He’s been among the best defenders in the league so far — he’d be in the conversation for defensive player of the year if that conversation was being held today — and his offensive game is evolving nicely. In a season of disappointment and disruption, the coaching staff and management are privately over the moon with his play and his nightly availability.
January 26, 2023 | 8:02 pm EST Update
According to a Western Conference source, the Heat remains interested in acquiring Phoenix Suns and former Heat forward Jae Crowder, but the Suns have resisted the Heat’s trade concepts and other interested teams have a clearer pathway to a deal. Talks with Miami simply haven’t gained traction, according to the source. Duncan Robinson’s name was raised in trade discussions with Phoenix, but the Suns had no interest in taking on the final 3 1/2 seasons of his five-year, $90 million contract, the source said. Miami has not shown any inclination to offer Caleb Martin in a deal for Crowder.
Among other power rotation players who have been linked to the Heat in trade discussions: Atlanta’s John Collins, Utah’s Jared Vanderbilt and the Pelicans’ Willie Hernangomez. Meanwhile, even though the Heat is not aggressively trying to trade point guard Kyle Lowry, his name has been mentioned in trade speculation and a deal involving Lowry cannot be completely ruled out.
Gerald Bourguet: “I caught it from my baby boy. Sorry to throw you under the bus, junior.” Deandre Ayton said when he was trying to get back on the court and find his breath, he felt like he was in Denver. Was also dealing with headaches, but was thankful it wasn’t COVID or the flu:
A rare Air Jordan 1 that was originally released as an NYC exclusive in 2016 is reportedly receiving a formal release later this year. According to @zsneakerheadz and Sneaker Files, the black-and-red “Bred” Air Jordan 1 Satin is set to launch as a women’s exclusive. In-hand images of the 2023 pair have yet to surface, but it’s expected to feature an all-satin upper like the previous version.