The Miami Heat suffered a crushing loss in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals to the Boston Celtics. They were one Jimmy Butler and three away from taking on the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.
Miami has a great squad, but a few moves could get them through to the final. The Heat have a superstar in Jimmy Butler paired with a young star in Bam Adebayo, and they have quality depth around them. Miami is great at finding talent to play roles and fit into the Heat culture.
One of the key moves they can make this offseason is to expand defenseman Tyler Herro, who won his sixth Man of the Year award this season. Erro excelled in his role and is one of Miami’s top scorers.
He averaged 20.7 points per game, along with five rebounds and four assists with an accuracy of 44.7% and 39.9% from three.
The hit was linked with several big names to add a legitimate third star. The only way to do this in Miami is through an exchange or sign and exchange due to limited cap space.
With that said, here’s one player the Heat should trade in the 2022 NBA offseason.
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Heat trade to be carried out
While Duncan Robinson was a solid role player on the Heat, he had a bad season. He averaged 10.9 points while 39.9 percent of shots from the field and 37.2 percent from behind the arc.
Robinson enters the second year of a five-year, $90 million contract. He is not a quality defender and hasn’t played much in the playoffs for that reason.
Miami started with Max Strus, who provides three-point shots and has a cheaper contract. Strus average 10.6 points, shooting 44.1 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. Strus was a more effective marksman, making Robinson expendable.
Robinson may also be of interest to a team looking for a sniper. The Heat can use his contract to get another quality RPG that suits the other team’s needs.
If Miami wants to add a third star, Robinson could be attached to Herro in trade packages. Bradley Beal, Donovan Mitchell and Jerami Grant were names associated with South Beach. Beal and Mitchell would have cost a lot of money, but Grant would have been a more accessible player.
The Detroit Pistons may be looking for a three-point shooter along with Cade Cunningham in the backcourt. Grant is entering the last year of his contract and many rival teams are showing interest in him as a trio and d forward.
Miami has a good package to put together and could win the lottery with Robinson as the center of the trade. While he doesn’t have the same spot as his previous two seasons with Miami, he can still thrive as a role player. The Heat found another player in Strus in a similar role, bringing the place to a standstill. Miami didn’t feel comfortable sending him there every night in the playoffs, as he was focused on defense.
Butler proved that the bubble was not an accident, which led the team to a deep loss. He is always able to raise his game by averaging 27.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 2.1 steals per fight. Butler plays elite double-sided ball and is one of the hardest-working players in the league.
Surrounding him with the best lineup could help the Heat move further into the postseason. Robinson trading is the easiest way to achieve this.
Miami has some big offseason decisions to make as the Heat begin their bid to return to the Finals.