- Report: Miami Heat ‘internally has discussed’ DeMarcus Cousins, Blake Griffin and Rudy Gay, among others
- Report: Goran Dragic to make long-awaited return tonight vs. Toronto Raptors
- Dwyane Wade issues beautiful message to Tiger Woods after horrific car accident
- Report: Miami Heat offer impactful update on statuses of Goran Dragic and Tyler Herro
- P.J. Tucker reacts in shock to Bam Adebayo’s All-Star Game snub
- Dwyane Wade leaves Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler off his All-Star reserves list
- Report: Miami Heat granted sizable disabled player exception due to Meyers Leonard’s season-ending injury
- Bam Adebayo makes it clear that he wants to become 2-time All-Star this season
- Udonis Haslem fires scathing NSFW shots at Colin Cowherd after he disrespects Miami Heat
- Miami Heat members gush over Bam Adebayo’s leadership this season: ‘You definitely hear his voice now’
Bam Adebayo Says He’s Looking Forward to Becoming Face of Miami Heat
- Updated: July 16, 2019
After the legendary Dwyane Wade retired, team president Pat Riley wasted no time remaking the Heat roster, trading up-and-coming wing Josh Richardson to the Philadelphia 76ers for four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler and sending starting center Hassan Whiteside to the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Heat are also currently engaged in trade talks for Chris Paul and Bradley Beal, although nothing is close to being imminent for now.
This overhaul of the team’s roster necessitates that young players such as Adebayo step up and take on greater responsibility.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges of becoming a face of the Heat,” said Adebayo. “But it also takes time and patience. So I’m willing to take on that challenge.”
Adebayo was the 14th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and is expected to be the starting center for the Heat in the 2019-20 season. This past season, he posted averages of 8.9 points, 7.3 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocks in 23.3 minutes per game while shooting 57.6 percent from the field.