For the Miami Heat, the summer of FOMO continues.
And when Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell are potential prizes, the fear of missing out is understandable.
But at some point, it also becomes a matter of getting your house in order.
Yes, the Heat have it that they’re content moving forward with a team that just lost 37-year-old PJ Tucker from a roster that stood within one win of the NBA Finals.
But even if not for the FOMO factor, potential deals are likely to be made.
The Indiana Pacers have made it abundantly clear that they are open to trading replacements, with Myles Turner one of the few remaining pieces from the team’s previous incarnation.
The Atlanta Hawks may have grown even more into a backcourt driving style, much to the chagrin of John Collins.
Harrison Barnes could be replaced by the Sacramento Kings.
The Charlotte Hornets may be ready to move beyond Gordon Hayward’s availability at times.
And Jae Crowder has used social media in a way that certainly doesn’t rule out migration.
Against this backdrop, the Hats stand out with their three obvious trading mechanisms:
— Duncan Robinson’s $16.9 million 2022-23 salary, the ballast needed to balance trades under the salary cap.
— Tyler Herro’s potential, a trade component that could entice suitors, but with a ticking clock, the 2022 NBA Sixth Man of the Year with an extended contract this offseason has effectively traded him. Removed from the market.
– First round picks. Currently able to make two deals with the Heat, potentially open up a third, and offer a fourth to No. 27 2022 first-round pick Nikola Jovic, now set to sign at his rookie scale. After one month trade is eligible. The contract
All three of these potential components would be essential in a Kevin Durant (and maybe more) package.
All three could certainly come into play for a potential deal for Mitchell.
But two permutations of the aforementioned elements might suffice into something less flashy, but something that could still provide a solid upgrade.
As for the trade elements: Robinson has already been moved to Max Strauss in the starting lineup. Hero could, at least in the short term, replace Victor Oladipo in the wing rotation if he is dealt for a big man; And the last time Pete Riley stood with his fingers crossed over a first-round pick?
But like Riley’s “one suit, one shirt, one tie” command when the Heat traveled to Dallas for two potentially close games of the 2006 NBA Finals against the Mavericks, this offseason likely A movement of matter remains. .
Now move on to a factor that fills out the starting lineup at power forward, and what hangovers the trades of Durant and Michell elsewhere could create.
Of course, Durant and Mitchell aren’t going anywhere. It’s not like Sean Marks said Durant played his last game in Brooklyn, or that’s what Danny Ainge said about Mitchell in Utah.
Crowder, in the final year of his contract, can certainly be an effective one-year stopgap, as Tucker ultimately proved.
Collins would provide the type of offensive spark missing at power forward for Erik Spoelstra in recent years, which is certainly more likely than going with Caleb Martin as the starting four.
Turner, despite his inconsistency, could stand as the perfect balance of strength for Bam Adebayo, with his 3-point stretchability and deterrence component.
As for Haywood or Barnes, that would at least fill the void created by Tucker’s free agency departure to the Philadelphia 76ers.
But make any of those moves, and there’s no follow-up avenue for Durant or Mitchell.
No, nothing to do now, in August.
And the Heat have shown from their every-game approach that wins can still be stacked early in the season with a mix-and-match lineup, even with a question mark at power forward.
But consistency also matters. And at some point, you have to embrace who you are, what you are, and what you can be.
Or you play the waiting game.
Even if it means the summer of FOMO turns into the autumn of FOMO.
In the lane
Respects paid to: During his appearance at a charity golf outing for the Toronto Raptors coach’s foundation Nick Nursethe Heat point guard Kyle Lowry Asked about the NBA legend’s legacy. Bill Russell, who died last Sunday at the age of 88. “I think it meant a lot to the African-American community in general, that’s the most important thing,” Lowry said. “He was one of those guys who stood up and pushed African-Americans to have more freedom, to say more and just be more than anything else. In basketball terms? Just incredible. One of the greatest players ever.” One, one of the greatest players to ever play the game . . . player coach, everything he could do. We wish he was still here because we want to show him more love, give him more flowers. want, and want to give him more of everything.”
The Waiting Game: Just as the Heat await a verdict on whether the Power is ahead. Udonis Haslem Returning for his 20th season with the team, the Golden State Warriors have an open door policy for the former Heat forward to return. Andre Iguodala. “I leave Andre alone,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr Iguodala, 38, told The Athletic about a possible return. “He knows where we stand. If he wants to come back, we’d love it. One thing we feel strongly about with Andre is that we have to do whatever it takes to make him come back. The space and time he wants to give. I’m leaving him alone. Whatever decision he makes is fine with us. Iguodala left the Heat last summer to return to Golden State, where he spent 2015, ’17. , won titles in ’18 and ’22. He appeared in 31 games for the Warriors last season, less than half of what he did for the Heat in 2020-21.
Back to this: Still to play for the Los Angeles Lakers after leaving the Heat in free agency last August, Kendrick Nunn He said he has finally gotten over the hamstring injury that kept him out last season. “I feel good. I honestly feel 100 percent,” Nunn said in an interview with Spectrum Sports Net, “back to where I normally play at a high level.” With the Lakers limited by the salary cap with their offseason moves, Nunn, who picked up his $5.2 million player option for 2022-23, said last season gave him an appreciation for the game. “Last year was a learning curve for me, to be honest,” he said. “I learned a lot, just sitting on the sidelines and watching. The game got too slow for me. I got to see things from a different perspective. So I definitely took a step back, just learning the game myself. With potential. 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.
Still in progress: Nicknamed The Scavenger during his hat-trick for a career that came together after going undrafted out of Kansas State in 2013 and then starting his professional career in Hungary. Rodney McGruder Now locked up for a seventh NBA season after signing a one-year guaranteed deal to return to the Detroit Pistons. McGruder’s winding road included being traded by the Pistons to the Denver Nuggets last season, after Bol Bol failed his Detroit physical, and then McGruder returning to finish the season with the Pistons. McGruder, 31, appeared in 51 games last season.
$30 million+. Estimated payments from the NBA pool for teams below the luxury tax threshold during 2022-23. The Heat, following the expected signing of the veteran forward Udonis HaslemTaxes are expected to be $200,000 below the payroll cap at the start of the season.