Report: NBA Scout Roasts Miami Heat and Their Collection of ‘Mediocre’ Players'
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The Miami Heat have had a rather mediocre season, and to hear one scout tell it, that’s because the team has a lot of mediocre players.

According to a report from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, scouts aren’t very high on the players Miami has acquired, or the contracts the team has doled out.

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“They have really screwed it up,” an anonymous Western Conference scout said. “They are in this mess by themselves, have only themselves to blame. They got deluded by one year of performance, fell much too in love with their own players. They have five bad contracts – James Johnson, [Hassan] Whiteside, [Dion] Waiters, Kelly Olynyk and now Ryan Anderson. Their whole team is just a bunch of other guys. They have too many mediocre players.”

A look at those contracts backs up the scout’s claim. The Heat gave large contracts to Johnson (three years, $43.3 million), Olynyk (four years, $50 million), Waiters (four years, $52 million) and Whiteside (four years, $98.4 million). Anderson (four years, $80 million) was acquired by trade, in exchange for Wayne Ellington and the large contract of Tyler Johnson (four years, $50 million).

The five players the anonymous scout mentioned are all under contract for next season, meaning Miami will continue to use the bulk of its payroll on these players. It will be difficult for the Heat to make significant upgrades this summer without shedding some of these large contracts.
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Brady Klopfer is a basketball writer and editor based out of Los Angeles. His work can also be found at The Athletic, SB Nation, and Bballbreakdown.