Another day, another round of wildly swapping thoughts about Kevin Durant – this is what life for Miami Heat fans looks like in the summer of 2022. It’s an odd existence considering the team just wrapped up a Jimmy Butler three-pointer and defensive stop before an NBA Finals berth.
However, with Miami’s lack of movement this offseason and growing parity in the Eastern Conference, Heat Nation definitely has reason to want a blockbuster.
Word on the street is that team president Pat Riley plans to make a big move too, whether it’s for Durant, Donovan Mitchell or another all-star baller with the skills to amp up the Heat’s offensive attack. Unfortunately, the godfather doesn’t seem to have enough assets to pull off such a deal.
Additionally, there is some reluctance from some — or at least one — in the organization to include one of Heat’s cornerstones in potential trades.
The Sun Sentinel’s Ira Winderman examined various heat trade scenarios, including the big Durant play, in a Friday post. Unfortunately, the Heat insider opined that bringing KD to South Beach would likely require the involvement of a third team to give the Brooklyn Nets the return they want for the future HOFer.
Winderman further revealed that at least one of the team’s superiors had had issues with the idea of bringing in star Big Man Bam Adebayo to help seal a deal.
“A party familiar with Heat’s approach told the Sun Sentinel that while there were internal considerations for the team to use the Bam Adebayo center as a trading component, at least one influential member of the organization shot down the idea,” wrote Winderman.
Even if members of the Heat Brain Trust were in step to include Adebayo in a trade, there’s a big problem when it comes to pushing pivot to the nets.
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As much as the Nets would probably love to have a young center like Adebayo as a rim-runner and captain of their defense, the league’s rules actually bar him from joining them at this point.
The 25-year-old was held over Miami’s proposed rookie extension in 2020. And under the current collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players, teams may only trade for one such player/contract.
So for Adebayo to move to Brooklyn, the Nets would need to find a buyer for former No. 1 overall winner Ben Simmons, who was signed by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019 for their proposed rookie expansion before being drafted in James Harden’s deal .