Mailbag: Gordon Hayward AND Blake Griffin? Miami Heat fans can dream, can’t they?

Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz dribbles away from Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers during a 2014 game at the Staples Center. (Getty Images)

The peak of the NBA offseason is less than five days away and Miami Heat fans are anxious to see what Pat Riley will do.

The Heat could have $35-$39 million to spend in free agency. How will they spend it? We look at ways in this week’s mailbag.

If you weren’t able to ask a question this week, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang and @tomdangelo44).

From Evan Cohen (@EvCoRadio) who you can hear on Sirius XM radio and ESPN West Palm Beach: Since (Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin) would have to take less to leave their respective teams, is there any chance u could see them going even lower to play 2gether?

The trend started in 2010 when the Big Three came to Miami and each took a little less to help the Heat bring back Udonis Haslem and chase a few other players. And Kevin Durant has said he will take less this summer to help the Warriors bring back as many players as they can.

So, yes, I believe certain players could make a sacrifice, but to a point.

Griffin has informed the Clippers he would be declining his player option for $20.1 million next season. Hayward is expected to do the same with his Jazz contract that would have paid him $16.7 million.

Both came into the league in 2010 and as players who been in the league for seven years are eligible to re-sign with their own teams for five years and about $175 million. If they leave, the most they can make is about $127 million over four years. Both deals would start at about $29 million.

Other than Miami, the only team I could see attempting to sign both is Boston, but the Celtics appear more interested in adding Paul George, which would mean room for just one of the two. As for the Heat attempting to fit in both, that would be difficult.

The Heat have about $35 million available ($39 million if they stretch Josh McRoberts’ contract). Say Hayward and Griffin agreed to start at $25 million – and that would take a hard sell – Miami would have to clear about $10-$11 million in cap space. Miami now would have to pull off a sign-and-trade (or two) that means giving up some combination of Wayne Ellington, Justice Winslow and Tyler Johnson, if the other team agrees.

If they came in around $48 combined, shedding and extra $8 million or so would not be as difficult or crippling to the team.

From @KevinMarin27: Thoughts on possible Dragic-Wade-Hayward-JJ-Hassan lineup for next season….

Dwyane Wade is headed back to Chicago. Even the Bulls dealing Jimmy Butler is not going to force Wade to turn down $23.8 million. Now, could Wade eventually be bought out and return to Miami? That’s a possibility. But when is that going to happen? Do the two come to an agreement early or do they wait and try to get something for Wade around the trade deadline?

The other four just could be the Plan A Riley was talking about (then maybe stick Josh Richardson at shooting guard). Andy Elisburg might have some work to do to fit in Hayward and James Johnson under the salary cap but it is possible if both make a minor sacrifice or Miami opens space with a sign-and-trade with Utah if Hayward really wants to play for the Heat.

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