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Tyler Herro or Josh Richardson Could Step in as Primary Ball-Handler for Miami Heat

If the Miami Heat doesn’t secure Damian Lillard’s signature either before the season or by the trade deadline, uncertainties surrounding their backcourt will continue.

According to a source familiar with the Heat’s strategy, there’s a belief that Tyler Herro or Josh Richardson could step into the role of the team’s primary ball-handler if Lillard doesn’t join.

Kyle Lowry is the only natural point guard on the Heat’s roster, but a person familiar with the team’s thinking said he won’t be surprised if the Heat opts for Tyler Herro or even Josh Richardson as a starting primary ball handler if it’s unable to acquire Lillard before the season opener, with Lowry could continue to come off the bench in that scenario, as reported by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

“Kyle Lowry is the only natural point guard on the Heat’s roster, but a person familiar with the team’s thinking said he won’t be surprised if the Heat opts for Tyler Herro or even Josh Richardson as a starting primary ball handler if it’s unable to acquire Lillard before the season opener,” “Lowry could continue to come off the bench in that scenario.”

Kyle Lowry displayed versatility by excelling off the bench last season. In 44 regular season games as a starter, he averaged 12.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists per game.

However, in 11 regular season games as a reserve, his per-game stats dipped, but his efficiency soared, shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from long range.

Furthermore, during the playoffs, across 23 games, Lowry continued to display improved efficiency compared to his regular season starter role, with shooting percentages of 42.5 from the field and 37.5 from three-point range.

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Both Tyler Herro and Josh Richardson have starting experience, with Richardson having been a starter in his earlier career, including his initial tenure with the Heat.

Of course, the Miami Heat’s optimal scenario involves successfully finalizing a deal for Damian Lillard, a move that would effectively address many of their backcourt concerns.

Lillard, a seasoned point guard with the Blazers, posted impressive stats last season with averages of 32.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game, shooting at a solid 46.3 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from beyond the arc.

The notion of a potential trio consisting of Lillard, Jimmy Butler, and Bam Adebayo has reportedly raised eyebrows among rival teams, given the sheer talent that a Big 3 like that would bring.

As training camp approaches, the Heat and the Blazers may intensify their trade discussions, offering the possibility of Lillard donning a Heat jersey before the new season kicks off. 

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