Miami Heat
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Orlando Robinson
Heat extends qualifying offers to Robinson, Cain
Mon, Jun 26, 2023, 2:23 PM
Ira Winderman on Twitter
The Heat have extended two-way qualifying offers to Orlando Robinson and Jamal Cain.
Analysis: Robinson and Cain were already committed to playing for the Heat's summer league team. This move officially makes both players restricted free agency, giving the Heat the right to match any contract they may be offered. Neither Robinson nor Cain played consistent rotation minutes last season, but both saw action when Miami was down frontcourt players due to injury.
Bam Adebayo
Report: Blazers holding interest in Bam Adebayo
Tue, Jun 20, 2023, 10:25 AM
Jake Fischer on Twitter
According to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports, the Trailblazers are preparing what they believe to be a compelling package for Bam Adebayo.
Analysis: Fischer notes that "Portland appears unlikely to part with the No. 3 choice unless the Blazers are netting back one of a select number of premium targets to pair with Lillard." A multi-time All-Defensive honoree certainly seems like a premium target to put alongside Dame. Not to mention Lillard has a relationship with Bam and made glowing remarks about the two-time All-Star on a recent interview with SHOWTIME. The addition of a player of Bam's caliber would certainly improve the team, especially on the defensive end where Portland ranked 28th in defensive efficiency last season.
Tyler Herro
Report: Heat not looking to trade Tyler Herro
Sat, Jun 17, 2023, 1:50 PM
Anthony Chiang on Twitter
According to Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald, the Heat are working to put together a trade package for Bradley Beal that does not include Tyler Herro.
Analysis: While Herro's name has come up in trade rumors recently, the Heat reportedly do not want to part with their young shooting guard. His new contract goes into effect next season, with the 2019 first-round pick due to receive $27 million. While that money could go a long way toward making the numbers work in a deal for Beal, the Heat are looking to explore other avenues. Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, and Victor Oladipo are three players who could be included for salary purposes, with the latter needing to opt into the second year of his deal as he recovers from knee surgery. Miami would also have to include future draft picks, and possibly another young player. Given the reports, the chances of Beal being traded (Miami and Phoenix are reportedly the finalists) this summer have increased.
Nikola Jovic
Nikola Jovic says up nearly 20 lbs in past year
Wed, Jun 14, 2023, 3:44 PM
Brady Hawk on Twitter
Nikola Jovic said during exit interviews on Wednesday that he "started at 220 or 222 [pounds]" and is "now at 239".
Analysis: Jovic just recently turned 20 years old and is one of the youngest players in the league. He spent most of the season in the G-League, which isn't surprising, since the Heat have plenty of depth in front of him. The added muscle should help Jovic have a better chance of cracking Miami's rotation next season. He's worth stashing in dynasty leagues, but it may be a few more seasons before he is playing enough to be worth rostering in standard, redraft formats.
Gabe Vincent
Gabe Vincent wants 'the right situation' as a FA
Wed, Jun 14, 2023, 1:58 PM
Will Manso on Twitter
Gabe Vincent told reporters Wednesday that he is looking for "the right situation" in regard to his free agency and that "obviously money plays a role".
Analysis: Gabe Vincent is one of a slew of role players that have earned themselves a nice payday this offseason. Vincent averaged 12.7 points per game and shot just over 37% from three-point range during the Heat's magical playoff run which includes a 29-point eruption against the Celtics in the ECF. On the season Vincent was steady contributor for Miami both off the bench and as a starter.
Orlando Robinson
Orlando Robinson to play Summer League with Heat
Wed, Jun 14, 2023, 1:44 PM
Ira Winderman on Twitter
Orlando Robinson tells reporters Wednesday that he intends to play Summer League with the Heat.
Analysis: Looks like the Heat will know at least one person on their roster for this year's summer league. Robinson, who appeared in 31 games this season for Miami is coming off a two-way contract and will be a free agent.
Kyle Lowry
Kyle Lowry puts up 12/9/4/2/1 line with 4 triples
Mon, Jun 12, 2023, 10:33 PM
Kyle Lowry provided a solid boost off the bench with 12 points (4-for-13 FGs), nine rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers against Denver in Game 5 on Monday.
Analysis: Lowry may not be playing at an All-Star level like he used to, but he’s still capable of providing solid minutes. He did just that for the Heat with Jimmy Butler struggling on the brink of elimination. He hit timely threes and provided a bit of everything else to keep the Heat alive for most of the game. Lowry has one more year left on his contract, and at his age, it wouldn't be surprising to see him hang it up after that. He was reduced to a sixth man role, and assuming he remains in it next season, he likely won't play enough to impact fantasy basketball.
Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo records 20/12 double-double in Game 5
Mon, Jun 12, 2023, 10:17 PM
Bam Adebayo recorded a double-double on Monday with 20 points (9-for-20 FGs), 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal in Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Nuggets.
Analysis: After struggling at times against Boston, Bam had a much better series in the Finals, which continued with his performance in Game 5. It wasn't enough to extend the series, but Bam finishes the Finals with an average of 21.8 points per game after being held to 14.9 points per game in the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a solid series for him, especially while having to try and slow down Nikola Jokic and Denver's potent offense. He's been a top tier fantasy player for most of his career, and that will continue next season.
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler posts 21/3/5/3 line, Heat lose Finals
Mon, Jun 12, 2023, 10:12 PM
Jimmy Butler struggled in Game 5 and finished with only 21 points (5-for-18 FGs, 9-for-11 FTs), three rebounds, five assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in a 94-89 loss to Denver on Monday.
Analysis: Playoff Jimmy? Himmy Butler? Neither of those guys were wearing #22 on their jersey in Game 5 of the Finals. With five minutes left in the game, Butler had just eight points on 2-for-13 shooting. He ended up getting some offense going with 13 straight points for the Heat over three minutes, which allowed him to lead the team in scoring. However, it wasn't enough to bring them a win, as they lost their second NBA Finals in four years. After shining in the Eastern Conference Finals, Butler wasn't able to replicate that production against Denver, which will send Pat Riley back to the drawing board this summer. Butler has already stated that he doesn't plan on playing for a different organization during his NBA career, so he should make the Heat a competitive team for at least a few more seasons.
Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro (hand) did not play in Game 5 Monday
Mon, Jun 12, 2023, 10:03 PM
Tyler Herro (left hand fracture) did not play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Analysis: Herro was cleared to play after initially being listed as out. He fractured his hand in their first playoff game against Milwaukee, and he hasn’t played since. Down 3-1 in the series, Erik Spoelstra threw everything he had at the Nuggets, including adding in the possibility of Herro playing. It ended up being a tactical move, which resulted in some angry DFS players that may have included Herro in their lineups. He should be fully healthy for the start of next season.
Tyler Herro
Spoelstra: Tyler Herro (hand) will play in Game 5
Mon, Jun 12, 2023, 6:10 PM
Tim MacMahon on Twitter
Tyler Herro (right hand fracture) will play in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday.
Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro (hand) upgraded to questionable for G5
Mon, Jun 12, 2023, 11:42 AM
NBA Injury Report
Tyler Herro (fractured right hand) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's game against the Nuggets.
Analysis: Herro was initially listed as out but an upgrade to questionable means there's a high chance, we see him on the court for the first time since the team's first round series against Milwaukee. Herro most likely will come off the bench and it's a mystery as to how many minutes he'll actually play or whose minutes he would be taking. With their backs against the walls, it seems Miami is pulling out all the stops.
Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro (hand) listed as out for Game 5 Monday
Sun, Jun 11, 2023, 8:37 PM
NBA Injury Report
Tyler Herro (fractured right hand) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Nuggets.
Analysis: Monday's game could potentially be the last of the season for the Heat, as they returned to Denver in a 3-1 hole. And unless something changes since the release of the initial injury report, Herro will not be available. Max Strus will continue to start, and Miami needs more production from him and Gabe Vincent as they look to extend their season.
Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo racks up seven TOs in Game 4 defeat
Fri, Jun 9, 2023, 11:14 PM
Bam Adebayo finished Friday's 108-95 loss to the Nuggets with 20 points (8-of-19 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), 11 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one blocked shot in 44 minutes.
Analysis: Adebayo has scored well in the NBA Finals, scoring at least 20 points in each of the four games. However, Game 4 was his worst performance when it comes to taking care of the basketball. After having four turnovers total in the first three games, Adebayo had a playoff-worst seven on Friday. Prior to Game 4, he had not turned the ball over more than four times in any game this postseason. With Miami's margin for error being extremely small due to its comparative lack of consistent scorers, Adebayo can ill afford to turn the ball over as much as he did in Game 4. He'll look to bounce back on Monday when the series shifts back to Denver, with the Heat needing a win to force a Game 6.
