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Miami Heat’s Tyler Herro talks NBA rumours, disrespect

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MIAMI — Another offseason, another summer of trade rumors.

Tyler Herro offered a resigned smile Tuesday during a Miami Heat homecoming event at Target at Dadeland Station.

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“I mean, every summer is exactly what it is,” Herro said after helping a group of youngsters fill their back-to-school carts. “I mean, ever since I’ve been here, my name has been rumored.

“So rumours, like I said last summer, they don’t bother me. I’m just preparing for this season and whether I’m on the Heat or elsewhere, I’m preparing for the season.

The difference this time around is that the rumors have come out of a position of value, with league offices trying to come up with the best possible packages for Kevin Durant, Donovan Mitchell and others who have taken important positions in the mill. to rumours. .

“The older you get, the more years you have in the league,” said Herro, who was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year last season, “you realize that’s what comes with the You could be in one city one day, the next city the next.

“But at the end of the day it’s about me and improving every day of the summer. Like I said, which team I’m in, I’m ready to play.

This summer, there’s also a timing element in play as well, with the scoring guard eligible for a rookie-wide extension until the regular season opener on Oct. 19.

Already locked into a $5.7 million deal for the upcoming season, Herro is eligible for a well over $100 million extension, which would begin in 2023-24.

However, once Herro signs an extension, he effectively becomes untradeable until next summer due to a “poison pill” that would come with an extension.

“I mean, I know as much as you know,” he said of the extension negotiations. “I’m just waiting for my turn, and we’ll see what happens. There’s a delay, but I’ll let my agent handle it and see what happens.

If he were to stay with the Heat — with or without overtime — the question would be whether he can step into the starting lineup after three seasons, mostly as a reserve.

Herro ended last season by publicly declaring his desire to move into the top five. Against that backdrop, Heat president Pat Riley said Herro should earn his spot.

“I’m just trying to add even more weight,” Herro said Tuesday of his offseason goals. “Get stronger, get better in defense and keep doing what I’m doing in attack.”

While Herro visited Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and other team members last month at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, he had yet to address his contract, roster or situation. rotation with the media since the end of last season.

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In addition to losing starting forward PJ Tucker in NBA free agency to the Philadelphia 76ers, the Heat return a roster almost completely intact to one that ended in just one win in last season’s NBA Finals. .

Still, skeptics apparently remain, with the Heat bypassed for a Christmas game on the 2022-23 regular season schedule, to be announced on Wednesday.

“I thought we should have played over Christmas. But I feel like that’s nothing new,” he said. “I feel like last year we could have play at Christmas. But the media will do what they have to do, cover who they want to cover, say what they want to say.

“We just have to keep making ourselves. We’re bringing just about everyone back, so we’re not too worried. Everyone in the team needs to improve and we all need to make improvements.

At Tuesday’s event, the Heat and the T. Herro Foundation treated nine Heat Academy students to a back-to-school shopping spree. Each child, personally accompanied by Herro, received a $500 gift card from Papa Johns Pizza to purchase school supplies at the store.

“It’s really amazing to see all these kids, families with smiles on their faces,” Herro said of the reception. “We organize this event every year. Back to school, I just want to be able to give back.

Heat Academy, in its 24th year, offers extracurricular programs for elementary school students, including additional exposure to academics, particularly math, reading, writing, and science. It is housed at three schools in Downtown Miami: Paul Laurence Dunbar K-8 Center, Jesse J. McCrary, Jr. Elementary, and Riverside Elementary.

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