Is concern over Heat’s lack of progress in the offseason justified? – Orange County Register

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Q: Hello, Ira. Yesterday you asked “Exactly what sharks were caught?” “What if Detroit sent Jerami Grant to the Blazers and the Rockets sent Christian Wood to the Mavericks? We could have made a competitive offer for both players, and while I’m no expert, they both seem perfectly suited next to Bam Adebayo. Both are in their prime, both can create their own shots, hit the open 3 and defend. Although I enjoy whaling, if you don’t land the whale, everything what you might be left with is a veteran-minimum fish to start at power forward – Carlos, West Park.

A: First, an appreciation of the thought put into your message. To some extent you have also answered your question. Neither Jerami Grant nor Christian Wood have been All-Stars, and probably never will be. Both, I agree, can be quality support players. But that’s not what the Heat want/need. So they are waiting for something bigger. Will it arrive? Can this happen? Nothing is guaranteed. I agree. But imagine taking one or the other, then another door opens with something shiny. Trying to fill an inside royal flush in video poker can leave you with no wins. But it’s also the game, even if it means kicking a pair of jacks. Sometimes you have to think big. The Heat are Vegas, and it’s apparently their time to make it big. And, as with all answers to similar questions last week. . . it’s still July. It’s time. Plenty of time. So let’s wait for the report card.

Q: It’s the 2023 NBA trade deadline and the Heat have yet to make a trade and no superstars have come away: The Heat are moving Duncan Robinson and two other players for Gordon Hayward (who would enter the last year of his contract). -Gabriel, mom.

A: But Duncan Robinson would still have three more high-priced years on his contract, so it’s not like he would necessarily be considered an asset. Still, thought plays into the answer above. There will be options and fallbacks if something major can’t be brought up in the meantime. And in the meantime, Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry should be able to deliver enough wins to keep it all afloat.

Q: Ira, what do you think of the Heat signing Carmelo Anthony to take the place of PJ Tucker. Although he is not the defensive player that Tucker is, he is the better offensive player. – Joel.

A: Here are my thoughts:

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