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.

I’m Back Just In Time For The NBA Lottery

A potential top 5 pick leak? Suns saying they want Ja Morant over Zion Williamson? Knicks saying they’d trade the #1 pick for Anthony Davis?

Best part is, this is all happening right when I finally can get back to writing.

As many hardcore fanatics know, this is the beginning of the beginning of what will be the craziest draft in NBA history. Is it because this lottery can decide the fate of every team in the NBA? Well yeah, that’s the saying every year. Could it be because a genetic freak is considered locked-in first overall pick? Perhaps, but I think the depth of talent in this draft is what is more important.

In reality, it might be because this is the first time a class has actually affected offseason plans for certain teams. Many reports are saying Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving could go to the Knicks if Zion were to go there. Would the same hold true if Zion went to the Mavs? Nope, Knicks would be SOL faster than the 76ers conference finals’ aspirations. What if the Hawks score the #1 pick in the “Zion Lottery” (as this draft has been dubbed)? Could we see KD set his sites on HAWK-lanta and a possible Al Horford/Paul Millsap return?

Pictured: Zion Williamson, the Lord and Savior of Duke basketball and project #1 overall pick in the 2019 NBA draft.

As the Lord and Savior appointed by ESPN, Zion Williamson (shown above) has just as little of a clue as the casual fan does about what may occur in the offseason, let alone tonight. We could see so many fanbases crash and burn in seconds with the reveal of these picks. However, the clock for the draft starts shortly after the presentation ends, and there is only one thing for certain after that…

…the Cavs will surely **** their pick up.

Pictured: Anthony Bennett, biggest bust in Cleveland Cavaliers draft history and overall NBA draft history

Enes Kanter Will Skip NBA London Game

The New York Knicks are set to take on the Washington Wizards on January 17th in London. Enes Kanter will be staying behind in the United States. Officially, the team has stated that he will not be making the trip because of a problem with his visa, but Kanter, as outspoken as he always is, admitted that he will not be going overseas, because he fears for his life due to his ongoing feud with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In 2016, Kanter was critical of the Turkish President on Twitter which ignited the controversy. A year later, Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked and a warrant was put out for his arrest while he was traveling in Romania. The next year, his father was arrested because of his Kanter’s thoughts, the center believes.

When asked if he truly believes he would be killed in London, he said, “Oh yeah, easy… They’ve got a lot of spies there. I can get killed very easy. That will be a very ugly situation.” It is crazy to think that there are still leaders that still act this way. Not trying to make a political statement, but this next quote reminded me how happy I am to live in America.

To reporters, Kanter went into more detail, “I’m not going so I’m just going to stay here to just practice here. It’s pretty sad that all this stuff affects my career and basketball because I want to be out there and help my team win. But just because of that one lunatic guy—one maniac, one dictator—I can’t even go out there and just do my job. It’s pretty sad.”

Of course, I hope this is all in Kanter’s head and just a little bit of paranoia. No one should have to fear an organization that is put in place to protect them.