Bradley, signed to a two-year, $11.6MM deal (with a team option for year two), is averaging 8.5 PPG, 1.8 RPG, 1.4 APG and 0.7 SPG in just 10 games, and will now miss at least 3-4 weeks of action due to a right calf injury. Forward Harkless, signed to a one-year, $3.6MM contract, is out of the Heat’s rotation. He has appeared in just nine games for Miami, averaging a career-low 10.7 MPG.
There’s more out of South Beach:
- Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel wonders if the Heat have a Plan B for the 2021 offseason after their top target, reigning two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, signed a lucrative extension with the Bucks during the offseason. Winderman posits that the Heat should not sacrifice one of their intriguing younger players for veteran help, as they did last season in the deal that brought Jae Crowder, Andre Iguodala, and Solomon Hill to the Heat from the Grizzlies in exchange for Justise Winslow.
- With Avery Bradley and Goran Dragic sidelined by injury, 2020 All-Rookie First Teamer Kendrick Nunn has answered the bell with efficient offense, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel writes. Nunn had been supplanted in the rotation during the 2020/21 season behind starter Tyler Herro and bench guards Bradley and Dragic.
- With the Heat currently near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings at 8-14 (as of this writing, though they are in action against the Knicks today), Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald wonders if Miami’s 2020 Finals run the result of charmed circumstances while the Heat were in the Orlando “bubble” campus. “We haven’t been playing good basketball,” All-Star wing Jimmy Butler acknowledged.