1. Cody Zeller
Since joining the Heat in February, Cody Zeller has been a pretty impressive backup center, averaging 6.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 0.7 assists per game while shooting 62.7% from the field. Despite this, we don’t see a realm in which Zeller returns, considering all the center depth the Heat are set to have next season.
Between Bam Adebayo, a hopefully healthy Omer Yurtseven, and the full-of-potential Nikola Jovic, it’s hard to see Zeller getting consistent minutes again next season. With this in mind, it may be best to let Zeller walk so he can possibly play more consistent minutes for another team.
It’s always nice to see a player rejuvenate their career, especially when you’re a fan of the team they are doing it with, so shoutout to Zeller. It would be nice to see him return, but the timeline simply doesn’t add up.
While he didn’t see the floor much in the playoffs, the moments Zeller had may have helped extend his career. Hopefully, another team will see how solid he was for the Heat and give him another chance in 2024.