1:53pm: The Spurs have officially acquired Dedmon and the Heat’s 2028 second-round pick from Miami in exchange for cash considerations, they announced in a press release.
As Bobby Marks of ESPN tweets, the belief is that the Heat are getting $110K, which is the minimum amount a team can send or receive in a trade.
10:25am: The Heat and Spurs have agreed to a trade that will send center Dewayne Dedmon to San Antonio along with a future second-round pick, reports Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). The second-rounder will be Miami’s 2028 pick, per Anthony Chiang of The Miami Herald (Twitter link).
Dedmon, 33, re-signed with the Heat last summer and began the season as the club’s primary backup center behind Bam Adebayo. However, he lost his spot in the rotation to two-way rookie Orlando Robinson and was suspended for one game by Miami last month for a sideline outburst. The Heat had reportedly been shopping him in trade talks in recent weeks.
For the season, Dedmon has averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 30 appearances (11.7 MPG).
The Spurs remain well below the salary cap (and floor), giving them the ability to take on Dedmon’s $4.7MM salary without sending out any players of their own. They also have an open spot on their 15-man roster, so no corresponding move will be necessary to create room for Dedmon.
From the Spurs’ perspective, the deal essentially comes down to sacrificing some of their cap space for the rights to a future draft pick. Dedmon’s $4.3MM salary for 2023/24 is non-guaranteed, so he’s a good bet to be waived after the trade is official — San Antonio won’t owe him any money beyond this season.
For Miami, the move generates additional roster and cap flexibility. The Heat have spent the season carrying just 14 players, with a team salary about $200K below the luxury tax line. Moving Dedmon will give the team significantly more breathing room below the tax threshold to make trades or signings.
Even if the Heat don’t need that flexibility this week for a pre-deadline deal, they’ll have the ability to sign free agents to fill both their 14th and 15th roster spots without having to worry about becoming a taxpayer. Robinson is a candidate to be promoted to the standard roster to claim one of those openings.
Teams are permitted to carry below 14 players on standard contracts for up to two weeks at a time, so the Heat would have 14 days to add a 14th man after the trade becomes official.
To make the trade legal, the Spurs will have to send something to Miami, but since this is essentially just a salary dump, San Antonio’s outgoing piece is unlikely to be anything of real value — it could be a heavily protected draft pick, the rights to a draft-and-stash player who won’t ever play in the NBA, or a small amount of cash. Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press (Twitter link) hears that it’ll be the latter.
The Heat will generate a trade exception worth $4.7MM (Dedmon’s salary) as a result of the deal.
23 thoughts on “Heat Trade Dedmon, Second-Round Pick To Spurs”
No, but it’s generally fairly slow until closer to the deadline. There’s still two more days and I would imagine the Heat would like this to proceed a bigger deal. As the author stated, it provides more flexibility, which I would think opens things up for them to do something bigger.
With this deal, look for the Spurs to get back into the play-in conversation!
Makes a lot of sense as a salary dump for Miami.
Miami would be 4,7 + 0,2 million under the luxury tax line and this frees up salary for a trade or a free agent / buy-out signing.
For the Spurs, I am in doubt.
Dedmon has no guaranteed money for next season so is virtually expiring according to Hoopshype.
Spurs are still under salary floor so are essentially getting a 2nd round pick for free, unless they add more salary. If they go above the salary floor, it would be an expensive 2nd rounders at 4,7 million.
Miami surely has to be adding cash considerations for that risk?
Does this trade decrease the likelyhood Westbrook gets salary-dumped to the Spurs?
Probably his 4.7 mil is over 70 paid de facto – so in real money Spurs will pay him less than 2 mil, that’s usually what 2 rounders cost. Also, spurs are most likely below the salary floor, so would’ve paid out the difference between their actual team salary and the floor to the players
What do you mean with “over 70 paid de facto”? You mean that his salary is prorated? Hadnt thought about that.
Solid chance Poeltl is moved, and since Dedman has previously played for Pops, good chance he sticks around as that fill-in at center once Poeltl is moved. Spurs grabbed a 2nd rounder and possibly a first for basically nothing to finish out the year. Desmond is gone after the year I’m sure.
“Possibly a first” is only when they trade Poeltl though. Makes sense to keep Dedmon at least until the trade deadline. They could always use him for salary-matching.
Top 55 protected 2nd rounder in 3,2,1…
I bet that Spurs’ top 55 protected 2nd round pick, are the most valuable in the League,since they found Manu ((57rh overall in 1999 draft), and Scola (56th overall in 2002).
Well, since the Spurs are nowhere near that kind of record or draft position unless they had already made a trade with someone else whose pick could end up then, it has no real value now. However, it sounds like SA will send $110,000 to the Heat.
Miami’s lack of frontcourt depth (with Robinson out for the next month +) wouldn’t be nearly as much of an issue if they woulda held onto Precious & not traded him to Toronto a couple yrs ago. Obv they’re gonna be looking to bring in a vet big. Maybe Richaun Holmes?
About market price. A 2nd to buy 4.7 mm in cap space. It’s current year space. MIA was 200K below the tax line prior to the deal. Must want to do something before Thurs, or sign a buyout player.
Can we get josh richardson back from the spurs. He’s a pretty good shooter
Love Josh Richardson back on Celtics. We need him, a perfect fit! Go Celtics!
Somebody said they traded him for 2 new ball racks and a Theragun
I’d think you could get a little bit more than that for $110K.
Clearly, I was joking…
Are you blood related to Dedmon? My apologies to you.
Setting up for a big trade…
Spurs might get a couple of these. Several teams are hovering around that tax line.
Smart use of a tank season.
Waste of a draft pick, I know 2nd rounders don’t mean much but it seems like a waste with how Miami just got rid of one. Nikola Jokic is literally a top 5 nba player and he was drafted in the second round
Maybe for dLo or Clipps if Lowry gets traded
Dedmon 33 yrs old. Career
507 gms, 17.4 mins, 6.4 pts, 5.8 reb
Whiteside 33 yrs old. Career
511 gms, 24.7 mins, 12.6 pts, 10.8!reb
So what’s wrong with this picture ????
Clowns explain it to me please.
I am no clown, if that’s intended as a chump.
I am actually a clown,, meaning funny and creative.
I know what You mean about Whiteside, I agree with him being the superior player over dedmon and many others, actually signed, in terms of individual ability. The thing is that he’s very Bad at team defense, gets lost on rotations often, and overall has Bad bball IQ and awareness.
I think his lapses, right now, are the weakness un his Game that counters his still really good rim-protection and rebounding,and Even scoring off his off boards. He may still ve a lo threat too.