The Miami Heat have struggled to score this season. They ranked dead last in points per game, 25th in offensive rating, 26th in field goal percentage, and 27th in 3-point percentage during the regular season, and their woes showed back up in their Play-In Tournament loss to the Atlanta Hawks on April 11. They shot just 42.9 percent from the field, and without Kyle Lowry’s 11 of 16 from the field, the Heat made just 37.3 percent.
It was an ugly performance with everyone watching. Now, the Heat must win on Friday night to keep their season alive. They will face the winner of tonight’s game between the Raptors and Bulls in Miami with Friday’s winner advancing to play the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
Soon-to-be free agent Kyle Kuzma was tuned in on Tuesday night and, in the eyes of many, seemed to recruit himself to the Heat on social media with one simple Tweet.
Kyle Kuzma all but recruits himself to Miami Heat on Twitter after play-in loss
Kuzma would certainly help solve the Heat’s offensive woes. He averaged over 20 points per game for the first time this season, and the 27-year-old puts up 16.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 31.1 minutes per game for his career. Kuzma was a first-round pick in 2017, who spent his first four seasons with the Lakers before playing the last two in the nation’s capital.
The 6’8 forward could give Miami some much-needed shot creation and offensive punch, and fans were all for it in the replies.
How could Kuzma actually end up on the Miami Heat?
Kuzma has a $13 million player option for next season that he plans to decline to be an unrestricted free agent this summer. He has interest in staying in Washington, but the 6’9 forward wants $20-plus million per season in free agency. Will the Wizards give it to him? Could the Heat swoop in and pull off a sign-and-trade for the veteran forward?
Miami is projected to be well over the salary cap next season, so a sign-and-trade would be the only route that makes sense to acquire Kuzma. How will the Heat improve their roster? Pat Riley always has something up his sleeve, and it will be fascinating to see what Miami can do with limited financial flexibility.
Kyle Kuzma certainly started the speculation about him coming to South Beach on Twitter, and it is something fans should watch closely this summer. The Miami Heat will look to improve their roster, and Kuzma is available.