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Will Heat’s patience provide a powerful reward?  – Denver Post

Q: OK, I’m trying to secure the “whale”, but while you wait, players who could help the team (and make up for the loss of PJ Tucker, our splicer) are being signed elsewhere. Hopefully we won’t be left without a power forward who can help replace what we lost in PJ. I was hoping for Otto Porter or Jae Crowder, if they’re available. Teams stepped forward (Celtics, Bucks, 76ers) and left us behind. And I know Jimmy Butler can’t be happy losing PJ – Cheryl, Fort Lauderdale.

A: And you know what else. . . we’re two days into free agency. (I was considering ending that previous sentence with an exclamation mark, but didn’t mean to sound rude.) While the choices might be slim on the list of freelance agents, there’s a whole other world out there in the trading market. . , a market that does not have the same temporal elements as free agency. In fact, a trade might not happen until December 15, when players who signed as free agents can be traded, or until the NBA’s trade deadline in February. The first move is not always the best move. There are plenty of quality players with designs to make it to Miami. Many of them end up getting there. But not all the first or second day of free will. In that case, it’s a bit early for outrage. Doubt Andy Elisburg’s fine wit at your peril.

Q: Ira, the Hawks and Celtics have improved on paper; the heat seems to have gotten worse or at best stayed the same. – Joel.

A: Yes, other teams won on June 30 and July 1. I also don’t recall a trophy being presented on either date. I know patience is hard, but we’re only into the first quarter of the personal game. At the moment, it’s like having lost 10 points after eight minutes of play.

Q: Is it due to their cap limits or are they going all-in on a sign and trade from Kevin Durant or Donovan Mitchell? What if that never materialized either? Aren’t the Heat playing with fire with the possibility of being burned, especially since teams like Boston and Sixers are now better. Trust the Godfather, some Heat fans like to say, but it’s so hard to stay confident with so much going on elsewhere. – Victor, Miramar.

A: Why, yes, we have a theme here today. And, yes, it’s because of the types of names you mentioned. Honestly, what if the Heat got a quality player just because they were careful enough to avoid the hard cap? Would there be outrage then? Let’s see how it goes. . . throughout the trading deadline.


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