ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported that Adebayo’s agent, Alex Saratsis, will meet with the Heat this week regarding where Miami stands on a possible max extension that would leave the Heat with less 2021 cap space. Adebayo is expected to speak to reporters Tuesday in the context of a charitable Thanksgiving event.
Ira Winderman: Goran Dragic, on wearing "Bam" shirt, when Dragic signed his new deal Sunday, "I know we're going to take care of him." Adebayo is eligible for an extension over the next month.
The Miami Heat previously showed interest in the Italian forward at the trade deadline. If Giannis Antetokounmpo signs an extension with Milwaukee, some around the league expect Miami to extend Bam Adebayo, try to bring back Goran Dragic, and upgrade at forward. That could open the door for Gallinari to land with Miami as a free agent on a multi-year deal.
Albert Nahmad: If Heat want to be assured to be able to keep core + retain a Giannis-sized max salary slot for 2021: 🔥 They can’t extend Bam, and 🔥 Any long-term salary they take on (in free agency or trade) needs to be for a player: (x) who's tradable, or (y) who fits into excess cap room
Rival teams are monitoring Adebayo’s extension situation and the aftereffects if Miami bypasses extending their superstar big man. Miami is preparing to go all in on the pursuit of Milwaukee’s two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021 free agency, sources said. There is a school of thought that salary-wise, waiting on Adebayo’s extension would allow for as much space as possible for 2021. But given Adebayo’s presence, leadership and meaning to the Heat franchise, this is a straight-forward conversation between team executives and Adebayo’s agent, Alex Saratsis: A max extension this offseason or not.
NBA Central: Brian Windhorst says to keep an eye on Bam Adebayo and Giannis Antetokounmpo this off season "It’s interesting to point out that Bam and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the same agent. . . If neither of them sign extensions this off season, watch out for the Miami Heat." (🎥 ESPN) pic.twitter.com/hQXIytB8L2
All of this circles back to one of the most important decisions facing Miami: Bam Adebayo. He’ll be eligible for a max extension this offseason, and if he makes one of the top three 2020-21 All-NBA teams and/or wins Defensive Player of the Year, he’ll be eligible for a five-year deal that could pay him nearly $200 million. However, extending Adebayo now screws up the sugar-plum dreams of having cap space for a Giannis pursuit in 2021. One of the key pieces of that fantasy is that Adebayo’s restricted free-agent cap hold would only be $15 million; if he’s on the books for $35 million instead, that all goes right out the window.
However, a Miami team with Adebayo on a max contract, even the “low” max that pays just 25 percent of the cap, has no chance of having enough cap room for another max free agent. Not with Butler making $35 million in 2021-22 and $5.2 in dead money committed to the long-gone Ryan Anderson. Just with those three spots filled, it is not mathematically possible to have max cap space unless there is a massive leap in the cap number ahead of 2021 — which is the one thing that seems least likely to happen in the current financial environment.
January 24, 2021 | 2:20 pm EST Update
D’Angelo Russell hasn’t stopped moving for over 10 years. Like a life form that needs to stay in motion to survive, Russell’s basketball career since he was a teenager has been all about movement. This transitory existence has become habitual and unfortunately familiar. It’s what Russell knows, even if it’s not how he would prefer to have spent his life.
“You get numb to it,” the Timberwolves guard said. “Things you used to care about, you don’t care about. You come across so many people as well and you become numb to them as well. I don’t know. You’re kind of numb to all feeling. … I’m not used to real feelings.”
Even though it took him a circuitous route to get here, it’s something Russell hopes he has found in Minnesota as the point guard of the future and present — someone the Wolves hope to build around along with Towns. “Now, when I come home, I’m unpacking the bags,” said Russell, who turns 25 on Feb. 23. “My kitchen is stocked. My laundry is put up. It’s not just somewhere that I could just grab and go.”
Chris Kirschner: For tonight’s game at Milwaukee: Clint Capela (right hand soreness) is questionable. Trae Young (back spasm) is questionable. Bogdan Bogdanovic (avulsion fracture, right knee) is out. Kris Dunn (right ankle surgery) is out.
The news was broken late last month by the NBA’s preeminent news breaker. “The fan rights of lifelong Lakers fan Tony Finau have been acquired by the Utah Jazz,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported in a video he recorded for the golfer, “I’m told for a heavily protected first-round pick and a couple of Titleist balls they dug out of the lake.”