Q: Danny Ainge sounds like he is still selling. Should the Heat be buying? – Tru.
A: I already mentioned how Bojan Bogdanović could be intriguing, but certainly Malik Beasley (who at one point spent time with the Heat’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce) and Jarred Vanderbilt could have value, as well. But with Danny Ainge still looking for first-round picks, I’m not sure that is how you want to spend them, as opposed to aggregating them for something bigger, as the Cavaliers did for Donovan Mitchell.
Q: Ira, Mike McDaniel and Mario Cristobal showed how new blood can energize a team. Does that send a message to the Heat? – Zion.
A: While I did compare yesterday the Dolphins’ team speed to what the Heat could attempt to emulate at pace this season, I’m also not sure we should go overboard on the football comparisons. For as encouraging as the starts to the season have been for the Dolphins and Hurricanes, neither team has come close to matching the enduring success of the Heat and Erik Spoelstra. And to Spoelstra’s credit, he has consistently reinvented his approach based on both his own roster and the outside competition. After all these years, the Spoelstra way has proven to be many ways.
Q: Can the Heat’s Bam Adebayo, Tyler Herro and the rest of their young players mature fast enough before Jimmy Butler gets too old to win a title ? – David.
A: Haven’t they done that already? Had it not been for the thumb injury, Bam Adebayo well could have been an All-Star again. And Tyler Herro is the NBA’s defending Sixth Man of the Year. Plus, you have to be encouraged by the youthful contributions of Gabe Vincent. It’s more about having a depth of contributing talent, an element that was lacking at crunch time last season, with Herro and Kyle Lowry ailing, and with Duncan Robinson unable to get on the court.