Grading the Miami Heat’s eventful 2023 NBA off-season (so far)

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The verdict on the Miami Heat’s 2023 off-season so far

The Heat are having a solid off-season. While losing Strus and Vincent hurts, Miami could have a major upgrade in the backcourt next season if it adds Lillard.

As for the complementary pieces, the front office has done a solid job. Richardson will play some of the minutes left behind by Strus and Vincent, giving the Heat an experienced guard to fill their shoes immediately. Adding Bryant and Love to the frontcourt rotation, which has been a big weak spot for the Heat in recent memory, is a major win. These three will all play quality roles for Miami next season, and their contracts are beyond reasonable in that regard.

Miami’s off-season has been fine so far, but the acquisition of Lillard could undoubtedly bump it up an entire letter grade, depending on the deal itself. They’re undoubtedly a contender now, but the addition of Lillard could make them the team to beat. It should be an interesting next few weeks as the Heat continue to pursue the All-Star guard via trade and make other moves to put Miami in a position to make it back to the NBA Finals and win next season.

Off-season Grade: B

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