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RUMOR: Heat not hiding intention of making pitch for Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Heat

By now, everyone in the NBA knows the Miami Heat are going to pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo in the summer of 2021 if the former MVP decides to enter unrestricted free agency.

One NBA general manager who spoke to Sean Deveney of Heavy says everything the Heat do from now until 2021 has something to do with Antetokounmpo:

The Heat have every intention of making a pitch for Antetokounmpo and while they’re not out there tampering about it, they’re not hiding it, either.

Miami has $36 million committed to Jimmy Butler in 2021-22 but almost nothing else. They’ve have to pay Bam Adebayo and it can be presumed that players like Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson figure into the future, but the Heat won’t give out any money that might interfere with their ability to bring in Antetokounmpo.

“Everything they’ve done, any call that goes through them, it starts with, ‘How does this affect 2021?’” the GM said. “They want to be able to make that good pitch, with Jimmy Butler and Spo (coach Erik Spoelstra) and Pat Riley, that’s important to them. And it starts with Giannis.”

The Heat will have an easy time selling Antetokounmpo on their culture and playing alongside Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo.

But again, this will only happen if Giannis doesn’t sign the supermax extension with the Milwaukee Bucks this summer.

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