Miami Heat ‘Interest’ In Kyrie Irving Smells Like A Leverage Play

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket during the first half against the Miami Heat(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets drives to the basket during the first half against the Miami Heat(Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat and Kyrie Irving were bound to be linked to each other once reports surfaced of an impasse between he and the Brooklyn Nets. This alleged interest was as foreseeable as the Sacramento Kings having a lottery pick.

In each of these cases, neither side might want to be in such predictable places, but the result ends up there anyway. This is not to say that Miami would not have interest in Irving.

Jimmy Butler seems to likes him and he has ties to Bam Adebayo that dates back to the Heat center’s early teenage years. More importantly, he is the type of top-tier player that Pat Riley waits for to become disgruntled.

It makes undeniable basketball sense. After all, the Heat do love to trot out a group of hoops misfits.

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Stories tying the Miami Heat to Kyrie Irving were inevitable, but are they even believable? Like every summer, players count on the Heat to make it “real”.

However, at a certain point, common sense has to be taken into account as well. Players, organizations, and agents each toss the Heat into rumored interests and acquisitions for the sake of generating leverage.

That all begins to beg of one simple question. Why?

The answers are pretty easy though. Players and agents use teams like the Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, and New York Knicks to pressure other organizations into acquiescing to their demands.

Front offices also employ the same scare tactic as a way to get other teams to ease up on their trade demands. All of this is done with the working knowledge that the Heat, Knicks, and Lakers are notorious for being willing to bet it all for the potential of trying to compete.

It also does not hurt that the media is guaranteed to push the story, while the three fanbases flood social media with the rumors. This is a fool-proof plan that bubbles summer after summer, with reports of the Heat being interested in every single free agent and semi-star under contract.

To bring it full circle, a healthy Irving in a Heat jersey would shake up a few vision boards out east.

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But the likelihood of that happening feels like nothing more than a play. So, Irving can leave the Miami Heat out of the games when the ultimate leverage play lives in his own locker room.

That would be Kevin Durant—but hey, that’s really none of our business… yet.