For the Miami Heat, FOMO summer continues.
And when Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell are the potential prizes, the fear of getting lost is understandable.
But at some point, it also becomes a matter of arranging your home.
Yes, the Heat said they were content to move forward with a team that only lost 37-year-old PJ Tucker from a roster that held out for one victory in the NBA Finals.
But potential deals are also likely if it weren’t for the FOMO factor.
The Indiana Pacers have made it clear that they are open to business of change, with Miles Turner one of the few remaining pieces from the team’s previous incarnation.
The Atlanta Hawks have switched to a backcountry driving approach, perhaps to the horror of John Collins.
The Sacramento Kings reshuffle could leave Harrison Barnes far away.
The Charlotte Hornets may be ready to move on from the sometimes accessible reality of Gordon Hayward.
And Jay Crowder has used social media in a way that certainly doesn’t rule out relocation.
Against these backgrounds, The Heat stands by its three very obvious business mechanisms:
Duncan Robinson’s salary of $16.9 million from 2022 to 23, the amount needed to balance trades under the salary cap.
The potential of Tyler Herro, a trade item that could entice suitors, but one on the clock, with an extension agreement with the NBA Sixth Man of the Year for 2022, effectively removing him from the trade market.
First round picks. With The Heat currently able to handle two, they will likely be able to open a third deal, and able to offer a fourth in the 27th person 2022 in the first round with the selection of Nikola Jovic, who is now eligible to trade one month after being signed to the rookie scale . a necklace.
These three potential ingredients will likely be a must in a package for Kevin Durant (and maybe more).
All three could certainly play a role in a potential deal for Mitchell.
But substitutions involving a couple of the above might suffice in something a little less flashy, but something that can still provide a solid upgrade.
For items of trade: Robinson has already been replaced with a move to Max Strus in the starting lineup; Herro could, in the short term at least, be replaced by Victor Oladipo in the wing rotation if he was dealt to a big man; And the last time Pat Riley stood with her fingers crossed was in the first round, when?
But much like the “one suit, one shirt, one tie” decree when the Heat traveled to Dallas for two potential 2006 NBA Finals games against the Mavericks, there is likely one substantial move likely leaving this Heat season out. season.
Thus, the FOMO.
Now move to an item that fills the starting lineup at the power forward, and Durant and Michele deals elsewhere could produce what-if hangovers.
Of course, Durant and Mitchell may not be going anywhere. It’s not like Shawn Marks said Durant played his last game in Brooklyn, or that Danny Aing said the same about Mitchell in Utah.
Sure enough, Crowder, in the final year of his contract, could be an effective one-year temp, similar to what Tucker ultimately proved.
Collins will provide the kind of offensive spark lost in recent years in power forward to Eric Spoelstra, and certainly more potential in that regard than going with Caleb Martin as a starter four.
Turner, even with his indecisiveness, may stand as the perfect balance of power for Pam Adebayo, with his 3-point element of deterrence and deterrence.
As for Haywood or Barnes, it will at least address the void created by the departure of Tucker’s Free Agency to the Philadelphia 76ers.
But make any of those moves, and there’s no way to follow up on Durant or Mitchell.
No, there is nothing to be done at the moment, in August.
And The Heat has shown with their approach in every game that early-season wins can still be stacked with mix-and-match lineups, even with a question mark on strength ahead.
But continuity is also important. And at some point, you have to know who you are, what you are, and what you can be.
Or play the waiting game.
Even if it means FOMO summer turns into FOMO fall.
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Paid expenses: Appearing at a charity golf outing to founding the Toronto Raptors coach nurse nicktemperature point guard Kyle Lowry Asked about the legacy of the NBA legend Bill RussellHe passed away last Sunday at the age of 88. “I think it meant a lot to the African American community in general, and that’s the most important thing,” Lowry said. “He was one of those guys who kind of stood up and pushed for African Americans to have more freedom, to say more and be more of everything. Basketball wisdom? Just incredible. One of the greatest athletes, one of the greatest players that ever played. This game is absolutely…a coach player, all he was able to do. We wish he was still here because we want to show him more love, give him more flowers, give him more of everything.”
Waiting game: Just as the Heat team is waiting for a decision on whether to deliver the force Udonis Haslam Returning for season 20 with the team, the Golden State Warriors are following the same open door policy for the return of the former Heat striker Andre Iguodala. Warriors coach ‘leave Andre alone’ Steve Care He told The Athletic about a potential return for Iguodala, 38. “He knows where we stand. If he wants to come back, we’d love to have him with him. The only thing we feel strong with Andre is we want to give him any space and time he needs to make a decision. I’ll leave him alone.” When he makes his decision, that’s fine with us.” Iguodala left last summer for Golden State, where he won titles in 2015, 17, 18 and 22. He made 31 appearances for the Warriors last season, less than half he played for the Heat in the 2020-2021 season.
again at that: Having played for the Los Angeles Lakers after leaving the Heat last August on free agency, Kendrick Nan He said he finally got over the knee bone bruise that kept him out all last season. “I feel great. I feel a hundred percent, to be honest, going back to where I usually play at a high level,” Nunn said in an interview with Spectrum SportsNet. At $5.2 million for 2022-23, last season made him appreciate the game. “Last year has been a learning process for me, to be honest,” he said. “I learned a lot, I just sat on the sidelines watching. The game has slowed down a lot for me. I got to see things from a different perspective. So I definitely took a step, just with my ability to learn the game.” Nunn’s latest act came in Heat’s Game 4 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the 2021 playoffs, when he scored 18 points.
Still ongoing: Nicknamed The Scavenger during his time in Heat for a career he brought together after dropping out of Kansas State in 2013 and then starting his career in Hungary, Rodney McGruder Now closed for the seventh NBA season after signing a guaranteed one-year deal to return to the Detroit Pistons. McGruder’s winding road involved being traded last season by the Pistons to the Denver Nuggets, seeing that deal canceled when the Detroit Bolt failed physical, then McGruder back to close the season with the Pistons. McGruder, 31, made 51 appearances last season.
$30 million+. Estimated revenue from NBA total for teams that remain below the luxury tax threshold during 2022-23. The Heat, after the expected signing of the veteran striker Udonis Haslamis expected to be $200,000 less than the tax pay threshold at the start of the season.