It’s the annual call to action, with Dec. 15 being the first day most players signed in the offseason can be traded. It’s also perhaps the most overrated date on the NBA staff calendar.
In perspective, consider that in the Miami Heat’s previous 34 seasons, the team never traded in December. Already.
For that matter, the NBA trade market tends to remain nearly silent until at least the January 10 deadline for all contracts to be secured or the NBA’s mid-February trading deadline.
Part of that is because teams are still evaluating their own talent, especially now that the qualifying round opens playoff possibilities to 10 of the 15 teams in each conference.
And part of that is the trade restrictions that can often render Dec. 15 moot, or, for that matter, almost any other day on the NBA staff schedule.
Since July, the Heat have signed seven players who are currently on the roster. Of these seven, only two are affected by the December 15 trade eligibility date.
Victor Oladipo: Players who receive more than a 20% raise when re-signing as a free agent using their bird rights cannot be traded until January 15, a month later than otherwise signed free agents. during the offseason.
Because Oladipo went from earning $2.4 million in 2021-22 to $8.8 million this season, he falls into that category.
Beyond that, because players on one-year contracts with Bird Rights cannot be traded without their permission, Oladipo, who holds a player option for 2023-24, should either allow a trade without his permission, or grant a commercial authorization. and relinquish its bird rights in the future.
Dewayne Dedmon: The Heat are in a somewhat similar situation with Dedmon, who also can’t be dealt with until Jan. 15.
Dedmon also passed the 20% raise threshold to be eligible for the Dec. 15 trade, going from a salary of $2.4 million in 2021-22 to $4.7 million this season.
Dedmon’s contract differs from Oladipo’s contract in that the second season, at $4.3 million for 2023-24, is not guaranteed. For this reason, it can be processed from January 15 without needing his permission.
Caleb Martin: Martin is eligible to trade from December 15.
Although Martin also received a significant three-year salary increase of $20.4 million that he signed in July, from last season’s NBA minimum to $6.5 million for this season, he was signed using part of the mid-level exception, rather than Bird Rights. So that means it can be processed from next week and in the future.
Udonis Haslem: Returning for a 20th season, re-signed at the veteran minimum, Haslem also becomes trade-eligible on Dec. 15.
Although Haslem didn’t re-sign until August 23, he is still three months away from signing on August 23. The NBA rule is that a player (who has no other restrictions) cannot be distributed for three months or until December 15, whichever is later.
Nikola Jovic: The rules for draft picks are different, allowed to be distributed one month after they are signed.
Jovic, selected at No. 27 in June, was signed on July 2 and has been eligible to trade since August. He is also allowed to be traded while on assignment in the G League.
Jamal Cain: The rules are different with two-way contracts, with players such as Cain eligible to be dealt a month after signing.
With Cain signed on July 15, he has been eligible to trade since mid-August.
Dr. Smith: Additionally, on a two-way deal, Smith didn’t sign his current contract until November 25. It is therefore not eligible to trade before December 25th.
Other Restrictions: Due to his $130 million, four-year extension agreed to with Tyler Herro in October, a deal that doesn’t begin until 2023-24, Herro can’t effectively be included in any trade that requires matching wages through July. .
The other Heat trade restriction involves Bam Adebayo, who cannot be dealt to a team that has already acquired a player on a similar designated maximum extension, such as the Brooklyn Nets with Ben Simmons.
IN THE WAY
FAMILY TIES: Last weekend proved particularly meaningful for the Heat’s two assistant coaches Anthony Carter and his son Devin Carter, guard at Providence College. Not only did Anthony Carter get to enjoy his son’s win over Rhode Island the night after the Heat won in Boston, but Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry followed the game when Devin Carter closed with 10 points, three rebounds and three assists, “It meant a lot because it shows they love my dad too. They respect my dad enough to come see me play,” Devin Carter said according to the Woonsocket Call. “It was a big blessing because I don’t see my dad too much, especially during the season. I just want to enjoy every time I see it. At the end of the day, he’s the guy I look up to. He brought me to where I am right now. It meant a lot that he was here.
ONE STEP FORWARD: When the Heat’s first road game was a loss to the Indiana Pacers, it was thought at the time in October that the Heat had managed to fall to a team determined to maximize the lottery odds. When the Heat return Monday night to Gainbridge Fieldhouse, it will be against a surprisingly competitive remaining opponent. “We’ve all heard these kinds of notions that we were the worst or one of the worst teams in the league,” the rookie said. Andre Nembhard, the former Florida Gator and Gonzaga guard, told the Indianapolis Star. “I think we just have a lot of competitors.”
PAT RILEY 2.0? : With the former Heat forward james jones recently promoted to president of the Phoenix Suns, coach Monty Williams joked about the universal powers of the former University of Miami star. “He transformed the organization, as you mean. He can get rid of me anytime he wants now. Probably the best way to look at it,” Williams joked, according to the Arizona Republic. “I just think it’s a big enough step for him and just happy for him and [wife] Fate and children. They were pretty settled where they were and for him to be able to move them to Phoenix and be such a big part of everything that happened, just happy for him.
RESPECT PAID: Even with their lackluster record, the Heat seemingly continue to hold their opponents’ respect as something far more legitimate. This was again the case on Thursday, when the Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George said his team simply made too many mistakes against a team of the Heat’s quality. “Too many breakdowns against a team like this where it was like a pass, bucket or we just fell asleep, no assist side [defense]said George, according to the Los Angeles Times. “These points we can’t give to a good team and I thought that was the game.”
EMPATHY OFFERED: Amid his team’s injury troubles, the Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said he also liked what the Clippers were up against. “I see so many similarities with us and the Clippers,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that we both have the same points differential. Both teams faced rotating lineups. They have great depth. So I tend to watch them. Every time I come home to the west coast games, for some reason, I’m drawn to them. And they’ve had different guys come forward when they’ve had guys. And those guys gained confidence and they were able to have great nights.
20. months since Kawhi Leonard last games played on consecutive nights, April 8 and 9 at the end of the 2020-21 season. Leonard missed the Los Angeles Clippers’ Thursday night loss to the Heat at FTX Arena after going 30:12 in a Wednesday night road loss to the Orlando Magic.