The Miami Heat have been here before, at the intersection of Kyrie Irving and the All-Star guard’s wandering eye for something different.
So after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Boston Celtics and then the Celtics for the Brooklyn Nets, Irving has now been linked to several other NBA destinations, including the Heat.
At a contract crossroads that can see him opt out by the end of the month on the final season’s $36.9 million of his Nets contract, or come back and get a massive extension, Irving’s saga took a twist ahead of Thursday’s NBA Draft.
It was then that Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported: “If Kyrie Irving can’t come to an agreement to stay with Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he would like them to consider. to sign and trade, including Lakers, Clippers, Knicks, Heat, Mavs and 76ers.None of those teams have space to sign him without help from the Nets.
For the Heat to get into the corresponding salary range needed for Irving would require one of Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler or Bam Adebayo to be part of such a deal.
A package from Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro would leave the Heat shy of the $27.7 million needed in outgoing salary unless several small Heat salaries are also included.
Irving has had an uneven run with the Nets, as The Athletic reported on Thursday that Brooklyn forward Kevin Durant may also be rethinking his time with the Nets.
The Heat had been linked to Irving before he both moved to the Celtics and Nets.
During an appearance on ESPN in 2017, Butler mentioned Irving as one of the NBA players he would most like to play with. These comments came while Butler was a member of the Chicago Bulls.
“I love Kyrie’s game, man,” Butler said at the time. “And he’s a really good guy.”
Butler was also the Heat’s main promoter when he added Lowry last summer.
It’s been four years since Chet Kammerer quit as the Heat’s pointer in the NBA draft. But the influence remained as the team prepared for Thursday night trials.
After adding the Kammerer title to his current role as Heat assistant general manager, Adam Simon said the Kammerer model continues as part of the team process.
“He’s had a huge impact on what we do here and how I do things,” Simon said, with Kammerer, now a senior adviser, among those in the team’s draft room Thursday night at the FTX Arena.
While Kammerer had a reputation for identifying potential projects that others overlooked, Simon said he was working to his own strengths.
“I can’t do some of the things that Chet does,” Simon said. “My job is actually different. I spend a lot of time doing things with my strengths, working with agents and dealing with other people.
“But Chet had such attention to detail and I think that certainly rubbed off on all of us who worked under him and with him those years. Just the way he approached projects and assignments. Very creative mind trying to gather information.
With Kammerer being with the Heat since 1996, the influence on Heat scouting leaders such as Keith Askins and Eric Amsler has been significant.
“We used what he shared with us all these years,” Simon said. “I think Eric and Keith, myself, we still have a lot of forms and sheets and processes that he’s been using all these years, and then you end up putting your own little spin on things.”
After appearing alongside friend and international soccer star Paul Pogba in last weekend’s ‘Beautiful Game’ celebrity soccer game at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the Heat’s Butler then joined Pogba in a similar event this week in Guinea.
Butler was joined on the pitch during the game in Africa by singer Akon, among others.
Butler has long spoken of his friendship with Pogba and hosted him at the Heat game at the FTX Arena.