Ira Winderman: Can Heat seduce with blemished trade assets?

Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun-Sentinel on

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The names have been out there and will continue to be out there when it comes to Miami Heat trade speculation.

But this is not about Jae Crowder, D’Angelo Russell, Bojan Bojdanovic, Jarred Vanderbilt, O.G. Anunoby, P.J. Washington, Norman Powell, Dorian Finney Smith, Malik Beasley, Kelly Olynyk or some other unknown target.

It’s about the other side of the Feb. 9 NBA trading deadline, that to get you have to give.

So while Part B of the trade equation tends to be the less sexy part, it also is worth considering the assets that would or could have to go out, and how and why they come into play.

All while accepting the reality that Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro aren’t going anywhere at the moment.

— Kyle Lowry: There was a point when Lowry stood as the target of such exercises. Then came the injuries during last season’s playoffs and struggles this season.


Now, it’s as if Lowry largely is being measured as salary-cap ballast, earning $28.3 million this season and then due $29.7 million next season.

Yet to the notion of Lowry becoming more valuable in the offseason as an expiring contract, the league largely has ceased coveting such deals as a means to clear salary-cap space. Exhibit A this season is Kevin Love earning $28.9 million in the final year of his Cleveland Cavaliers contract and hardly being mentioned as a trade target around the league.

As for outside interest in Lowry as a contributor, there have been such mentions with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Los Angeles Clippers, but there also is the issue of the treatment Lowry, 36, has required on his left knee.

— Dewayne Dedmon: This was a contract seemingly written last July as a trade vehicle, with a $4.7 million salary this season and then a non-guaranteed $4.3 million next season. By adding that second season, the Heat removed the requirement of Dedmon’s approval for an in-season trade.


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