Miami Heat: Lotto Reaction and Where to Go

Miami fans were not expecting anything impressive coming from the lottery. In fact, there was no reason to be disappointed when they got their predicted 13th pick. Sure, Heat fans can moan how the Pels and the Griz were able to jump up higher, but thats not the worst thing. In fact, even when looking over Miami’s lottery, I still think they kind of wish the could have swapper places with the Celtics for the 14th pick. Why? Well, the worst part about having this pick is that they can’t it.

With the salary cap being set at $109 million for the 2019-2020 season, the $129.6 million the Heat are expected to pay is well above, and that is without them D Wade and Haslem retiring, putting them at 10 active players on their roster. A rookie drafted in the thirteenth pick is given a backloaded 4 year, roughly $12.1 million contract. This means the eleventh player will add an additional $2.2 million to their books, and this is before they will, more than likely, go up to a 13-15 man roster.

Talk about a rough situation.

However, they can easily trade out of a few of those contracts. Josh Richardson is viewed as the best value contract in the NBA right now, and Kelly Olynk’s contract is not heinous. A title contender would/could acquire those guys in a heartbeat if it meant getting them over the edge (lookin’ at you Blazers and Raptors). However, what would they get back in return? Josh is borderline untradeable since he is the best player on the Heat, but Kelly would probably net a low level pick and an expiring contract back.

…but why?

The Heat are in a great place to acquire either a wing shooter, athletic wing, or a big. Which would be great if that is what they needed. The Heat desperately need a point guard, since they had Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson splitting those reps whenever Goran Dragic was hurt or resting. A few mocks has them slated to get Romeo Langford, Nassir Little, or Kevin Porter, Jr. I only see one that could be a viable option to be a backup point guard, and I can guarantee it isn’t the one some fans want to hear. Since all three are 6’6″ , have to use athleticism and ball-handling skills as the metric. Nassir Little is the best via film, since he may be the most athletic out of the three. However, KPJ may have the biggest upside of the three, so that may be a push internally with the evaluation process the Heat have shown these past few years.

If the Heat were smart, they would try and leverage the 13th pick and a player or two to move up. While I am sure the Hawks will be looking to move up themselves, I would find it hard to believe that they would turn down Josh Richardson for the 8th or 10th pick. I don’t know if that’d be the right move for the organization, but it would wipe a lot of money off of their books, and I am sure a team like the Thunder would gladly take Olynk and give up a pick to do so. The Heat are in a great position to leverage some of their contracts for picks, so I hope they can do that and get out of the tax.

May be asking: what’s the worst case scenario for all us Heat fans out there in the world, Buck?

Easy. Y’all draft Bol Bol.

Enjoy that trash medical and the fact he’ll back up the biggest contract waste in the NBA.

This Miami Dolphins Fan Doesn’t Think Josh Rosen Is a Very Good Quarterback

The Miami Dolphins have not been good in a very long time. While they have not won a playoff game since 2000, Miami has also not even been in contention to make the postseason for the last three years. They need change and they need it soon, but for now, they are just another bad team in the AFC East.

Fans of teams that are bad year in and year out have two options: adopt the “can’t get any worse” attitude from the Browns and maybe smile once or twice OR they can take on the perpetual cynicism of Bengals fans. Take a look at this video and see which one this Dolphins fan chose.

“Pass.” -Carolina Panthers fans everywhere.

Yeah, Josh Rosen who was thrown into a terrible situation in Arizona didn’t have the best rookie season. Who’da thunk it? I hope he kept up that same energy when the Dolphins picked up Ryan Fitzpatrick. This guy needs a new attitude and he needs it quick, otherwise, he is in for another long season in Miami. Have fun getting busted twice a year by a 50 year old QB.

Ryan Fitzpatrick to Miami: Dolphins to Start Season 3-0

Miami’s starting quarterback search has come to an end in the most Miami way possible. The Dolphins and Ryan Fitzpatrick (who went to Harvard) have agreed to a 2-year, $11 million dollar deal.

We all know Ryan Fitzpatrick from his incredibly hot starts to seasons before fizzling out back to irrelevance. Don’t expect anything different here. Last season, Fitzmagic put on a show with 11 TD’s and only 5 INT’s in a 2-2 start with the Buccaneers. He was soon replaced by Jameis Winston.

I would still expect Miami to draft a quarterback in the upcoming draft. The most likely option would be Dwayne Haskins who will take over after 4 games.

Also, former Harvard QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is a Harvard alum, went to Harvard.

ACC Tournament Second Round Afternoon Game Predictions

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Clemson vs. North Carolina St.

