Kelly Olynyk Rumors

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Kelly Olynyk
Kelly Olynyk
Position: C
Born: 04/19/91
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:238 lbs. / 108 kg.
Salary: $12,667,885
As part of a sign-and-trade agreement with the 76ers involving Jimmy Butler, the Heat — according to multiple reports the night of June 30 — agreed to send Dragic to the Mavericks. Just hours later, reports surfaced that Dallas believed it was getting Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. in the deal and not Dragic. That miscommunication led to the Mavericks removing themselves from the trade and Dragic remaining with the Heat.
Kelly Olynyk is sporting some of his Miami Heat gear this week at his annual Olynyk Klynyk. But he was awfully close to being shipping out of south beach and sent to the Dallas Mavericks, the team that drafted him in 2013. “It obviously didn’t happen. It got called off or fell through, so it’s nothing now,” Olynyk told the media about the near-trade. “It is what it is. It’s a business. It’s the business side of the game, fortunate or unfortunate, however you want to look at it. But you get paid to do something you love and there’s not much to complain about in this industry, honestly.”
Storyline: Kelly Olynyk Trade?
Olynyk is expected to participate for Canada in the World Cup in China, which begins in late August. It’s part of his busy summer, with NBA training camps opening in late September. “If all goes well, you don’t get back to the USA until like Sept. 18 or something or 20,” Olynyk said. “Training camp starts like three or four days later. But [World Cup] training camp starts at the beginning of August.”
With the Eastern Conference proving to be particularly forgiving, a 38-41 record still has the Heat positioned to play on beyond Wednesday’s regular-season finale against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclay Center. “A three-game season,” forward James Johnson said, “I think that puts things in perspective. I think it’s a lot easier to bottle up three games and to know — empty the tank every game.” Or, as forward Kelly Olynyk said, no different than being down 3-1 in a best-of-seven playoff series. “We’ve put some good games together this year,” he said. “We’ve just got to do it three games in a row. That’s the key.”
Olynyk said he signed with Miami in the summer of 2017 at 258 pounds and 12.75 percent body fat, and he immediately started to see the results from the team’s program. The 7-footer is now down to 232 pounds and just 6 percent body fat. “It’s allowed me to play a lot of minutes and play them at a high level, and not get fatigued anymore or as fatigued as you would,” Olynyk said of his improved physique, with the Heat beginning a two-game trip Saturday against the Knicks. “It’s more of a lifestyle now.”
In addition to eating healthier, Olynyk began a postgame routine last season that requires him to get on the stationary bike for whatever the difference is between 40 minutes and the amount of minutes he played that day. “If I played 25 minutes, I bike 15 minutes. Whatever it takes to get to 40 minutes,” he said. “So sometimes if I didn’t play, I would bike 40 minutes. In my mind, it was like if they ever ask me to play 40 minutes, I can be able to.”
Albert Nahmad: Kelly Olynyk has a $1.0M bonus for playing 1,700 minutes; he’s played 1,589 thus far, so he needs to average just 12.3 minutes over the Heat’s final 9 games to get it… He also has a $400K bonus for making the playoffs… Either would push the Heat into luxury tax territory. If Kelly Olynyk achieves either of his bonuses, pushing the Heat into luxury tax territory, they may abandon their luxury tax avoidance preparation strategy and sign a 14th, and perhaps 15th, player early (i.e., giving them more than 6 combined days of service).
But he said, despite filling out the Heat’s cap with the 2017 long-term signings of James Johnson, Dion Waiters and Kelly Olynyk, that adding a quality piece in the interim could be all that is needed for a major leap by his team’s young core. “We’re chasing a playoff spot and we’re young, and then we’re going to be chasing some players that could come in,” he said, with the Heat likely limited only to salary-cap exception money this coming offseason. “If we could get one or two players to come in with this group, this young group, then I think the sky’s the limit for this team in the next couple of years.”
Tim Reynolds: Heat forward Kelly Olynyk, who loves snapbacks and long hair, is trying to use them for some good. He’s hosting Locks of Love hairpiece recipients for Saturday’s Heat-Pistons game. Olynyk donated his hair last year to Wigs for Kids. This is part of his #SnapBackKelly campaign.

