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Miami apparently not ready to trade Tyler Herro after all

Tyler Herro (Miami Heat Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

After days of rumors that the Miami Heat might be ready to include first-round draft pick Tyler Herro in trade package for All-Star Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma Thunder, it now looks like that may not happen.

Herro, the 13th overall pick in the draft, agreed to contract terms with Miami Wednesday. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Herro averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game for UK to earn SEC Newcomer of the Year honors while shooting 46 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range. It doesn’t hurt that he also set the UK single season free throw record by hitting 93.5 percent.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley, a former UK All-American, liked the way Herro shot the basketball. However, he’s been even better than Riley might have thought. In five NBA Summer League Games, Herro has been sensational. He’s averaging 20.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 29.3 minutes per game.

He’s made 32 of 82 shots from the field and 24 of 25 free throws, a 96 percent mark.

Basically, Herro has been so good that NBA insiders were reporting Wednesday that Miami now does not want to include Herro in a trade, which seems to make sense because the team has to wait now to trade him since he signed the contract — something it didn’t have to do if he had not signed.

Those same insiders also note that Miami seems intent on keeping another UK player, Bam Adebayo, rather than including him in any trade.

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  1. Miami needs to leave “well enough” alone IMHO…while Westbrook is an almost unreal super athlete, I think he and Jimmy Butler’s ego would be a tad much in the locker room chemistry department. Besides, Westbrook never won anything at Okla. while teamed with Harden and KD. While acquainted with the saying, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”, it just appears to be way too much money, draft picks, and players to give up for a short term shot at the title. I must be honest too, about my agenda of wanting to see Bam and Tyler in the pick and pop… just can’t get rid of those blue shades-Ha!

  2. Tyler went to the right team. He will get the chance to shine just like Devin Booker.

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