When: 12:00 p.m. ET ESPN

Spread: Clemson -1

Over/Under: 140

In there only prior game this season, Clemson lost to NC St. 69-67 on the road. That game was won on a buzzer beater 3 by Braxton Beverly. While NC St. may have won the game, Clemson clawed back from a first half 6 point deficit, and this is somewhat of a revenge game for them. Both teams have had a pretty hit or miss end of the season; however, the one difference that I can pull from these two teams is that Clemson has actually beaten a good team this year. Clemson beat Virginia Tech in early February 59-51 at home. That Virginia Tech team is actually the team that limited NC St. to the fewest point total in the shot clock era with 24 points. That is something that was uncommon for them, because they were averaging about 84.4 points per game at the time. That being said, neither team really comes into this game with any momentum.

Looking at these teams head to head, this is going to be a defensive heavy game. Clemson is one of the top defensive teams in the country and NC St. isn’t half bad either. It will come down to the offense. NC St. will have to limit Clemson on the offensive glass to have any shot in staying in this game. If they fail to do that then this might be a blow out. Clemson can take over this game by controlling the boards. NC St. will try to keep this a high paced game, but I think Clemson really slows it down and tries to throw off this NC St. team. As a result, Clemson will likely win this game.

Prediction: Clemson 69 – 67 North Carolina St.

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Miami vs. Virginia Tech

When: 2:00 p.m. ET ESPN

Spread: Virginia Tech -7.5

Over/Under: 137

In their two meeting this season, Virginia Tech handled Miami pretty handedly with scores of 82-70 and 84-70. Their last meeting was the last game of the season and Virginia Tech’s last game. So these teams are quite familiar with each other and haven’t had a lot of time to change or develop. Miami is coming off of a win against Wake Forest in the First Round of the ACC Tournament, winning 79-71. I think this is where their luck runs out.

This Virginia Tech team might be playing their best basketball all season. They recently beat Duke, and while that may not be totally crazy since Zion didn’t play, they still looked really good in that game. While Virginia Tech is still without senior point guard Justin Robinson, they have been able to lean against junior Kerry Blackshear and sophomore Nickeil Alexander-Walker. Both those guys have really come into their own and made Virginia Tech a force to recon with. Virginia Tech might have one of the best offenses in the country, shooting nearly 40% from behind the arc and around 56% from FG range. Also, if they go to the free throw line then they are almost guaranteeing points, with an average of 76.2% as a team. That is good enough to be one of the best in the country. Their defense is no slouch either, and Miami has really struggled against them all year.

That is why I don’t even think this is a question. Virginia Tech is winning this game pretty handedly, and they will likely beat the spread too.

Prediction: Virginia Tech 81 – 68 Miami

-Parmesan Don

@soft7parm

 

Derek Jeter: “Impossible to Win Every Single Game”… Especially When He Trades Away All His Talent

Derek Jeter’s time as the Owner of the Miami Marlins can be summed up in one word: Debacle. Whether it’s the trading of his best players or utter failure to win games, it’s no secret that he is losing the fans. In fact, Miami averaged less than 10,000 fans per game last year. To put that in perspective, the Mets got 28,000.

When Jeter was asked about the state of the team he said:

“This is professional sports, and I feel bad for even saying this, but it’s impossible to win every single game. But one thing you always remember is the experience you have while you’re at the park, and we want it to be a positive experience and we want people to enjoy themselves,” Jeter said, according to the New York Post. “And look, a lot of times people come, they don’t know who won or lost, sometimes they don’t even know who was playing, but they do know if they had a good experience, and that’s what we’re focused on.”

Let’s unpack how nothing of a statement this was. First, Jeter starts out by saying that he cannot win all 162 games and how he feels bad for saying that. What? Jeter feels bad about saying something that is true 100% of the time? A fact as some call it.

Later, he says that some people don’t even know who was playing. Well, duh. The fans know who the stars are, and Jeter keeps trading them away. Giancarlo Stanton to his beloved Yankees and JT Realmuto to division rival Phillies. Hard to know who the players are when either no one does anything or the ones worth getting to know will be shipped off soon.

Lastly, Jeter says that he is focused on the experience for fans. I guess when you can’t show the fans some quality baseball, you have to throw in some gimmicks to make it bearable. I am not much of a TV baseball watcher, but going to a ballpark is one of my favorite things of all time to do. Dollar Dog and Beer Night can make me cancel just about any plan I had previously. But, if I never hear one crack of the bat, then I will feel just a little bit cheated of the experience.

I don’t even have baseball team that I root for, but I know Jeter is doing something wrong. Only a matter of time before there is a full mutiny on him.