5 Players the Miami Heat Should Avoid Acquiring This Offseason

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3. Kyle Kuzma

Kuzma was heavily involved in trade discussions before the trade deadline in February, but his salary likely deterred potential suitors, and he openly expressed his desire to remain with the Washington Wizards. 

While they may consider trading Kuzma in the offseason, the Heat may not be the right destination for him. If the Heat try for Kuzma there could be two stand-out issues: money and his role on the team. 

Standing at 6-foot-9, 221 lbs, the 28-year-old forward utilizes his size effectively to consistently score. Over three seasons with the Wizards, Kuzma has maintained averages of 20.2 points and 7.4 rebounds, shooting 45.4% from the field. Following the departure of Beal and Porzingis last season, the Wizards signed Kuzma to a four-year, $102 million contract extension. He’s set to make $21.5 million next season. Any trade for Kuzma would likely send Tyler Herro, who makes roughly the same amount, out the door.

While Kuzma has size and can stretch the floor alongside Adebayo and Butler, he wouldn’t create an elite frontline. Nevertheless, the disparity in skill level between Kuzma and Herro is not significant. Both players have demonstrated scoring prowess and glimpses of All-Star caliber talent, yet they also exhibit notable inconsistencies on offense and defense. – Stephanie Meadows