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Pat Riley sounds off on shielding Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson in Kyle Lowry trade

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All eyes were on the Miami Heat and their young stars Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson as the front office were in line to make big moves before the NBA trade deadline on Thursday. But as the final buzzer sounded, both Herro and Robinson remained as members of the Heat and it seems that they will continue to be in the foreseeable future, at least according to team president Pat Riley.

And it seems like Riley has no regrets about his decision (via Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald).

Herro and Robinson were the two guys being thrown around as the Heat tried to acquire Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Apparently, according to Riley, the Heat weren’t going to cross that line and wouldn’t go to the extent of compromising their future.

“You can’t let go of those two assets because they can become truly great.”

After the NBA trade deadline, Riley was indeed successful in retaining his core with both Herro and Robinson staying put. The two young guards were instrumental in the Heat’s title quest last season. Lowry also did not move cities as the Raptors’ asking price was reportedly too hefty.

The Heat did end up making a big move as they acquired former All-Star guard Victor Oladipo from the Houston Rockets in exchange for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and a possible 2022 first round pick.

Now, Pat Riley has his eyes set on potentially signing another former All-Star in LaMarcus Aldridge as the big man was officially bought out by the San Antonio Spurs.