Heat Notes: Durant, Oladipo, Free Agency, Tampering

With Nets superstar Kevin Durant said to be losing confidence in the team’s management, the Heat could be a team to watch if he requests a trade, says Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. As we relayed, Durant reportedly hasn’t spoken to anyone from the Nets in weeks.

Brooklyn is currently dealing with Kyrie Irving‘s uncertain situation, as Irving holds a $36.5MM player option for next season. His departure could prompt Durant to further consider his future. Miami can offer young pieces such as Bam Adebayo and Tyler Herro, as well as multiple first-round picks in talks.

Should the team be forced to offload Adebayo, it would naturally have a gaping hole at center. Durant is known to be friends with P.J. Tucker, an impending free agent for Miami. He also played with Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry on Team USA in 2016.

Here are some other notes from Miami:

  • In his latest mailbag for the Miami Herald, Anthony Chiang examines how far the Heat may go to retain Victor Oladipo in free agency. The 30-year-old is coming off a postseason where he averaged 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 24.5 minutes per game, shooting 37%. He only appeared in eight regular-season games before the playoffs — one of which was a 40-point outing against the Magic.
  • Ira Winderman discusses several topics in a story for the Sun Sentinel, including how free agency tends to be trade season for the Heat. Miami acquired Butler in a sign-and-trade during the summer of 2019, then did the same with Lowry last summer.
  • In a separate article for the Sun Sentinel, Winderman explores whether the Heat’s free-agency timing could be thrown off by last year’s tampering investigation. The NBA found Miami to be guilty of “gun-jumping” when news of Lowry’s anticipated deal broke before free agency technically opened, taking away this year’s second-round pick as a result.
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