MIAMI – With the trade deadline Thursday, the Heat mailbag is filling up.
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From ChrisHypeTrain: Anything to the DeMarre Carroll rumors to the Heat?
Carroll, the Nets’ 6-foot-8 power forward/small forward has been linked to several teams, including the Heat. Carroll, 31, has started all 49 games in which he has played this season, averaging career highs in points (13.0), rebounds (6.4) and assists (1.9). He is shooting 41 percent from the field and 34.7 percent on threes.
Carroll, traded to the Nets from Toronto in the offseason, is making $14.8 million this year and has one year left on his contract at $15.4 million. The deal rumored is Carroll for Tyler Johnson, Justise Winslow and A.J. Hammons. Tyler is making $5.8 million, Winslow $2.7 million and Hammons at $1.3 million is a throw-in to make the money work.
The biggest benefit to the Heat is they would be out from under Johnson’s contract, which balloons to $18.8 million next year and $19.6 million in 2019-20, sending Johnson to the team that signed him to that deal in 2016 before Miami matched. By shedding Johnson, Winslow and Hammons and adding Carroll, the Heat would cut their payroll by about $8.4 million this summer, which would be enough to re-sign Wayne Ellington using his early Bird rights.
As for what it means for this season, look at it as replacing Winslow and Johnson with Carroll and Rodney McGruder. Carroll would slide into the Winslow role, minus the ability to handle the ball, and McGruder, expected to return soon after having surgery in October to repair a stress fracture in his leg, would fortify the wing spot after losing Johnson.
From John, San Diego: Now that OKC has lost four straight anything more on Paul George being traded?
The Thunder are 30-24 and remain in the middle of the pack in the West. They are fifth one/half game ahead of Portland and three games behind Minnesota. The George rumors have quieted since OKC went on an eight-game winning streak and even though it has followed that with four-consecutive losses (and play at Golden State Wednesday) and George saying he is happy in OKC while praising Russell Westbrook, which ow has many thinking the Thunder will hold onto George and even have a chance to re-sign him this summer. The biggest name linked to OKC as we approach the deadline is Clippers guard Avery Bradley.