NBA Rumor: Kelly Olynyk Trade?

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John Wall, Kyle Lowry potential trade targets for Heat?

The consensus of TrueHoop sources is that the eight games between the All-Star break and the trade deadline will mean a lot in assessing how good the Heat are,” Haberstroh wrote. “They play the Magic twice, Bulls, Cavs, Grizzlies, Pacers twice, and Suns. If the Heat decide to make a deal, rival executives wonder if a package centered on Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and Rising Star rookie Precious Achiuwa could net another star. Heat brass have shrewdly signed Kelly Olynyk and Meyers Leonard to mid-tier contracts ($12.6 and $9.4 million respectively). Those are big enough that the Heat can likely satisfy the league’s salary-matching rules should they bring in a high-salaried star. John Wall and Kyle Lowry are potential targets.

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.”

A shoulder injury near the end of last season required surgery. The timetable for his return is sometime next month, but could spill into the start of the regular season. Unsure of how he will perform once he’s back on the floor, that’s likely to cool teams off from inquiring about him too much. But Olynyk is very much a player to keep an eye on in terms of trade possibilities. He has a tremendous offensive skillset when it comes to shooting or putting the ball on the floor. But throughout his time in Boston, he has been inconsistent with his play. Far too often he will look to get others involved when he has the greatest mismatch for the Celtics to exploit. It’s a tough balancing act, for sure. Better recognition is one of those things Olynyk has to get better at.
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