Q: Era, can the Jazz turn around and flip Kelly Olynyk? I’ve always been a fan of his work with the Celtics and the Heat. – Net.
A: Not only could they, but I see no reason why they wouldn’t, I don’t think the Jazz are on a path that would require the services of a 31-year-old big man. And, yes, Kelly Olynyk was one of the better pairings for the Heat after Bam Adebayo started. But, as has been the case with many concerns this offseason, there are also challenging salary aspects, with Kelly owed $12.8 million this season and then $12.2 million of that salary for 2023-24. Only $3 million is guaranteed. At this point, with so many trade-barriers signed this offseason by the Heat (Victor Oladipo, Dwayne Dedmon, Caleb Martin) it would be difficult to make a package with Duncan Robinson or Tyler Herro right now. And I can’t see Utah going through the remaining four years on Duncan’s contract, or hat-flipping Tyler Kelly. So, yes, an interesting option to advance the circulation of electricity, but also no clear path towards such an achievement.
Q: Hello, Ira. There’s been a lot of talk about Tyler Herro starting and Victor Oladipo possibly being our new sixth man. Given his ability to put the ball in the hole and play decent defense, why isn’t Max Strus considered for the role? This would still allow Tyler to start and not put the burden of defending and scoring on a player returning from injury. – Eddie
A: First, Victor Oladipo is a superior wing defender for Max Strauss, especially against opposing point guards. But beyond that, I’m still not sure Max doesn’t stay in the starting lineup. It’s an approach that helped the Heat advance to within a game of last season’s NBA Finals, and in recent years Erik Spoelstra has preferred the 3-point specialist in his starting lineups, even if Max or Duncan Robinson. And now, with PJ Tucker gone, there may be an even greater need for a 3-point specialist in the top five.
Q: A team being the same or worse is a lazy analysis by many fans. Bam Adebayo still has or should have at least three or two or more growth next season. He will then be what he will always be. And Tyler Hero has another four to five years of development. I have more faith in the hero mentality and self-confidence to reach his maximum than Bam. Bam is very much in over his head at this stage. – David, Miami.
A: And that’s the thing about the Heat’s development program, it’s not just about finding potential, it’s about maturing that development. Think about how far Dwyane Wade has come with his game, or even how far Bam Adebayo has come. As Erik Spoelstra says, the work never ends.