Herro, of course, is highly likely on his way to winning the NBA Sixth Man of the Year award and as Fischer noted, has been the Heat’s best player at times. Miami is in first place in the Eastern Conference (entering Friday) and Herro is a major reason why.
Still, he is in line for a major rookie contract extension this summer, and any time you’re talking money, you tend to explore all your options. Herro could bring back a massive return as well.
“We all know Miami goes big-fish hunting,” one general manager told Fischer.
“Miami has clearly come to highly value Herro and was resistant to moving him to Toronto for Lowry last year,” Fischer wrote, citing sources. “Yet league insiders maintain the Heat would sacrifice Herro’s promising ceiling for a chance to land the right superior talent.”
It’s hard to envision the Heat moving Herro at this point, given that he’s the type of talent who could become a long-term face of the franchise. He has been a good fit next to Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo as well, capable of handling either guard position.
But this is the NBA, and generally, no one name is always safe.
“These are good problems for a front office to face, yet some NBA figures familiar with Miami have also suggested Herro could be the odd man out if the Heat see an opportunity to land another superstar alongside their starry veteran trio,” Fischer wrote.
Sam Amico is senior NBA writer at Hoops Wire. Follow @AmicoHoops.