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Did Heat learn their lessons from Kevin Durant? – Denver Post

Q: Ira, I find it almost ridiculous when Heat fans are still talking about being able to now be in a better position a year or two later to finally land the whale (Kevin Durant) by having Tyler Herro’s new contract with maybe being Duncan Robinson and all the rest. Kevin Durant is now 34 years old. I just don’t see a big upside to signing him when he’s 35 or 36 for a huge contract. I don’t think it’s worth it. I think that time is over now. If it was going to be done, it had to happen this year. Am I wrong? -Brent, Wellington.

A: Well, as the saying goes: fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me. In that case, it could be argued that Kevin Durant has already cheated on the Heat twice, between the Heat’s initial courtship in 2018 in free agency, before Durant joined the Warriors, and then the waiting game this summer, before Durant chose to call off his trade. request and stay with the Nets. As it stands, Kevin is under contract this season and three more after that, so it’s not like anyone is going to write him a new contract anytime soon. Still, if the Nets are off to a rocky start, who knows where Durant’s trading whims might lead the way? What you can no longer do is wait for him as a saviour. This must be a lesson learned.

Q: It begins to understand why Erik Spoelstra prefers speed range to high range. Defensively, the big range isn’t as switchable and generally seems like a step back. Is there still a place for the big formation in this team? Teams like Milwaukee, Cleveland and Boston have big lineups and they make it work defensively. – Swann.

A: The thing is, you make things work when it comes to your best players. So the Heat moving towards a more “drop” approach with her center protecting the lane will ultimately come down to how much she likes Omer Yurtseven. There was a time when the Heat liked Hassan Whiteside so much that they adopted the drop as their base defense. Then Whiteside was no longer considered valuable so they changed the approach to change everything with Bam Adebayo. With Brook Lopez in Milwaukee and Jarrett Allen in Cleveland, it’s all about playing to the strengths of their best defensemen.

Q: Although there has been constant concern about the Heat’s competitor activity in the offseason and how inactive we have been, I have become convinced that the growth of Omer Yurtseven, coupled with a Victor Healthy and highly talented Oladipo, who excels at both ends of the court, and whom the team trusted enough to sign a two-year, $18.2 million contract, along with a full roster and the opportunity to add another veteran during the season, is realistic justification for being optimistic that we are not just a playoff team, but in the mix for a trip to the Finals. – Bill, Palm Beach Gardens.

A: Beyond the possibility of an execution sentence, I think you may be overstating the importance of Omer Yurtseven and Victor Oladipo in the grand scheme of 2022-23. The fate of the Heat, once again, will more than likely be centered on the contributions of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo, Kyle Lowry and Tyler Herro. As they go, so goes the heat. As things stand, it’s been an uneven start to the pre-season with Omer, while Victor is yet to take the pitch in the pre-season. So everything about them at the moment is based on guesswork.

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