If Olynyk achieves his contract bonus for playing at least 1,700 minutes or the Heat make the playoffs, which is another Olynyk bonus clause, then the Heat are essentially locked into paying the luxury tax and being on the clock for the onerous repeater tax. Should Olynyk not clock the targeted minutes and the Heat miss the playoffs, then there are contract machinations that could get the Heat under the tax, an NBA source with knowledge of the Heat situation confirmed to the Sun Sentinel.
With the Heat still over the 2018-19 tax even in the wake of the trades of Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington at last week’s deadline, the most feasible path to avoid the tax would be Olynyk missing out on his $1 million bonus for playing 1,700 minutes as well as his $400,000 bonus for the Heat making the playoffs. “I didn’t even know anything about that,” Olynyk said. “But I guess I would be a part of it.”
In moving back to .500 at 18-18, Miami has now beaten the lottery-bound Cavs (8-30) twice in the past week, after wins against Phoenix and Orlando in recent weeks. Beating lottery teams could never be assumed with this Heat team, but Miami is making progress there. Josh Richardson scored 24 points and Miami got helpful contributions from Derrick Jones Jr. (13 points, seven rebounds), Tyler Johnson (16 points), James Johnson (11 points), Kelly Olynyk (10 points) and Rodney McGruder (10 points). Hassan Whiteside added eight points and 12 rebounds, and Justise Winslow chipped in 10 points and seven assists.
Among the reasons Kelly Olynyk signed with the Miami Heat in the 2017 offseason was the way coach Erik Spoelstra explained how the team was prepared to explore his unique versatility. The latest exploration, however, caught the 3-point shooting 7-footer off guard, for the first time in his two seasons with the Heat held out of the lineup due to “Coach’s Decision” in Tuesday night’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets at AmericanAirlines Arena. “Obviously you want to play and you expect to play,” Olynyk said Wednesday, the last player to leave the practice court after taking extra shooting. “But Coach has decisions to make and that’s the decision he made. You respect it.”
Olynyk said there was no advance warning, nor did he expect any. “But you’re not always going to be warned what’s going to happen in life or else it wouldn’t be life,” Olynyk waxed. So he made up for the lost time first with extra cardio after Tuesday’s game and then the extra court time Wednesday. “You didn’t get to play, so you got to get your work in somewhere,” he said. “You still got to stay in shape, get a sweat, whether it’s lifting, riding the bike, conditioning, extra shots, because there’s going to be another opportunity. “The season is too long, so you’ve got to be ready when that time comes and when you get called upon and you got to deliver.”
Even after shedding 16 pounds last year in his first season with the Miami Heat, food remains near the top of Olynyk’s list of off-court interests. Ask the 7-footer about a specific dish, and he will come back with an answer so detailed that you’ll believe you just ate it. “Probably the most interesting food I ate this summer was when I went to India and I had to eat a bunch of real traditional Indian food,” said Olynyk, who spent part of his offseason in India to serve as a coach for the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program. “It was amazing. The spices, the meats that they prepare. India is different because they don’t eat any cow, they don’t eat any beef because it’s sacred over there. So it’s all chicken, duck and lamb. It was really quite fascinating going to a different country and learning about their food.”
Olynyk has grown accustomed to the Heat’s demand for more shot attempts. He has also grown accustomed to coach Erik Spoelstra’s outside-the box basketball ideas. “The way he does it doesn’t always go by the rules or guidelines or the typical process the way a regular basketball offense or game should go,” said Olynyk, who is entering the second season of a four-year, $50 million contract he signed with the Heat last summer. “There are a lot of times where they kind of put the ball in my hands and let me create or be a trigger for the offense, and making passes, plays and reads. That utilizes my IQ to the best ability. That’s something I really enjoyed.”
Olynyk and Joel Anthony, now 36, the most senior of the senior team players, are teammates again, hoping to find a way to restore Canada to some semblance of international basketball relevance. It’s something of a sport to obsess on the Canadian NBA veterans who don’t or haven’t made a serious commitment to the national team program, and it is a newsworthy endeavour to do so every time the team gets together. But Olynyk and Anthony, at different stages of their lives and careers, illustrate there are those who take Canada very seriously. And if the country is to be represented at the big international events again — those games at the 2010 worlds mark the last time Canada was anywhere — younger players need to draw inspiration from the model set by Olynyk and Anthony.
