Despite being linked to some major moves prior to the February trade deadline, the Miami Heat were relatively quiet throughout one of, if not the busiest periods of the NBA season. Apart from sending KZ Okpala to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Heat opted to stand pat at the deadline and to carry out the remainder of the season with their current squad.

As it turns out, however, there was no lack of activity for Pat Riley and his front office during the trade deadline. As per usual, the Heat were reportedly gauging the market for a potential trade that could take their team to the next level. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, 27-year-old swingman Duncan Robinson was actually in some danger of being traded to an opposing team:

With the strong play of Gabe Vincent and Max Strus—shooting 38 percent and 40.4 percent from deep, respectively—the league’s shrewdest team strategists have come to view Robinson as expendable. Miami already gauged his value with several front offices before the February deadline, sources said, although no talks were considered serious.

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Robinson has firmly established himself as a key player in coach Erik Spoeltsra’s rotation over the past few years. Apparently, this is exactly why the Heat were willing to use him as a trade chip for teams that might be interested in a player like Robinson. The report did not indicate which teams the Heat were talking to about the 6-foot-7 guard/forward and obviously, nothing really materialized. However, the big takeaway here is that Duncan Robinson is anything but indispensable.

It is worth noting that it has barely been a year since the Heat signed Robinson to a massive long-term extension. The former Michigan standout is expected to pocket close to $90 million through the 2025-26 season. This is going to be a major factor if and when Miami chooses to include Robinson in trade talks this summer.

This season, Robinson is averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.6 assists in 26.9 minutes per game. He is started 59 games for Miami and is currently one of the league leaders in 3-pointers made with 3.0 per game.