Following an absolutely incredible playoff run that ended in an NBA Finals loss to the Denver Nuggets, the Miami Heat enter an offseason full of questions regarding the construction of their roster. Honestly, the fact that the Heat made it as far as they did with the way the team is built should be considered a massive accomplishment.
Despite this, the Heats season ended the way it did due in part to the players Erik Spoelstra was forced to deploy in the playoffs.
These three guys for one reason or another should not remain with the team entering 2024. Whether it be due to having better, younger players behind them, injuries, or other reasons, it might be better if these guys aren’t in Miami next season.
Here are 3 Miami Heat players who will not be with the team in 2023-24:
3. Victor Oladipo
The downfall of Victor Oladipo’s career in recent seasons has been sad to watch. While he was once an All-NBA level player, he has since struggled to consistently stay on the court due to various injuries.
This is something that was a constant theme during his time with Miami, as in two and a half seasons with the Heat, Oladipo appeared in just 54 games. Even when Oladipo was on the floor, it was very apparent that he was nowhere near the player he once was with the Pacers.
During his time with the Heat, Oladipo averaged 11.0 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game while shooting 40.7% from the field and 33.6% from deep on 4.9 attempts. The lack of consistent production has really hurt his odds of maintaining a role with the team, even when healthy.
Despite how much it makes sense for the Heat to move on from him, this is incredibly unlikely considering the $9 million player option he is likely to accept in the offseason. However, the option to buy him out or eventually trade him is still a viable option.