A new report says the Miami Heat are “hiding” in potential trade talks with the Utah Jazz, who spent the offseason revising their roster.
Tony Jones, who covers Jazz for The Athletic, pointed out on ‘The Drive with Spence Checketts’ podcast that the main sticking point in any trade negotiation could be Heat sniper Duncan Robinson’s contract.
“Miami is hiding,” Jones said. “But to do a trade with Miami, the Jazz would probably have to take Duncan Robinson back, and it’s just a really, really, really bad contract because he has three years left, four years, actually. It is therefore a very difficult contract to resume for the Jazz.
It’s unclear exactly who the Heat might sue over the Jazz. However, other teams have signaled an interest in veteran forward Bojan Bogdanovic, with the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns being mentioned prominently.
Bogdanovic, 33, would offer the Heat a connected player on 39.2% of his 3-point shots during his NBA career. He has one year left on a contract that will earn him just over $19 million for the next campaign.
Other possible trade candidates may include guards Jordan Clarkson and Malik Beasley. Still, a possible downside to trade talks could be that the Jazz would seek first-round picks for Bogdanovic, Clarkson and Beasley.
A final possibility could be another veteran Jazz goaltender, Mike Conley. The problem is that Conley turns 35 next month and has a contract that will pay him $22.7 million for the upcoming season and $24.4 million for the 2023-24 campaign.
Robinson was an undrafted free agent who first signed with the Heat in 2018. He had shown enough promise that the Heat rewarded him last year with a new five-year contract worth $90. millions of dollars.
However, Robinson, 28, saw his numbers plummet last season, including in a department that had been one of his biggest selling points. He connected on 37.2% of his 3-pointers last year after successfully connecting on 40.8% of his attempts during the 2020-21 season.
Given the Jazz’s emphasis on storing future assets in their previous deals this offseason, it’s unclear how eager they are to accept a contract like Robinson’s.
The Heat are rumored to be pursuing a potential deal with former Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. A later report said the Heat never made an offer for Mitchell, who was eventually dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
After coming agonizingly close to a berth in the 2022 NBA Finals, the Heat apparently remain aggressive in an effort to take that next step.