RUMOR: Heat’s willingness to trade Tyler Herro for Victor Oladipo, revealed
Tyler Herro, as a 20-year old, was one of the best players on the Miami Heat during their run to the NBA Finals in the bubble.
The lottery pick was named to the All-Rookie second team and averaged 16 points per game in the playoffs — including a 37-point performance in the Eastern Conference finals.
The Heat think Herro has Devin Booker-level potential, per Zach Harper of The Athletic, but Pat Riley could still be willing to part ways with the former no. 13 overall pick if he wants to aggressively pursue a star this offseason.
Those star targets could include Giannis Antetokounmpo — if he chooses not to sign the supermax with the Milwaukee Bucks —or Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal. That list likely not does include Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo, according to Harper.
Miami will have to choose whether to remain patient with their roster and hope to land a star via free agency (possibly Antetokounmpo) after the upcoming season, or look to cash in some of their many assets — Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn and a slew of first round picks — to add an All-Star-caliber player now.
“Prying him away from the Heat will take a very big star.” Harper writes. “If they won’t give up Herro, then they’ll need to trade first-round picks starting in 2025 … If Nunn and cap flexibility are the players involved, those future picks will have to fly. If we throw Robinson into the mix, it becomes easier to not have to part with future picks. If Herro is involved, there is no need to attach future picks. It’s just hard to see Herro being involved unless they’re acquiring Giannis or Beal in a potential trade. League sources believe a trade for Oladipo wouldn’t even consider including Herro on Miami’s end of it. ‘Riley hangs up.'”
Oladipo is on the trading block a year ahead of his free agency. He hasn’t regained his All-Star form since returning from a brutal knee injury suffered in Jan. 2019, resulting in a reportedly underwhelming market.
In 2019-20, the two-time All-Star averaging 14.5 points in 19 games.