Heat had ‘internal’ discussions about including Bam Adebayo in a possible deal for Nets’ Kevin Durant

According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Heat came close to including center Bam Adebayo in a possible trade for Brooklyn Nets disgruntled superstar Kevin Durant. 

“A party familiar with the Heat’s approach told the Sun Sentinel that while there has been internal consideration of the team utilizing Bam Adebayo as a trade component, at least one influential member of the organization has shot down the notion,” Windermann wrote. 

Durant requested a trade from the Nets back on June 30. At the time, Miami was one of several teams reportedly on Durant’s “wish list.” 

Even for a talent of Durant’s quality, it’s not hard to see why the Heat would be hesitant to include the 25-year-old Adebayo in a trade package. 

Adebayo had another strong campaign last year for the Heat, averaging 19.1 points, 10.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 56 regular season games. In 18 playoff games, he averaged 14.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.0 steals. 

A three-time NBA All-Defensive team honoree, Adebayo has already set lofty expectations for the 2022-23 season. 

Speaking with campers at the Heat’s youth clinic over the weekend, Adebayo said one of his goals for next season is to win the league’s defensive player of the year award. 

“I should have won it the last two years, and I will win it this year,” Adebayo said

Adebayo was third in the NBA in defensive rating (104.2) last season, behind only Utah Jazz Rudy Gobert (103.3) and Boston Celtics Robert Williams (102.4). 

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