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B/R’s Mock Trade Sends Tyler Herro to Wizards, Kyle Kuzma to Heat

The Washington Wizards are reportedly considering trading Kyle Kuzma this offseason and interest in him has come from several teams, including the Dallas Mavericks, Sacramento Kings, and his former club, the Los Angeles Lakers.

Additionally, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley has proposed that the Miami Heat should also enter the fray and attempt to acquire Kuzma. According to Buckley, Miami would need to send guard Tyler Herro to the Wizards in exchange.

After being the subject of trade rumors throughout much of last season, particularly involving a potential Damian Lillard trade, it’s no surprise that Tyler Herro’s name is again appearing in various trade scenarios.

Buckley proposed the following trade:

Miami Heat receive: Kyle Kuzma

– Washington Wizards receive: Tyler Herro

Buckley wrote, “This would be a fascinating challenge trade from both sides, but it might be one Miami attempts to try capitalizing on whatever remains of Jimmy Butler’s prime. The Heat are having trouble relying on Herro, who couldn’t top 66 games in any of his first five NBA seasons. They might also have serious questions regarding the defensive viability of a Herro-Terry Rozier backcourt.”

Last season, Kuzma averaged 22.2 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 0.5 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game, while shooting 46.3% from the field, 33.6% from beyond the arc, and 77.5% from the free-throw line. He’s set to make $23.5 million next season.

The Heat reached the first round of the playoffs but lost to the eventual champions, the Boston Celtics, in a five-game series, while the Wizards missed the playoffs entirely in 2024.

Buckley added, “Swapping out Herro for Kuzma could ease some of the defensive concerns in the backcourt (depending on who filled Herro’s starting spot, obviously) while giving Miami a 20-point scorer who previously filled a support role on a championship team (the 2019-20 Lakers, who coincidentally downed the Heat in the bubble). The Heat have struggled to get enough two-way players on the floor, and Kuzma is better balanced in that regard.”

Kuzma has career averages of 17.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.6 steals, and 0.6 blocks, having played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Kings. He was part of the Lakers’ championship team that defeated the Miami Heat in six games at the Walt Disney World bubble in 2020.

Herro, on the other hand, averaged 20.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 4.5 assists in the 2023-24 season, shooting 44.1% from the field, 39.6% from three-point range, and 85.6% from the free-throw line. He’s set to earn $29 million next season.

The Heat currently have 14 players under contract and are just $1.2 million short of the second tax apron. Given their financial constraints, making a trade seems like the most viable option for reshaping their roster.

The Heat have also re-signed key veteran role players, including Kevin Love, Haywood Highsmith, and Thomas Bryant, suggesting that they might also consider running it back with their current roster.

For the Wizards, they are open to readjusting after a disappointing season. They have already made significant moves by acquiring big names such as Jonas Valanciunas and Malcolm Brogdon.

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