3 former Heat players thriving, 3 who are struggling this season

From LeBron James to Gabe Vincent, here is how several former Miami Heat players are faring with their new teams this season.
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Gabe Vincent
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Gabe Vincent

There is always a certain inevitability around Miami's undrafted heroes turning from reliable role players under Spoelstra and Co.'s mentorship to part of the furniture in a new organization.

It is no secret that the Heat were interested in extending Vincent's stay in South Florida. Pat Riley even held talks with the guard in California in an attempt to convince Vincent to stay despite the Heat being unable to match outside offers.

Vincent rose his way up the ladder through the franchise from Skyforce regular to playoff starter, as the former Heat point guard averaged just under 13 points and four assists per game in the odds-defying post-season run.

Albeit the 27-year-old is still finding his feet as a Laker, Gabe has endured a tough start under Darvin Ham and failed to impress those in Southern California in his early appearances.

In his first four matches in the new purple and gold colours, he averaged just six points, one rebound and three assists per game, and had an unbelievably rough time from behind the arc with just 7.1% 3-point shooting.

According to The Athletic, there is already talk of LA's newly-acquired point guard being used as an asset in a potential trade for Bulls star Zach Lavine. Lakers reporter Jovan Buha asserts that the organization isn't willing to use Austin Reaves as a sweetener, and therefore the deal would include Vincent or Rui Hachimura alongside D'Angelo Russell at the heart of the offer.

Despite their woes in the point guard area, the Heat have coped reasonably well with the loss of Vincent, with veteran Kyle Lowry being instrumental in Miami's current seven-game win streak.