Pat Riley in Trade Talks: Tyler Herro’s Status Hangs in the Balance

June 22, 2023

The Miami Heat made an unexpected run to the NBA Finals as a No. 8 seed, defying expectations and capturing the attention of basketball fans worldwide. 


However, their journey ended in disappointment as they fell to the Denver Nuggets in the championship series. Looking ahead, the Heat has been actively involved in trade talks, with Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard emerging as potential targets. This has put young guard Tyler Herro’s future with the team in question. Despite missing most of the playoffs due to a broken right hand, Tyler Herro played a crucial role for the Heat during the regular season. He showcased his scoring prowess, averaging a career-best 20.1 points per game, with 5.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists. 

“We missed him (Herro) (in the playoffs),” Riley admitted. “People don’t realize how lethal he is. He grows bigger in the most important moments. We have two anchors in Bam (Adebayo) and Tyler.”

President Pat Riley recently expressed the team’s admiration for Herro, emphasizing his lethal scoring ability and knack for stepping up in the biggest moments.

Herro’s absence was keenly felt during the NBA Finals when the Heat lacked a consistent scorer to counter the firepower of the Denver Nuggets, led by Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. It underscored the significance of having a player like Herro, who has demonstrated his ability to contribute significantly on the offensive end.

While the Heat value Herro’s potential and the impact he can make on the court, trade rumors persist. The team’s pursuit of players like Bradley Beal or Damian Lillard may require them to part ways with Herro. 

At just 23 years old, Herro holds substantial trade value and could be an attractive asset for the Portland Trail Blazers if they consider a deal involving Lillard.

The Heat possesses the No. 18 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, providing them an additional trade asset. They could also include wing player Duncan Robinson, whose performances have been inconsistent, in potential trade packages.  Furthermore, Miami could leverage future first-round picks to sweeten deals and acquire established stars who can complement their existing core. The decision regarding Herro’s future will significantly impact the Heat’s pursuit of continued success in the NBA. Whether they retain him as a vital piece of their roster or use him as a trade asset to secure a proven star player remains to be seen.

As the Heat approach the offseason, their front office faces a critical juncture in shaping the team’s future. They must weigh the potential of Tyler Herro’s development against the allure of acquiring established stars to strengthen their championship aspirations. 

Ultimately, their decision will have far-reaching consequences for the Miami Heat and the young guard’s future in the NBA.