Why does the heat need to be patient for another six months

Watching their Eastern Conference rivals strengthen themselves this summer, the Heat showed remarkable patience, clinging to his core assets in hopes of ripping off a star and refusing to give up any of those prized assets a player might make for a little, but not noticeably. , better.

But now, amid the hum of some impatient fans – and the Celtics adding Malcolm Brugdon and Danilo Gallinari here and the 76ers getting PJ Tucker and De’Anthony Melton there – the Heat must show not only impressive patience, but also very impatient, ready to resist whatever Urges to take a step that you may regret.

And with Tyler Herro, that can get uncomfortable.

Our unsolicited advice: If there’s a strong striker – heck, any player – available that will make you somewhat better, but not likely to be the better team in the East, don’t do it if it means dealing with draft picks in the round The first thing you must do is be dear as gold.

Don’t do it if it means giving up Herro in a deal.

Here’s why: How would The Heat feel if they hired a senior manager for Miles Turner, then a disgruntled superstar became available in February, and The Heat lacked draft picks for a competitive bid?

How would you feel if Miami replaced a first-round player for a good forward power, and then Kevin Durant eventually told the Nets he wasn’t going to Boston – which I reported as offering Jaylen Brown, Derek White and a first-round pick – topping Herro’s Heat package, contracts and three-round picks first? (And who knows what Durant is thinking?)

If there’s a player who is clearly raising your team from very good to championship level – like Durant or Donovan Mitchell – jump on them. Relax with all your choices from the first round available.

But don’t do that, certainly not pre-season, to a Jay Crowder or a Turner or a player who doesn’t make you think.”Now that’s a championship team.”

No tournament was won in December or January. If the Heat can’t get Durant or Mitchell – and the odds are against both – no need to trade a player’s valuable assets it might just be a modest improvement over Caleb Martin in power forward in Eric Spoelstra’s center-free squad.

See what’s available before the February trading deadline. New opportunities always emerge during the long winter, the kind of temptations of trade deadlines that The Heat has exploited in past years with Tim Hardaway, Goran Dragic, Crowder and Victor Oladipo.

But if The Heat takes this very patient approach, there is one uncomfortable decision looming: because an extension of a player’s contract with a rookie makes that player Not physically tradable until the end of the next season, Keep in mind that giving Herro a lucrative extension before the mid-October deadline would wipe out Heat’s most attractive real-world trading assets until next July.

What if The Heat extended Herro by the deadline and a star requested a deal in February, and the Heat lacked the assets to acquire it because he extended Herro?

Now let’s be clear: Herro deserves an extension. His work ethic, exceptional offensive skills and team-first approach should be rewarded, and a four-year extension and $100 million or so are justified.

But extending it also removes Miami’s best trading chip from playing in a league where we expected the unexpected.

What if a very good player suddenly asks for a deal in January? Like Damian Lillard in Portland, Bradley Beal in Washington, Zion Williamson in New Orleans, or D’Aaron Fox and Damontas Sabonis in Sacramento? (Let’s be clear that all of these players seem happy to be in their place.)

Does The Heat want to position itself in a position where Herro is off the table for an entire season, or a future first-round pick handed out for a modest upgrade in power rotation?

It is important to note that The Heat is not at risk of losing Herro if it exceeds extension. Since Herro can be “only” a restricted free agent in 11 months, Miami can match any bid for him next summer, as Phoenix did with DeAndre Ayton.

So if The Heat wants absolute flexibility, tell Herro you love it. Tell him you appreciate him. Tell him that next summer you will give him more money than he can spend in three stages. But he also told him that extending it would limit the Heat’s flexibility in such a way that the team would realistically be out of play for the next superstar that became available.

I hope you understand.

If he doesn’t, watch an angry and driven Herro try to prove to you in every match why he’s even worth over $100 million.

Although this organization has made uncomfortable choices over the years – like deciding to let Dwyane Wade run a contract dispute – I’m not sure the Heat team would have the desire to make Herro wait.

After all, The Heat extended the contracts of their junior players without resuming Herro, specifically Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson. Hit extended Pam Adebayo though he eliminated the possibility of freeing up enough space to sign Giannis Antetokounmue, who ended up extending with Milwaukee before hitting free agency.

So I would be surprised if the heat asked Herro to stand aside for another 11 months.

Would we recommend Hit to be patient forever, waiting for a star that may never arrive? of course not.

But if The Heat can’t reach a star, waiting before the trade deadline to upgrade your team seems reasonable and wise. Give yourself more time to see what All Stars are becoming unhappy in October, November, December, January and early February.

And remember this: regrets giving up goods that could have been invested in an elite player will dwarf any passing satisfaction of using your best currency to get something that only incrementally improves your team.

This story was originally published July 28, 2022, 4:34 p.m.

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Barry Jackson has written for the Miami Herald since 1986 and has written a Florida Sports Buzz column since 2002.