NBA: Before the arrival of Lillard, the Heat strengthens around Butler and Adebayo



NBA: Before the arrival of Lillard, the Heat strengthens around Butler and Adebayo

Published on July 13, 2023 at 8:12 p.m.

Days pass and Damian Lillard is still a Trail Blazers. Difficult for the Portland franchise to find an interesting deal with the Miami Heat. As a result, the 32-year-old leader’s trade is leveling off. In the meantime, Floridians continue to strengthen for next season. This Thursday, the front office guaranteed Haywood Highsmith’s contract for the 2023-24 season.

If it does not progress on the file Damian Lillard on the side of Heat, we do not stop living for all that. Indeed, the Florida franchise has guaranteed the contract ofHaywood Highsmith for the next NBA season as confirmed by the player’s agent, Jerry Dianisto Adrian Wojnarowski ofESPN. Very good news since the 26-year-old strong winger has been of paramount importance coming off the bench on many occasions and especially in the playoffs.

A sixth man of quality

While he played just 8.9 minutes per game in the playoffs, he was still very effective when called, shooting 61.5% from the field. Highsmith also had some big games, including scoring 15 points in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics and 18 points in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Denver Nuggets. Now, he’s back for at least another year, with a $1.9 million contract.

An essential extension for the Heat

In addition, the extension of Highsmith could not have seen the light of day. THE Heat let the matter drag on since the strong winger was to be part of the squad of Miami on the evening of July 15 to validate his place in the team and validate his salary. Finally, don’t worry, he can breathe since the Florida franchise has already validated his contract. The 26-year-old will become a restricted free agent next year if the Heat offers a $2.38 million extension offer. Otherwise, he will be an unrestricted free agent. In sum and in the meantime Damian Lillard, Haywood Highsmith therefore allows the Heat to solidify its roster at low cost. A roster that could be much thinner if the leader of the Blazers was indeed coming to Florida in the coming weeks.


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