Bam Adebayo Rumors

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Bam Adebayo
Bam Adebayo
Position: F-C
Born: 07/18/97
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:243 lbs. / 110.2 kg.
Salary: $3,454,080
Bam Adebayo says he is in no position to dictate priorities to his fellow NBA players when it comes to either reporting to Disney World for the league’s restart or remaining in their communities to push for social justice. “I’m the dude that’s on the fence,” the Miami Heat center said. “I understand that we want to be in the middle of protests with our bodies and we want people to know that we’re there supporting Black Lives Matter, which I’m 100 percent about. And I’m 100 percent about going to the bubble and doing it on national television where everybody sees it.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
“So it’s really a touchy situation. It’s pick or choose,” Adebayo, 22, said, with NBA players given until Wednesday by the league to decide if they will participate in the resumption of play at the Wide World of Sports complex just outside of Orlando. “My personal opinion? I feel like whatever is calling upon you to do, I feel like you should do that. That’s just my opinion. I feel like if a dude wants to get his point across and wants to protest, I feel like he has the right to do that. And I feel like it’s the other dudes’ rights where they can go into the bubble and speak how they feel on national television after a big game or a big win.”
Once teams report to Disney, not only will there be strict enforcement of social distancing, in some cases up to 12 feet, but no fans in attendance. “The biggest thing we’re going to have to get over is playing with no fans,” Adebayo said. “I think that’s the biggest thing. But I feel like once we actually did the playing [of] games, I think we’ll all start to forget about we don’t have fans. So it’ll feel like an AAU tournament.” But, all while making sure a main thing remains a main thing, Adebayo closed his comments with, “Everybody remember, Black Lives Matter.”

