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Sep 20, 2021 at 6:05 AM
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Q: Ira, who is the backup point guard? — David.
A: Based on the current composition of the roster, the depth chart would indicate Gabe Vincent. And yet I’m not sold that Gabe even will be part of the primary rotation. When Kyle Lowry goes out, more than likely, Tyler Herro will enter. Does that mean that Tyler will be the backup point guard? I doubt it. Such a role hardly played to Tyler’s strengths at the start of last season. More likely is that will be when Jimmy Butler advances the ball and Bam Adebayo facilitates the offense. A return of Victor Oladipo could restore order at the point. But until then, it likely will be backup by committee.
Q: Hey Ira, as a max player for the Heat, do you think Bam Adebayo has an upside anything close to Nikola Jokic? Obviously the 3-point shooting is missing, as are the overall FG attempts per game. I love Bam and hope he figures it out on being more aggressive, especially looking for his shot. — David, Venice.
A: I do not. But I also believe Bam Adebayo has a way higher defensive ceiling than Nikola Jokic. Similarly, his offensive game may never match that of Karl-Anthony Towns, but his defensive game will tower far above. Conversely, there is an offensive game that already surpasses what is offered from defensively dominant Rudy Gobert. If you’re seeking two-way comparisons, the current standard when it comes to two-way play from centers is Joel Embiid. If Bam can get anywhere close to that, it will be extension dollars well invested.
Q: There is only one logical explanation to the ongoing, ridiculous Udonis Haslem situation — taking up a roster spot with no discernable benefit other than that he somehow motivates seasoned professional athletes who somehow cannot muster up the strength to try really hard if he is not cheering them on. That explanation is an under-the-table agreement when he joined the Big Three for less money than he could have gotten elsewhere, a decade ago, that the Heat would keep him on as a player for as long as he wanted. If course, the Heat can never admit that as it is against the rules, and maybe even Erik Spoelstra doesn’t know about the agreement. Any comments? — Andrew, Coral Gables.
A: This is no way the Heat would risk the penalties associated with salary-cap circumvention with such a deal, implied or otherwise. To me, this is more the Heat’s way of trying to make things right from a franchise perspective after the debacle over Dwyane Wade’s departure in 2016. From that point, icons essentially were ceded salary for life.