Heat Frontrunner for Free-Agent-To-Be Dillon Brooks?

All we really seem to know is that forward Dillon Brooks will not return to the Grizzlies this summer as an unrestricted free agent.Dillon Brooks

But certainly, there will be other suitors, and the Heat very well could be among them. In fact, they may prove to be the team that’s most interested, per Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.

“Every time you see kind of Duncan Robinson running around there defensively or Tyler Herro before him, you know they could use a defensive-minded wing [such as Dillon Brooks], and I could see him finding his way down there and the Heat being aggressive and trying to get a guy at a relatively bargain basement price,” Mannix said on The Bill Simmons Podcast, via HoopsHype. “That, to me, that feels like a frontrunner right now.”

Along with the Heat, Sam Quinn of CBS Sports speculated the Cavaliers, Rockets, Kings, Pacers and Mavericks as potential Brooks landing spots.

Brooks, 27, came under fire by fans, media and the Lakers for repeatedly calling out Lakers star LeBron James on multiple occasions, and has had several run-ins with players on other teams throughout the course of the season.

Some of his other tiffs involved Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell and Warriors guard Gary Payton II. He also had a season-long war or words with Warriors forward Draymond Green.

Grizzlies GM Zach Kleinman declined to discuss Brooks’ future at the season-ending exit interviews with the media.

“There were definitely some self created distractions in the series and along the way,” Kleinman said, adding that he would discuss Brooks at a later time, via Drew Hill of the Daily Memphian. “We are going to take a different approach (next season).”

The Heat are currently tied with the Knicks in their Eastern Conference semifinal series at 1-all.

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