’t contractually obligated to do so). But it doesn’t set up as a season where load management is so manageable for the Heat in Eastern Conference competition. As it stands, they are already in catch-up mode.

Q: Ira, can the Heat bring Orlando Robinson back? -Orlando.

A: Yes, two-way contracts remain interchangeable throughout the season. But the number of NBA days remaining on such a two-way contract is pro-rated by season. But for now, Orlando Robinson is once again free to be signed by any NBA team, just like the Pistons signed Micah Potter out of the Heat’s G League roster last season.



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