He has excellent size and athleticism for his age, too. With his father, Rowan, having serving as Nash’s right-hand man as both a player and now with the senior team, he has also had the requisite education in the game. “He’s a freak athletically,” Olynyk said. “He’s got a little ways to go, but he’s gonna be real good. He sees the game really well, has a vast skill set — which is gonna help him. … Right now he’s an unbelievable player, but if he makes everyone around him that much better, he’s gonna be one of those guys who’s unstoppable and a franchise person who’s at a high level for basketball.”
HoopsHype: Are there any other players whom you study a lot or try to take certain aspects of their game? Moritz Wagner: Yeah, there are a lot of players. I watch a ton of basketball, including the playoffs this year. There have been some really great series throughout this postseason. As far as specific players, Kevin Garnett is another player I idolize and he’s another one of my favorite players of all-time. I loved his passion and intensity. There are a lot of guys I watch who are in the league now too, like Dario Saric, Kelly Olynyk and Anthony Davis. There is so much stuff you can learn from watching a guy like Davis. I just love watching basketball; I’m a blessed man to, hopefully, be able to get paid to play and watch this game.
The Nets have been popular in Asia for years, and Caris LeVert is adding to that surprising hotbed of Brooklyn fandom. LeVert is going to participate in Basketball Without Borders Asia, with an announcement set for Thursday. Brooklyn’s rising young combo guard will be joined in India by Corey Brewer of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kelly Olynyk of the Miami Heat and Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks. BWB Asia 2018 will be held from May 30 through June 2 at the NBA Academy India in Delhi, and will be run in partnership with Nike. It’s the second time the development and community outreach program – run by the league and by FIBA – will be in India. It’s also not LeVert’s first trip to Asia, either.
Adebayo played 21 minutes in his playoff debut, scoring six points and grabbing one rebound. Coach Erik Spoelstra used Adebayo in his center rotation with Kelly Olynyk as starting center Hassan Whiteside logged just 12 minutes. “He’s playing and he’s contributing,” Spoelstra said. “He doesn’t get sick at sea. It’s not the same in college, but he’s been in some big-time situations before. It’s how you manage emotions and focus on only the task at hand and he does that very well.”
Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk said he reached out to former Celtics teammate and two-time All-Star Isaiah Thomas before he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair his right hip Thursday in New York. “I played with him for three years,” Olynyk said. “Unbelievable dude. He helped us immensely. He’s just been in a real tough situation. It’s been a tough year especially at the time of his career when things were looking so bright.”
Storyline: Isaiah Thomas Injury
“I don’t know what will happen in terms of [Isaiah Thomas’] contract, but he deserves to make money in this game,” said Olynyk, who signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Heat this summer. “He’s brought a lot to the game, brought a lot to that city in Boston. Anywhere he goes, he gives his heart and soul to the game of basketball. Last year, [during our playoff run] we didn’t know it, but he was sacrificing his own career for everybody in that city. No one knew that at the time.
Kelly Olynyk on Isaiah Thomas: “If you look back a year now, he literally sacrificed his career, his earnings, everything for that stretch. And then to get traded and get traded again and now to have surgery, I don’t know if he has any regrets or looks at it a different way, but you just wish him the best. Good people deserve good things in this world and hopefully it comes for him.”
Kelly Olynyk went through the morning shootaround but was held out for a fifth consecutive game due to a strained left shoulder. The Heat next play Saturday night against the Memphis Grizzlies at AmericanAirlines Arena, before a two-day break. “He’s not ready to play, but he’s progressing. He’s getting better — still not full contact,” coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It’ll heal on its own time. He is getting better. He’s making progress. He’s getting ready to play. As long as he’s getting better, that’s a good sign for me.”
First, let’s make this clear: Heat center Hassan Whiteside wasn’t complaining about the significant reduction in his playing time this season. But when asked how he’s dealing with it, Whiteside also made this very clear: It’s frustrating. And he hopes that it changes at some point during his Heat tenure, with more minutes alongside Bam Adebayo one potential solution that appeals to him. “It’s tough; I mean it’s tough,” he said last week when asked how he has dealt with his average minutes per game dropping from 32.6 last year to 25.7 this season. But Whiteside also said that front office decisions created this situation. “That’s what the GM wanted,” he said. “Pat Riley drafted a center [Bam Adebayo]. Kelly Olynyk, they gave him a big contract. That’s what they wanted – they wanted more people in the frontcourt. That’s what the Heat wanted.”
