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Heat coupled with 6-foot-10 $80 million Sharpshooting Big Man

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That intense heat have been chasing whales this offseason in hopes of landing that star to play with Jimmy Butler and lift the team over the championship mountain. They were at the top of the Kevin Durant Deal most of the time since asking to be traded by the Brooklyn Nets. But that’s not all, Miami has also been chasing Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz. Mitchell reportedly has the Heat is at the top of his list to go, but the team was unable to put together a sufficiently attractive offer to close the deal.

One thing you can count on Pat Riley as Miami Heat team president is that he will have a contingency plan in place. The Godfather continues to prove he can create teams to compete for titles. His collection of Dion Waiters, Hassan Whiteside, James Johnson and co. almost made it to the NBA playoffs. So if Riley can’t strike a deal with Brooklyn or Utah because both are currently looking for historic deals for their stars, fans should always have faith that Riley has a quality backup plan in place.

A possible backup plan for the Heat could be another live-shooting big man from the Dallas Mavericks.

In a recent episode of “Five on the floorOn the podcast, co-hosts Greg Sylvander and Alex Toledo discussed possible backup plans for the Heat, and one backup plan cited by his league source was 6’10 tall man David Bertans.

“When I trolled around some of the people I speak to league-wide, they were like, ‘Hey, that’s a guy you could probably get right for Duncan,'” Sylvander said during the show.

Bertans has seen a productivity dip over the past two seasons, averaging 5.6 points per game, but his career high came in the 2019-20 NBA season for the Washington Wizards, where he averaged 15.4 points, 4.5 rebounds and nearly Scored 2 assists per game. Bertans showed streaks in the postseason, including a 15-point game against the Jazz and a 12-point game with four three-pointers made against the Phoenix Suns.

Would this be enough for the Heat to negotiate Robinson? Is Bertan’s an upgrade from Duncan Robinson? Maybe not. How committed are the Heat to Robinson? Actively shopped this offseason, he saw his playing time decrease in this year’s postseason. 10.9 points, almost 3 rebounds and almost 2 assists per game during the season. The Heat signed Robinson to a $90 million contract, which could be the team’s source of frustration. Before the poor play at the end of the season and the playoffs, Robinson was a shining example of Heat Culture and their player development as an undrafted forward.

Perhaps the Heat will try to give Robinson a second chance. The team already have high expectations of their players and are good at giving players clear goals on what they need to improve. If he can increase his consistency and become a better defender, Robinson could return as an important part of the heat rotation.

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