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Rumor: De’Aaron Fox a Giannis Antetokounmpo backup plan for Heat

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The Miami Heat are still holding out hope they can land Giannis Antetokounmpo in free agency next season, though some signs are pointing to them not getting that opportunity. Even if the Heat can’t pull off that coup, Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald believes the “odds are strong” the franchise will bring in another star by the start of the 2021-22 season. This belief comes after conversations with people around the NBA, and Jackson drops Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox as a possibility after the Kings’ selection of Tyrese Haliburton with the No. 12 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Fox is eligible for an extension this offseason and wants a max contract, or at least something close to it. The general belief is that Fox will wind up signing an extension with the Kings, and The Athletic writes that the selection of Haliburton “is actually a commitment to Fox that the team is committed to a style of play that will allow him to flourish.”

So, it would seem as if a Fox move to Miami isn’t likely. However, things can change quickly in the NBA, and maybe Jackson is hearing rumblings that the young Kings star could still move on in the near future. There’s a new front office in Sacramento led by Monte McNair, and perhaps he’s willing to make drastic moves in an attempt to get the franchise back on a winning path.

Fox had an up-and-down third season in the NBA. He put up a career-high 21.1 points per game on 48.0% shooting while tallying 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest, but his 3-point shooting took a major dip down to 29.2% after he hit 37.1% of his triples in Year 2. The 22-year-old did deal with some injuries as the Kings fell short of the playoffs with a disappointing 31-41 record.

Keep an eye on this situation.