Erik Spoelstra says James Johnson’s role isn’t “dramatically different.” He still wants the 6-9, 250-pound power forward to have the ball in his hands, to create offense for his teammates, to attack the basket at the right moments. That’s a lot of what Johnson did when he helped spearhead the Heat’s 30-11 finish last season before signing a four-year, $60 million deal to stay in Miami last summer. Spoelstra has simply asked Johnson to do what he does in a different way – in an offense with several new wrinkles in it (mainly dribble handoffs) – and in fewer minutes because the roster now includes Kelly Olynyk and rookie Bam Adebayo.
Dinwiddie’s not the first player to use a cup as a cloak for food. According to Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk, Gerald Wallace used to keep Skittles in one. Gerald Green, Olynyk adds, sips coffee “with like 12 creams and sugars” while watching games. Cleveland Cavaliers forward Channing Frye says he’s seen teammates—he won’t name names—eat full meals behind the bench. And even the sport’s biggest stars, who also find themselves watching from the sidelines for nearly 30 minutes in real time every night, grow hungry. During a preseason game this October, cameras discovered LeBron James picking popcorn out of a paper cup.
“I hope I have some of these tough decisions now, where we have great options and guys that can produce, guys that are comfortable. That’s the way it should be,” Spoelstra said after Bam Adebayo (2 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists in 10 minutes, 42 seconds in the fourth quarter Tuesday) and Kelly Olynyk (2 points, 4 rebounds in 6 minutes, 25 seconds in the fourth quarter) more than held their own in the final period Tuesday. “To do what we want to do, it should be very competitive for minutes, and guys shouldn’t just be gifted minutes, but expected to produce,” Erik Spoelstra continued perhaps tossing a hint at Hassan Whiteside and others. “I think it’ll all work out, because of the skill set. I just need to figure out what the best fits are for each guy. Right now, I think it’s easy to see that Bam and K.O. is really a fun dynamic. They play well off each other. Guys like playing with those two guys. Their skill sets complement each other. So we’ll be able to build on the other ones, as well.”
The fact Kelly Olynyk and Bam Adebayo have been a productive combination together in the frontcourt surprises none of their teammates. “You can tell they’ve had a lot of reps together now,” Wayne Ellington said. “They’re starting to get used to each other. They both can pass the ball extremely well. It’s fun for guards to play with those guys. They’re always looking to set the screen. Bam can get to the rim and K.O. opens things up with his three-point ability. It’s tough for teams to guard those guys when they’re in there together.”
An aggressive Kelly Olynyk is an effective Kelly Olynyk, according to the Heat. Olynyk attempted a season-high 15 shots — including a season-high eight 3-pointers — Wednesday on his way to a career-high 32-point performance in a win over his former team, the Boston Celtics. Considering Olynyk is averaging just 6.9 shot attempts per game this season and 7.5 shot attempts in his NBA career, Wednesday’s stat line seems like an outlier. But the Heat hope it’s the start of a trend, even if it doesn’t result in 30-point performances every time. “Especially the way teams are defending now, especially in pick-and-roll,” point guard Goran Dragic said when asked how important it is for Olynyk to stay aggressive on offense. “They start blitzing. If Kelly pops, nobody is there. We don’t want him to pump fake or put the ball on the floor. We just want him to shoot. He’s an excellent shooter. He did it tonight. We want him to shoot close to six, seven threes a game. That helps a lot because it opens the floor and brings that other guy out. It’s easier to create.”
Dion Waiters has been pushing the skilled 7-footer [Kelly Olynyk] to shoot more, too. “Look what happens when you shoot the ball. I wish I had the luxury of coach telling me to shoot,” Waiters joked. “That’s what happens. We’ve been telling him all year, shoot the ball, shoot the ball. He picked a great night to let that thing fly. I yell at him all the time because me and him are mostly in the pick-and-roll and I tell him it opens up the game for me. If you shoot, you make two, you miss two, you keep shooting no matter what, especially if they’re going to give it to you. Not too many bigs want to go out there and zone and then run back out there to the 3-point line. Not too many guys want to do that.”