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler records 25/7/7/0/1 line in Gm 4 loss
Fri, Jun 9, 2023, 11:03 PM
Jimmy Butler played 45 minutes in Friday's 108-95 loss to Denver, accounting for 25 points (9-of-17 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs), seven rebounds, seven assists, one block, and one 3-pointer.
Analysis: While Butler finished Game 4 with a solid stat line, it wasn't enough to keep the Heat from falling into a 3-1 hole. He's been able to take on a heavy workload, but the "Playoff Jimmy" performances haven't been there since Butler sprained his ankle during the second-round series against the Knicks. With Gabe Vincent and Max Strus combining to score two points on 1-of-10 shooting before being benched, the Heat needed even more from stars Butler and Bam Adebayo. Look for Butler to go for broke in Game 5 on Monday, but it may not matter due to the difference in firepower.
Tyler Herro
Tyler Herro (hand) remains sidelined for Game 4
Thu, Jun 8, 2023, 3:13 PM
Anthony Chiang on Twitter
Tyler Herro (fractured right hand) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Nuggets.
Analysis: While there was optimism earlier in the series that Herro could be available as soon as Game 3, he has yet to be cleared to play. He was expected to go through another contact workout on Thursday, but the early injury designation shows that there's still work to be done on Herro's part. Max Strus, who has filled the void in the starting lineup, struggled in Miami's Game 3 defeat. The Heat will need more from him if they're to have any chance of winning the series.
Gabe Vincent
Gabe Vincent rides the struggle bus in Game 3 loss
Wed, Jun 7, 2023, 10:46 PM
Gabe Vincent finished Wednesday's 109-94 loss to Denver with seven points (2-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 FTs), two steals, and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.
Analysis: After shining in the first two games of the NBA Finals, scoring 42 points on 15-of-26 shooting from the field, Vincent crashed back to earth in Game 3. The seven points are the fewest he's scored in a game since Game 5 of the Heat's second-round series with the Knicks when Vincent put up six on 3-of-10 shooting in a nine-point loss. With Miami still unsure if Tyler Herro (hand) will be healthy enough to play, they can ill afford off nights from secondary scorers like Vincent and Max Strus (3/4/5/1/1 with one 3-pointer in 24 minutes). The Heat will look to bounce back in Game 4 on Friday.
Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo puts up 22 points, 17 boards in Game 3
Wed, Jun 7, 2023, 10:36 PM
Bam Adebayo shot 7-of-21 from the field and 8-of-10 from the foul line in Wednesday's 109-94 loss to Denver, scoring 22 points with 17 rebounds, three assists, and one blocked shot in 41 minutes.
Analysis: Like many of his teammates, Adebayo had a tough time scoring around the basket in Game 3. The big man shot 5-of-15 in the paint, and as a team, the Heat converted just 17 of their 46 attempts. The good news for DFS players is that Adebayo made up for the poor shooting by getting to the foul line at a solid clip while grabbing a team-high 17 rebounds (the other Heat players combined for 16 boards). Adebayo's taking on a brutal matchup in the form of Nikola Jokic, but he has scored 21 points or more in each of the series' first three games. Efficiency wasn't an issue in the first two games, so we should see a better Adebayo in Game 4 on Friday. Whether that will be enough to beat the Nuggets remains to be seen.
Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler finishes Game 3 defeat with 28 points
Wed, Jun 7, 2023, 10:28 PM
Jimmy Butler logged 40 minutes in Wednesday's 109-94 loss to Denver, recording a line of 28 points (11-of-24 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), two rebounds, four assists, one block, and one 3-pointer.
Analysis: Miami had a brutal night on the offensive end of the floor, making just 37.0% of its attempts from the field while also going 11-of-35 from three. And things were especially bad in the paint, with the Heat converting just 17 of their 46 attempts. Butler shot a shade under 50% from the field but was essentially the only Heat player who could generate consistent offense in the Game 3 defeat. His point total has increased in each of the series' first three games, so Butler could be in for a big Game 4 on Friday. And the Heat may need a special performance from their star in order to even the series at two games apiece.
Cody Zeller
Cody Zeller (foot) available for Game 3 of Finals
Wed, Jun 7, 2023, 5:57 PM
Ira Winderman on Twitter
Cody Zeller (sprained right foot) will play in Game 3 against Denver on Wednesday.
Analysis: As expected, Zeller will be available to play, and he'll likely see around eight minutes off the bench. He won't impact this game much other than giving Bam Adebayo a quick breather.


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