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Will Summer of FOMO make the most of the heat?  – Denver Post

For the Miami Heat, the summer of FOMO continues.

And when Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell are the potential prizes, the fear of missing out is understandable.

But at some point, it’s also about getting your house in order.

Yes, the Heat know they’re content to move forward with a team that only lost 37-year-old PJ Tucker from a roster that stood less than a victory from the Finals. NBA.

But there are also likely potential deals to be struck if not for the FOMO factor.

The Indiana Pacers have made it clear they are open to change, with Myles Turner being one of the few remaining from the team’s previous incarnation.

The Atlanta Hawks moved to an even more backcourt driving-focused approach, perhaps to the dismay of John Collins.

The Sacramento Kings reshuffle could leave Harrison Barnes reshuffled.

The Charlotte Hornets could be on their way out of Gordon Hayward’s sometimes available reality.

And Jae Crowder has used social media in a way that certainly doesn’t rule out offshoring.

Against these backdrops stand the Heat with their three obvious trade mechanics:

– Duncan Robinson’s $16.9 million 2022-23 salary, ballast needed to balance trades below the salary cap.

— Tyler Herro’s potential, a trade component that could attract suitors, but one on a clock, with an extension deal with the 2022 NBA Sixth Man of the Year this offseason effectively taking him out of the trade market.

— First-round pick. With the Heat currently able to deal with two, potentially able to unlock a third and able to offer a fourth in the person of 2022 No. 27 first-round pick Nikola Jovic, who is now eligible for trade. a month after signing his rookie ladder contract.

These three potential components would probably be needed in a package for Kevin Durant (and maybe even more).

The three could certainly come into play for a possible deal for Mitchell.

But swaps involving two of the aforementioned might suffice for something less shiny, but something that could still provide a robust upgrade.

As for the business elements: Robinson has already been replaced by the switch to Max Strus in the starting lineup; Herro, at least in the short term, can be replaced by Victor Oladipo in the wing rotation if treated for a big man; and the last time Pat Riley held his fingers tight on a first-round pick was when?

But much like Riley’s “one suit, one shirt, one tie” edict when the Heat traveled to Dallas for two potential 2006 NBA Finals closing games against the Mavericks, there likely remains substantial movement. for the Heat this offseason.

So, FOMO.

Move now for an item that completes the starting lineup at the vanguard, and Durant and Michell’s trades elsewhere could produce a hypothetical hangover.

Of course Durant and Mitchell might not be going anywhere. It’s not like Sean Marks said Durant played his last game in Brooklyn, or Danny Ainge said the same about Mitchell in Utah.

Crowder, in the final year of his contract, could certainly be an effective one-year stopgap, similar to what Tucker ultimately turned out to be.

Collins would provide the type of offensive spark lacking in recent years in power forward for Erik Spoelstra, certainly more potential in that regard than going with Caleb Martin as the starting four.

Turner, even with his inconsistency, could be the perfect balance of power for Bam Adebayo, with his 3-point stretch and deterrence component.

As for Haywood or Barnes, that would at least fill the void created by Tucker’s free agency move to the Philadelphia 76ers.

But make any of those moves, and no follow-up possibilities for Durant or Mitchell.

No, nothing to do for the moment, in August.

And the Heat have shown with their approach to every game that wins can still be stacked early in the season with mixed rosters, even with a question mark at the forefront.

But continuity matters too. And at some point you have to figure out who you are, what you are, and what you can be.

Or you are playing the waiting game.

Even if that means summer of FOMO turns into fall of FOMO.

IN THE WAY

RESPECTS PAID: While appearing at the charity golf outing for the Toronto Raptors Coach’s Foundation Nick Nurseheat point protector Kyle Lowry was asked about the NBA legend’s legacy Bill Russell, who died aged 88 last Sunday. “I think he meant a lot to the African-American community in general, that’s the biggest thing,” Lowry said. “He was one of those guys who stood up and kind of pushed African Americans to have more freedom, more to say, and just to be more of everything. On the basketball side? Just amazing. One of the greatest athletes, one of the greatest players to ever play this game. . player-coach, everything he could do. We wish he was still around because we want to show him more love, give him more flowers, and give him more of everything.

GAME OF PATIENCE: Just as the Heat await a decision on whether the power forward Udonis Haslem will return for a 20th season with the team, the Golden State Warriors have the same open-door policy for a return of the former Heat forward Andre Iguodala. “I leave André alone”, coach of the Warriors Steve Kerr told The Athletic of a potential return for Iguodala, 38. “He knows where we are. If he wants to come back, we’d love to have him. The one thing we care about with Andre is that we want to give him all the space and time he needs to make a decision. I leave him alone. Every time he makes his decision, it suits us. Iguodala left the Heat last summer to return to Golden State, where he won titles in 2015, ’17, ’18 and ’22. He played 31 games for the Warriors last season, less than half of what he played for the Heat in 2020-21.

BACK TO THIS: Still playing for the Los Angeles Lakers after leaving the Heat last August in free agency, Kendrick Nunn said he was finally over the knee bruise that kept him out all last season. “I feel good. I feel one hundred percent, to be honest,” Nunn said in an interview with Spectrum SportsNet, “back to where I normally play at a high level. With the Lakers limited with their movement out season by salary cap, Nunn, who picked up his $5.2 million player option for 2022-23, said last season made him appreciate the game. “To be honest, last year has been a learning process for me,” he said. “I learned a lot, sitting on the sidelines just watching. The game slowed down a lot for me. I was able to see things from another angle. So I definitely took a step, just with my ability to learn the game.” Nunn’s most recent action came in the Heat’s Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2021 playoffs, when he scored 18 points.

ONGOING: Nicknamed The Scavenger during his Heat tenure for the career he cobbled together after leaving Kansas State in 2013 and then starting his pro career in Hungary, Rodney McGruder is now locked into a seventh NBA season after signing a one-year guaranteed contract to return to the Detroit Pistons. McGruder’s winding road included last season’s trade from the Pistons to the Denver Nuggets, seeing that deal rescinded when Bol Bol failed his Detroit physique, and then McGruder returned to close out the season with the Pistons. McGruder, 31, played 51 games last season.

NUMBER

$30 million+. Estimated NBA pool payout for teams that remain below the luxury tax threshold in 2022-23. The Heat, after the expected signing of the veteran striker Udonis Haslemshould be $200,000 below the tax payroll threshold at the start of the season.

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