As the Miami Heat continue to rebuild following the retirement of Dwyane Wade, there appear to be several paths towards the team’s next NBA championship.
One of them could involve poaching a young superstar that no one seems to be talking about.
“Though [Andrew] Wiggins has been linked to the Heat at times, he’s due $27 million, $29 million, $31 million and $34 million during the next four seasons, which the Heat simply cannot afford when it wants to leave max room for a max player,” wrote Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “Plus, there’s the issue of whether it would be wise to reunite him with Jimmy Butler.
“Booker is earning between $29 million and $36 million each of the next five years, so the comment about Wiggins holds true with Booker, too. Perhaps he becomes a trade option if the Heat strikes out in 2021 free agency, depending on Tyler Herro’s growth.”
Booker is a 22-year-old shooting guard who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 210 pounds. In his four seasons in the NBA, he has career averages of 21.4 points and 4.2 assists per game. This past season he put up 26.6 points and 6.8 assists a game on 46.7 percent field-goal shooting.
Yet, he hasn’t been named an NBA All-Star, and he seems to fly under the radar whenever a discussion of the league’s best guards or wings comes up.
Booker signed a contract extension last summer and is under contract until 2024. He’s owed over $30 million in each of the last three years of his deal, which means that the Heat would have to trade for him and possibly give up a good deal of talent in the process.