Hoops Rumors breaks down the 2021 offseason for all 30 NBA teams, revisiting summer free agent signings, trades, draft picks, departures, and more. We’ll assess each team’s offseason moves, look at what remains to be done before Opening Night, and look at what the 2021/22 season has in store for the 30 franchises. Today we focus on Miami heat.
Designation of free agents:
Note: Parts 9 and 10 offerings are not included here.
- Duncan Robinson: Five years, $ 90 million. Fifth year early termination option (partially guaranteed). Re-signed as a restricted free agent using Bird rights.
- Kyle Lowry: Three years, $ 85 million. Acquired via sign-and-trade.
- PJ Tucker: Two years, $ 14.35 million. Second-year player option. Signed using a mid-level exception for non-taxpayers.
- Max Strus: Two years, minimum wage. Second year not guaranteed. Re-signed using the minimum wage exception.
- Gabe Vincent: Two years, minimum wage. Second year not guaranteed. Re-signed using the minimum wage exception.
- Omer Yurt Seven: Two years, minimum wage. Second year not guaranteed. Re-signed using the minimum wage exception.
- Dewayne Dedmon: One year, minimum wage. Re-signed using the minimum wage exception.
- Udonis Haslem: One year, minimum wage. Re-signed using the minimum wage exception.
- Markieff Morris: One year, minimum wage. Signed using the minimum wage exception.
- Victor Oladipo: One year, minimum wage. Re-signed using the minimum wage exception.
- Marcus Garrett: Two-part contract.
- Caleb martin: Two-part contract.
- Jimmy butler: Three years, maximum salary. Includes 15% commercial kicker. Starts in 2023/24.
- Note: Butler’s starting salary in 2023/24 will be the lesser of $ 45,183,960 or 35% of the 23/24 salary cap.
Other offseason news:
- Victor Oladipo is recovering from quad tendon surgery and won’t play until 2022.
- Under NBA investigation for possible shootout violation in Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade.
Salary ceiling situation:
- Remained above the cap and below the tax line.
- Wearing approx $ 136.3 billion in salary.
- Capped at $ 143 million.
- $ 2,536,000 mid-level exception for non-taxpayers still available ($ 7 million used on PJ Tucker).
- Full semi-annual exception ($ 3,732,000) still available.
The Heat offseason:
The heat engaged in Kyle Lowry trade talks with the Raptors at last season’s deadline, but ultimately couldn’t agree to the terms of a deal. The team pivoted to Victor Oladipo, who only appeared in four games for Miami before missing the remainder of the season with knee and quad issues. The Heat were then knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by future Bucks champions.
It sounds like a disaster, but it can actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise for Pat riley‘to smoke. The Raptors have reportedly been looking for a package focused on Tyler herro Where Duncan Robinson in exchange for Lowry by the trade deadline – their asking price dropped significantly once the veteran hit free agency and decided he wanted to join the Heat.
Rather than give up on Robinson, who signed a new five-year contract with Miami, or Herro, who could be set for an exceptional year, the Heat just had to surrender Goran Dragic and Precious Achiuwa in their signature and trade for Lowry.
Dragic is a solid and reliable player and Achiuwa, a 2020 first-round pick, still has a lot of potential. But Achiuwa was not one of the cornerstones of the Heat like Herro, Robinson or Bam Adebayo, and Dragic is not on the same level as Lowry, one of the league’s most underrated stars.
It’s possible that the final year of Lowry’s $ 85 million three-year contract will be bad by 2023, but in the short term, the 35-year-old will make the Heat a more serious contender. While Lowry’s playing ability and outside shooting skills will make him a nice addition to Miami’s offense, it’s his level of effort, tenacity, and defensive ability that make him a perfect fit for the. Heat.
After acquiring Lowry, the team doubled down on those traits by devoting most of their mid-level exception to PJ Tucker, a versatile defenseman who has shown over the years a willingness to handle some of the toughest missions on the pitch, whether it’s guarding an elite goalscorer or a seven-foot cross.
The mid-level exception was the only ball Heat had really left in the chamber after committing a lot of money for Robinson and Lowry, so it’s fair to question the decision to spend most on Tucker, a player. which contributes almost nothing to the attack. But as long as he shares the floor with players like Jimmy butler, Lowry, Adebayo, Herro and Robinson, Miami should have enough firepower and a head coach Erik Spoelstra will be able to form stubborn defensive formations.
To complete Tucker as a power forward, the Heat signed Markieff Morris to a minimum wage contract. Like Tucker, Morris isn’t much of an offensive threat, but he’s a tough, versatile tall man who played a big role for the Lakers champion in 2020.
In order to stay below the tax line, the Heat filled their list of minimum wage players, choosing not to re-sign Kendrick nunn or use their semi-annual exception. As a result, there are a few questions about the depth of the team.
With Oladipo sidelined for the foreseeable future and Udonis Haslem no plans to play a lot, if at all, Miami will rely on KZ Okpala, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, Omer Yurt Seven, Caleb martin, and Marcus Garrett, a group of relatively inexperienced young people. The club will also count on the veteran center Dewayne Dedmon to postpone his performance in the second half of 2020/21.
If Dedmon is playing well and a few young players emerge as reliable spinning pieces, the Heat should have enough depth to pull through. Otherwise, or if there are injury issues, the club may have to ask their owners to play big minutes in the regular season.
The heat season:
The Heat’s top six or seven should be able to compete with just about any other top six or seven in the NBA, which bodes well when the playoffs roll in and coaches shorten their rotations. The challenge will be to get through the regular season in a safe position for the playoffs without too much exhausting the veterans.
A realistic projection for Miami likely sees them finish in the No.3-6 lineup and possibly win just one series before being knocked out of the playoffs. But if all goes well, the Heat could be a legitimate threat to upset top Eastern Conference teams like the Nets and Bucks and have a deeper run in the playoffs, like they did. in the Orlando bubble in 2020.
Salary information from Basketball Insiders and Spotrac was used in the creation of this article.