Heat linked to Kyrie Irving’s latest roving eye in the NBA as Nets situation gets confusing

The Miami Heat have been here before, at the intersection of Kyrie Irving and the wandering eye of an All-Star defenseman looking for something else.

So, after leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Boston Celtics and then the Celtics for the Brooklyn Nets, Irving is now linked to several other NBA avenues, including the Heat.

At a contracting crossroads that could see him forfeit $36.9 million in his last season with the Nets by the end of the month or come back and secure a significant extension, Irving’s saga took a turn ahead of the NBA draft on Thursday.

That’s when ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski revealed, “If Kyrie Irving can’t come to an agreement to stay in Brooklyn, he has a list of teams he’d like them to consider signing and trading, including Lakers, Clippers,” Nix.” Heat, Mavs and 76ers. None of those teams have the option of signing him without the help of the Nets.

For The Heat to fit Irving’s required salary range would require one from Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler or Bam Adebayo to be part of such a deal.

The Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro package will leave the Heat without the required $27.7 million in outgoing salaries, unless several smaller Heat salaries are included.

Irving has had an uneven relationship with the Nets, to the point that Athletic reported on Thursday that Brooklyn winger Kevin Durant could also rethink his time with the Nets.

The Heat were linked with Irving before he 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 alongside. These comments were made while Butler was a member of the Chicago Bulls.

“I love Kyrie’s acting, man,” Butler said at the time. And he’s a really good dude.

Butler was also the main proponent for the Heat to add Lowry last summer.

Kammerer blow

It’s been four years since Chet Kammerer stepped down as head of the Heat in the NBA draft. But the impact remained as the team geared up for Thursday night’s election.

Adam Simon, after adding the Kammerer title to his current position as assistant general manager of the Heat, said the Kammerer model remains part of the team’s workflow.

“He’s had a huge impact on what we do here and how I do it,” Simon said, along with Kammerer, now a senior advisor, among those in the team’s draft room Thursday night on FTX. arena.

While Kammerer had a reputation for spotting promising projects that others overlooked, Simon said he works to his strengths.

“I can’t do some of the things Chet does,” Simon said. “My job is really different. I spend a lot of time playing to my strengths, working with agents and talking to other people.

“But Chet had such great attention to detail, and I think it certainly reflected on all of us who worked under and with him over the years. Just the way he approached projects and assignments. A very creative mind trying to gather information.

Since Kammerer had been with the Heat since 1996, the influence on the Heat’s intelligence chiefs, such as Keith Askins and Eric Amsler, was significant.

“We used what he shared with us all these years,” Simon said. “I think with Eric and Keith, we still have a lot of the molds and sheets and processes that he’s been using all these years and you end up making your own little changes.”

His beats

After appearing alongside friend and international soccer star Paul Pogba at the Beautiful Game celebrity soccer game held last weekend at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the Heat’s butler then joined Pogba for a similar event this week in Guinea.

Butler was joined on the field in the match in Africa, in particular, by the singer Akon.

Butler has long talked about his friendship with Pogba and hosted him at the Heat game at the FTX Arena.


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