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Strange Days

Jonathan Zaslow
January 18, 2019 - 11:16 am
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Honestly, this season of Miami HEAT Basketball has been one of the strangest I can remember in a long time. What started out as a season with high hopes, was quickly a disappointment after such a slow start. After a record of 7-13, it looked like the team was headed for the lottery, with the only joy this season to come from watching Dwyane Wade’s final days being played for a loser.

 

On top of that, the future looked terribly bleak. Bloated contracts to injured and disgruntled players, a failed attempt at Jimmy Butler, Goran Dragic having surgery, along with the realization that Josh Richardson isn’t going to be a leading man.

 

And then came some hope, in the form of Justise Winslow. A player who was considered a bust by some, is now an incredibly unique 21-year old, that plays point guard like a bull. Add to that the development of Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr, and you have a very nice young core of cost efficient players.

 

That leaves the HEAT with two options (when you really didn’t think they had any a few months ago): 1) Hold on to this core, and wait out the big contracts of Whiteside, both Johnson’s, Waiters, and Dragic to expire, and then add to this group, or 2) You now have some very viable assets that you can turn into a star player, when they become available via trade.

 

Are things finally starting to look up for the HEAT?

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