#bugbrady how good do the heat think KZ Okpala can be?
— LJ (@ljwatkins03) November 5, 2020
Well, Miami definitely views KZ Okpala as apart of their young core for the future.
The reason that is so clear is because they are very reluctant to include KZ in possible trades for a star. They’ve seen his potential since the NBA draft, since they were set to pick KZ with the 13th overall pick if Tyler Herro was already taken.
I believe he has a role in Miami’s rotation this next season, basically replacing what Derrick Jones Jr was asked to do.
And as I’ve mentioned before, he’s going through a similar process that Duncan Robinson went through, by going back and forth between the G-League and Heat team in his rookie year while flying under the radar. I don’t think it’ll be exactly like Duncan, since he went immediately into the starting lineup, but he definitely will have a role.
Miami has high hopes for his future and Heat fans should too.
#bugbrady How do you feel about giving up Herro for Giannis or Jrue?
— Juan Hernandez (@thenumbajuan) November 5, 2020
Well, these are definitely two separate questions.
I believe that Tyler Herro should be included in a possible deal for Giannis Antetokounmpo if needed, but I definitely don’t feel the same way about Jrue Holiday.
The only way Pat Riley and Miami’s front office will send away Tyler Herro is for a generational talent like Giannis. Jrue Holiday is a solid player, and I believe he’d fit tremendously on this Heat team, but it’s not a clear upgrade in Miami’s eyes.
Obviously Jrue is a better player than Tyler, especially on the defensive end, but he is also 10 years older than Herro. And it’s also been reported that Miami would not include Tyler Herro in any possible trade for Jrue.
But once again, if the only way to get Giannis is via trade, Miami definitely would think about trading Herro away to get the whale.
I love Fox, but would his lack of three point efficiency concern you?
Three guys in the starting lineup that can’t shoot would make me nervous.
— MIAMI RUNS ON DUNCAN (@DBosJumpshot) October 31, 2020
De’Aaron Fox’s three point shooting actually wouldn’t concern me at all.
For one, he’s the number one option on the Sacramento Kings, which means efficiency is not always his worry. Instead, he just makes sure to get a bunch of shots up, even if shooting isn’t his best attribute.
But if he was the third option on this Heat team, his shot selection would change dramatically, including a lot more open corner threes.
And by the way, when you have Duncan Robinson on the floor, shooting should never be a worry.
Adding De’Aaron Fox to Miami’s offense would not hurt them, instead their offense would be even more fluid and it would improve their offensive speed. It’s also clear what he would do to Miami’s defense, since he can lock up any opposing guards.
If Miami can reunite this Kentucky duo, it would be pretty ideal.