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Heat Star demands a different role after exiting the playoffs

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Tyler Herro has proven he can produce off the bench for the Miami Heat, so the sixth man of the year is now looking for a starting lineup shot.

Herro averaged a healthy 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists, playing mostly off the bench for Miami last season. While Herro didn’t play from the starting lineup, he was averaging 32.6 minutes per game – just like Bam Adebayo. At 17, he also put on the most field goal attempts per game.

While already playing a significant role for the Heat, Herro wants his name to be featured on the Starting Five every night.

“Yes, sure,” Herro told reporters during his exit interview. “I’d like to start somehow. I think it’s my fourth year so I think I’ve earned it and we’ll see what happens.”

Offense wasn’t Herro’s problem. It was his defense that led to head coach Erik Spoelstra putting Max Strus in the starting XI. If Herro can improve on this side of the court it could go a long way in finding a starting role.

Herro can sign an extension this off-season as long as it’s done before the October deadline. If he is not promised a starting role, Herro may wish to seek a new home. There’s also a possibility the Heat could try to treat him ahead of an extension that would come with the complicated determination of the ‘poison pill’.

“Honestly, I’m not sure what’s going to happen yet,” Herro said when asked about an extension. “We’ll see what happens this summer. my agent [Jeff Schwartz] will speak to whoever he needs to speak to and we’ll see what happens.”

Herro is one of the better young guards in the league and would likely be a key piece in a trade for someone like Bradley Beal. Adding another certified star to the core of Jimmy Butler, Bam Adebayo and Kyle Lowry would make The Heat a certified contender for at least the next few seasons.

Herro’s stellar regular season may have earned him a sixth man, but he had a disappointing run in the playoffs, with injuries playing a part in his demise. He averaged just 12.6 points in the playoffs and shot 22% from beyond the arc.

“The playoffs were a weird ride for me,” Herro said. “There have been ups and downs throughout the whole thing, but I think it’s been a learning curve for me. I think people forget that I just turned 22 and it’s still only my third playoff, and while I’ve made a leap this year, I’ve been getting better and better and I think throughout my career, especially early in my career Career, there will be small setbacks where I learn.

“It motivates me, it gets me better and teaches me what I need to work on to get better and next time I’m in this situation I’ll be better prepared and better.”

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