Q: Erik Spoelstra said it himself Saturday, Haywood Highsmith played a good game. How do we keep him? – Flip.
A: As far as simply keeping Haywood Highsmith, that is not an issue, with the Heat holding a non-guaranteed 2023-24 year on Haywood’s contract. So if they want him back, they can do that at the minimum. I’m assuming your question is more about how the Heat keep Haywood in the rotation once Caleb Martin comes back, and I’m not sure they do. As with so many of the Heat’s emergency contributors, it comes down to the overall health of the roster. So assuming the Heat get back to their primary starting lineup of Bam Adebayo, Martin, Jimmy Butler, Tyler Herro and Kyle Lowry, that leaves four more spots in the basic rotation. The way things are trending at the moment, it would appear that Victor Oladipo, Gabe Vincent and Max Strus have three of those. So it could come down to whether the Heat insist on playing another true backup center, or perhaps going with smaller lineups. In such an undersized alignment, that could be where Haywood factors in. But first, we actually have to see the Heat at full health.
Q: So they’re trading Dewayne Dedmon now? – Andres.
A: No, that’s not what Sunday was about. Sunday merely was the first say since re-signing in July that Dewayne Dedmon became trae eligible. His trade window opened a month later than most of those re-signed in the offseason because of the significant raise he received in more than doubling last season’s contract at the NBA minimum. But it doesn’t mean he has to be traded. It merely gives the Heat another option and salary to throw into a deal by the Feb. 9 NBA trading deadline.
Q: Why not Miami-Wade Arena? – Nat.
A: Because the name will change soon enough, and once you put Dwyane Wade’s name on anything, you sure as heck aren’t taking it off. To be candid, with all credit to Eric Reid, “Heat’s House” did have a ring to it. Of course, nothing in sports trumps a big-name, big-check sponsor, just don’t expect it to again come from the cryptocurrency world.