Q: Ira, Omer Yurtseven has been putting up good numbers for Turkey before the World Cup. Why was Erik Spoelstra in such a rush to get rid of him? – Nigel.
A: I’m not sure that “rush” is the correct phrasing. And I believe that Omer Yurtseven played a part in the decision, with his clear desire for more playing time that he had received with the Heat. In fact, when signing with the Jazz in free agency, Omer pointed to what he believes could be a greater opportunity in Utah, telling Eurohoops, “Having coach Will Hardy at Utah Jazz, playing with Europeans in significant positions, and being a young team, I couldn’t see any negatives. So it was an easy choice among my top three preferences.” It was apparent from the moment Erik Spoelstra made Cody Zeller his backup option of choice last season that a veteran NBA presence was the preference. Now, it appears the option of choice is free-agent addition Thomas Bryant. All of that said, there are no guarantees that Bryant will have a definitive role, an element that could come down to playing time for Kevin Love and perhaps even Nikola Jovic. Of course, first we have to see what the Heat roster looks like going into camp.
Q: It was time Erik Spoelstra put respect on Tyler Herro’s name. You could see Herro’s vibe change two weeks ago and could tell he was told he was coming back – Jon.
A: This isn’t about vibe, it’s about the ability to make a fair deal for Damian Lillard. In 2019, Pat Riley drew the line with the Timberwolves regarding a Jimmy Butler trade. But that came at the start of the season. This drama still has months to go to play out before the games start counting. So, yes, Erik Spoelstra put out the comfort with his current roster, including Tyler Herro, who has been back working in South Florida . But that doesn’t mean there couldn’t be greater comfort. And that, in turn, would put Tyler into play.
Q: How much of a difference would a healthy Tyler Herro have made in the Finals against Denver? Thoughts? – Rodney.
A: A lot. Any good player makes a difference. And by then, Gabe Vincent and Max Strus, even Caleb Martin, had somewhat tapered off. And Jimmy Butler seemingly also was wearing down. The Heat needed points to stay with the Nuggets. Having a bucket helps in that regard.