Top young players seek NBA insurance

On the cusp of hundreds of millions of dollars in contract extensions, several of the NBA’s top young stars had a Friday call with National Basketball Players Association officials about the possibility of league-financed insurance policies to protect against career-threatening injuries in the bubble restart in Orlando, sources tell ESPN. Miami’s Bam Adebayo, Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox, the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Utah’s Donovan Mitchell and Boston’s Jayson Tatum — five players with significant star and earning power — talked with executive director Michele Roberts and senior counsel Ron Klempner about the NBPA facilitating talks with the league on possible insurance allowances for players, sources said.
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The NBPA and NBA have engaged on the possibility of protections for players in the event of serious COVID-19 illnesses or career-threatening injuries suffered in Orlando, sources told ESPN. The union and league are still negotiating details on the revised terms to the collective bargaining agreement before the 22-team restart. Together, Adebayo, Fox, Kuzma, Mitchell and Tatum have hoped the collective voice of such a starry group of elite young talent could shape the league’s thinking on sharing in the risk on insurance not only for them, but a broader swath of players returning to the season’s restart in Orlando, sources said.
You could easily make the case that no player drafted by the Miami Heat in the past decade is more worthy of a contract extension than Bam Adebayo, who becomes eligible for one this summer. If the vagaries of the salary cap were not an issue, the Heat assuredly would give him one. But as much as the Heat values Adebayo and wants to keep him long-term, giving him a multiyear extension this summer would be very damaging in the Heat’s efforts to lure Giannis Antetokounmpo or another star in 2021 free agency.
Storyline: Bam Adebayo Extension
Here’s why: If the Heat this summer locks up Adebayo to a max contract (or something close to it) that he appears increasingly likely to command, his full salary would be on the Heat’s books for the 2021-22 season, thus drastically reducing Miami’s cap space in the summer of 2021. But if the Heat doesn’t extend him this summer — and instead allows Adebayo to enter restricted free agency in the summer of 2021 — Miami could sign outside free agents first and then sign Adebayo to a new five-year deal in the 2021 offseason, with a cap charge of $15.3 million for that 2021-22 season regardless of what Miami pays him.
But there would be a bit of risk for Adebayo; any player is in jeopardy of sustaining a career-altering injury and Adebayo might prefer the security of an extension instead of going into the final year of a deal that will pay him $5.1 million next season, regardless of whether he signs an extension or not. Nevertheless, with as much as the Heat loves him, and Adebayo’s affection for the Heat, there’s little reason to believe that Adebayo would reject the wait-until-2021 scenario, particularly if Miami makes clear to Saratsis that it views him as a max player.
But All-Star center Bam Adebayo was forced to look ahead to 2021 when he was asked this week if he wants to spend his entire NBA career with the Heat. Adebayo, 22, will earn $5.1 million in the final year of his rookie-scale contract in 2020-21 before he’s eligible to become a restricted free agent in the summer of 2021 unless an extension with the Heat is signed this upcoming offseason. “Right now, my mindset is yes because I can’t dictate the future,” Adebayo said when asked if considers himself a “Heat lifer” during a Monday Instagram Live Interview with iHeartRadio’s Ashley Nicole. “If I could, I would like to stay here like [Udonis Haslem]. But you never know what happens in the future. Everybody just knew D-Wade was a lifer until he left because of situational reasons. You never know. But for me, I feel like I am. I feel like I would want to be a part of [one] organization like UD did just because I look up to UD.”
During the Instagram Live chat, Adebayo was asked if believes Heat All-Star wing Jimmy Butler is one of the most misunderstood players in the NBA. “Yeah,” Adebayo answered. “I can say he is just because if people don’t really know Jimmy, everybody is going to think he’s an [expletive]. But you got to get to know him. Like he can have his [expletive] moments, but he’s a very down to earth dude. The bottom line is he wants to win and he wants to bring other people with him to win. Like he doesn’t want that joy for himself.”
All-Star Heat teammate Jimmy Butler took two of the five hats before the season was suspended, wearing one around the locker room after a game in early March. Other Heat teammates, especially Bam Adebayo, (maybe jokingly) weren’t too happy that Butler got a hat before they did. “I didn’t know this was going to be such a big issue,” Dragic said with a smile during his chat with Jackson. “Everybody wants to have this hat right now. We still need to make those hats. Of course, the coronavirus and everything stopped it. But as soon as this is over, I promise everybody is going to get their hats. Maybe, we’re even going to start selling online and try to raise money to donate.”
Many have pointed to Adebayo as the next Heat icon — a lineage that includes Alonzo Mourning, Udonis Haslem and Dwyane Wade. And, as expected, Adebayo isn’t afraid of those expectations either. “You don’t want to be that one guy that can’t carry the load or isn’t ready to carry the load because it’s going to be a point in your career where it’s going to be your show,” Adebayo said. “So you have to put your big boy pants on and you got to go out there and produce, and I feel like I’ve done that so far this season. I feel like I really shouldered a lot of weight off of Jimmy [Butler], so Jimmy is not such the focal point. Just getting him easy buckets or just let him take a play off.
When Reid asked about the possibility of earning votes for this season’s NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, All-Defensive first team and Most Improved Player award, Adebayo said: “I want them all.” “But the one that I would say that sticks out the most is probably first-team All-Defense,” he admitted, “just because I came into the league being a defender and an energy guy and just working on my game to be able to play on both sides of the court. Coach gives me new challenges like guarding the best player on every team even though he’s not a big. Guarding point guards, guarding slashers, guarding the superstar. That’s just the level of respect I earned from my head coach, my teammates and other players.”
As for Adebayo specifically, Spoelstra was impressed with his star forward’s patience in the development process in Lexington. “I loved the fact that he played a role at Kentucky,” Spoelstra said. “I mentioned that when I first met with him. He said he was capable of more, but he loved being in that program, loved being developed by that coaching staff of Cal, Kenny Payne. But he had no problem playing that role. I like that fact that he was just willing to play defense, to rebound, to set screens and do that kind of thing and be okay with that.”
No. 13 Bam Adebayo: “My mom wore it in high school. I didn’t find that out until my junior year going into my senior year of summer. You know how it is: You get that last AAU tournament to play in. I wanted to put that number on for her. It felt great to me, and I’ve been wearing it ever since. The first number I wore was 24 because of Kobe Bryant. Everybody would do that fadeaway to the trash can and yell, ‘Kobe!’”
Last summer, Adebayo was cut from the USA Basketball tryouts for the World Cup. That only added fuel to his fire. “For me, it’s just going out there and proving people wrong,” he said. “I took that to the chin, and it gave me a bigger chip on my shoulder for the season.” It is why he is hopeful that this is not all there will be for the 2019-20 season. “I’m thinking bigger picture; I want a championship,” he said. “I feel like we can make a run and make noise and do a lot of things that people said we couldn’t.”
The Heat, among many other teams, are reportedly prepared to make a run at The Greek Freak, given the event he chooses to test free agency. Yet Adebayo won’t be the one persuading him to make the move: “At the end of the day, I can’t force a man to make that decision,” said Adebayo, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “That’s going to be his decision, his family’s decision. I can’t persuade him to do that.”
Storyline: Giannis Antetokounmpo Free Agency
The Heat All-Star knows people are going to play up this angle regardless: “I’m pretty sure people are going to run with that this summer and next summer,” Adebayo said of the common agent denominator. “In 2021, people are going to run with that. “But, at the end of the day, he takes care of me like he takes care of Giannis. And that’s just what you need in an agent. You want a guy that actually cares about everybody and not just some people who are doing better than others.”
The Heat, among many other teams, are reportedly prepared to make a run at The Greek Freak, given the event he chooses to test free agency. Yet Adebayo won’t be the one persuading him to make the move: “At the end of the day, I can’t force a man to make that decision,” said Adebayo, according to Ira Winderman of The South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “That’s going to be his decision, his family’s decision. I can’t persuade him to do that.”
Storyline: Giannis Antetokounmpo Free Agency
The Heat All-Star knows people are going to play up this angle regardless: “I’m pretty sure people are going to run with that this summer and next summer,” Adebayo said of the common agent denominator. “In 2021, people are going to run with that. “But, at the end of the day, he takes care of me like he takes care of Giannis. And that’s just what you need in an agent. You want a guy that actually cares about everybody and not just some people who are doing better than others.”