Q: Jae Crowder doesn’t seem happy in Phoenix. Is it time for a reunion? – Theo.
A: Well, it’s certainly been an interesting few days regarding Jae Crowder’s Twitter account. First, on Monday, the former Heat forward tweeted, “Change is inevitable.. Growth is optional.!! I believe it’s time for a change… I want to keep growing!” Then he hit his like button on a month-old tweet I posted about how he could potentially emerge as a candidate to replace PJ Tucker. As for the math, Jae’s Pass is owed $10.2 million in the final year of a three-year contract this coming season after he signed to leave the Heat in 2020 free agency after helping lead the Heat to the 2020 NBA Finals. With no cap space available and a trade exception lacking, they would have to send matching salary for such a trade. And that math doesn’t exist unless the Suns sign Duncan Robinson (who is also a necessary chip for a potentially big deal). ) or be ready to compete with Tyler Hero (which isn’t happening). In fact, unless Victor Oladipo becomes eligible for a midseason trade, the numbers don’t seem to work. Then again, Andy Ellsberg has a knack for doing all the math.
Q: Hello, Ira. If you had to choose between Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro in a trade, who would you pick? – Massoud, Tucson, Ariz.
A: It doesn’t matter who I choose. The Heat have made their priority in negotiations clear, with Tyler Hero at least one talking point and Bam Adebayo kept off the table by at least one influential member of the organization. But the choice may not be necessary, and the choice, as is often repeated in this space, may be as simple as keeping both and therefore beyond the Jimmy Butler-Kyle Lowry era. Being a foundation for the future.
Q: It tells you everything, when the biggest summer news this summer is Jimmy Butler’s new hairstyle. – Greg, Jacksonville.
A: Sometimes it’s not just about the summer splash. The 2019 offseason left Jimmy Butler in a pinch for salary cap space. There was hardly a 2020 offseason (due to a pandemic-altered schedule), but it was when Bam Adebayo was signed to his max extension. Then came last summer, and the plans to add Kyle Lowry this summer, the biggest ticket item for Hatwell could be the Tyler Hero extension.