The NBA’s free agent window has officially opened and the pandemic is expected to follow, especially with news of Kevin Durant demands a transaction from the Brooklyn Nets. Hopefully Heat will appear among the teams that are competing for the MVP title before. However, the possibility of a Heat deal is limited as they cannot have significant assets available to trade with the Nets.
Miami Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman tweeted, “As @BobbyMarks42 pointed out this week, the Heat cannot include Bam Adebayo in any deal for Durant, as the Nets already have Ben Simmons as a designated contract player. The only way for Bam to come to the Nets in a deal with Durant is for the Nets to also trade with Ben Simmons. “
Durant is not the only striker with whom the Heat has been linked. The team has reported interest in veteran striker Danilo Gallinari.
Gallinari to heat?
The Heat were reportedly interested in a trade for Danilo Gallinari before he was traded as part of the Atlanta Hawks-San Antonio Spurs deal for Dejounte Murray. Gallinari, who joined the deal, is expected to be given up by San Antonio and enter the free agency market. When he entered the market, the Heat were one of the three teams most likely to add the 33-year-old forward.
ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports that Gallinari is looking for a mid-level outlier and has three teams on his list of destinations: the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls and Celtics.
Gallinari averaged 11.7 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in Atlanta, while also scoring 38.1% from outside the arc. The Italian forward is not the player he used to be but could be a good presence for the Heat’s second team. After losing PJ Tucker in free agency today, Gallinari could be a veteran replacement for Heat.
Other heat-immunity agency news
The Heat has been active in freelance agency. Shortly after the free agent window opened, it was announced that they had resigned from Victor Oladipo to a one-year $11 million contract.
According to Oladipo’s agreement, it is announced of Shams Charania that they also agreed to a deal that brought the big man Dewayne Dedmon.
“Free agency center Dewayne Dedmon has agreed to a two-year, $9 million deal to return to the Miami Heat, agents Mike Silverman and Brandon Grier of @steinbergsports tell @TheAthletic @Stadium“Charania tweeted.
The Heat have also been informed of an unfortunate departure with the news that veteran forward PJ Tucker will be leaving to join the Philadelphia 76ers. It was a pain for the Heat, for a year Tucker was a favorite piece of this year’s Heat team.
Freelance agent PJ Tucker is finalizing a three-year, $33.2 million fully guaranteed deal with the Philadelphia 76ers, his agent Andre Buck (@andrebuck14) told @TheAthletic @Stadium”Charania tweeted on Thursday night.
How the rest of the NBA free agency era for the Heat plays out will be known soon. The team remains affiliated with Caleb Martin, with whom they have renewed their qualifying offer. Kevin Durant is still a possibility, and it seems, no heat generators exceed the limit in commercial discussions.
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