And yet, because he also is aware of the power of social media, Robinson paused during his most recent edition of The Long Shot podcast to make two things clear: — He has not made a decision to leave the Miami Heat in free agency. — And he also has not made a decision on whether he will stay.
But because rumor season is in full swing, Robinson made a point on his podcast that dropped Friday to assure that there are no tea leaves to be read at the moment, even when co-host Davis Reid, his longtime friend, joked about Robinson possibly removing a piece of Heat memorability from his den. “I want to get out in front of Davis somehow alluding to me maybe not being in Miami moving forward,” Robinson chimed in. “That’s not at all what that was. There’s been a lot of speculation, confusion.”
Robinson then explained his consternation. “Somebody on our social media posted that — quote, unquote — we’re back, basically,” he said. “And there were a lot of people in the comments somehow putting together that that meant that I was coming back to Miami. Which, for the record, I would love to do. “But we’re also just not in the time frame where that type of news gets broken. We’re about a month and a half removed.”
Whether those checks will come from the Heat or elsewhere, possibly even as part of a sign-and-trade transaction with another team, make it a particularly intriguing offseason. “So, basically what I’m saying is, there will be no free-agency Easter eggs dropped in the podcast,” he said, before dropping somewhat of a breadcrumb. “With that being said, are there plans to have maybe some sort of an announcement included in the podcasts? Now that’s a different story. “So make sure you like and subscribe for future episodes,” he said, before making his Wojnarowski reference.
Ira Winderman: As Heat’s Duncan Robinson mulls NBA free agency, there will be a price to pay. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… "Obviously, I've had an incredible experience here, love this organization for many different reasons. So, we'll see."
On the other hand, cap holds don’t do Miami any good if Miami wants to sign-and-trade for talent. Any sign-and-trade would require the Heat to stay below the apron (about $6 million above the tax line), and that could prove difficult. Sources tell The Athletic that Nunn could get offers in the $15 million a year range and Robinson perhaps even more, especially if he can burn all the tape of him guarding Khris Middleton.
Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson will enter restricted free agency this offseason, and ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski thinks he's due for a significant pay raise.
Robinson is only looking at a $4.7 million qualifying offer after earning $1.66 million in 2020-21, but Wojnarowski reported that teams may offer the 27-year-old around $20 million in an effort to get him away from the Heat.
Ira Winderman: Sun Sentinel can confirm that Heat has fully guaranteed the 2020-21 $1.7 million contracts for both Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn. Both had had staggered guarantee dates. Both will next become restricted free agents in 2021 offseason, with only $2.1 million cap holds.
John Hollinger: League source says Miami has guaranteed the unprotected deals of Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson for this season. Goodwill gesture for two important 2021 restricted free agents.
Anthony Chiang: Heat announces it has signed Duncan Robinson to a standard NBA contract. Brings roster to 14 players.
Albert Nahmad: Heat has officially signed Duncan Robinson to a one-year, two-way contract. Miami quickly locked in the undrafted 24-year-old, 6-foot, 8-inch forward from U of Michigan, who has shown a sweet 3-point shooting stroke, before any other team got any ideas about stealing him away.
The agreement will allow Robinson to earn up to $275,000, but also can be converted any time to a standard NBA contract, provided the Heat have an available spot on their 15-player NBA roster. Two-way contracts do not count against the 15-play limit, with teams able to carry up to two such players per season.
Michael Scotto: The Miami Heat and Duncan Robinson (Michigan) have agreed to a one-year, 2-way deal, league sources told The Athletic. Robinson, who attended Williams Ephs before Michigan, will have the opportunity to become the first D-III player since Devean George to play in the NBA.
July 31, 2021 | 12:04 pm EDT Update
Bryn Forbes parted ways with Milwaukee after not playing in the last three games of the Finals, and league sources said the Brooklyn Nets are believed to be a leading candidate for him. Other teams to keep an eye on: Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas and New Orleans.
With teams and players able to negotiate free-agent deals beginning on Monday at 6:00pm ET, the 31-year-old will enter the new league year as a coveted three-and-D wing. “I’ve been in the league for a while,” Ennis told Hoops Rumors in a phone interview this week. “I’m in the league for a reason, obviously. Good vet, a good locker room guy, good teammate all-around. I just want to win. That’s my biggest thing.”
The veteran forward will enter free agency armed with a respectable 41-game sample that should make him an appealing under-the-radar target for teams in need of a wing. “I like Orlando a lot. When I first got here, I got an opportunity — and that’s all you can ask from a coach,” said Ennis, who was dealt from the Sixers to the Magic at the 2020 deadline. “I’ve definitely enjoyed the city and I’ve made a lot of good memories with my daughter.”
Keith Smith: Per a source: The Detroit Pistons have extended a qualifying offer to Two-Way player Saben Lee. He’s now a restricted free agent. The Pistons have also officially renounced the draft rights to Jaylen Hands.