5. Caleb Martin
- Contract: 3 years / $20,408,850
- 2023-24 Salary: $6,802,950
Caleb Martin played a crucial role in Miami's journey to the NBA Finals last season, and the Heat were determined to keep him on the team due to his exceptional shooting skills. It's important to note that the Heat were unwilling to include him in trade discussions for Lillard this summer.
Martin had to sit out most of the beginning of this season due to a knee injury, but he is gradually returning to full form. He is now averaging 11.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists on 44.3% shooting.
Adding to the complexity is Martin's player option for the 2024-25 season, which could potentially make him a free agent after this season. If Martin continues to build on his performance from last season, he will likely demand a higher salary. This could pose a challenge for the Heat in terms of retaining him for the future. It is important to note that a lot can change between now and the following summer, so the situation remains uncertain.
Teams in need of ball-handling, athleticism and versatility could try to pry Martin away from the Heat before the deadline. Some teams that could call include Toronto, Philadelphia, Washington, Indiana and Oklahoma City. Moreover, Martin's experience in a culture like the Heat's adds to his appeal as a desirable player.