Heat eyes Danilo Gallinari: Rumor versus best OKC Thunder deal

Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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OKC Thunder trade deadline: Tyler Herro #14 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against Marcus Smart #36 of the Boston Celtics. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

Sam Presti has to be getting a young asset back, and the one that made the most sense to logically happen, Justice Winslow, is in Memphis. So what’s next?

Well, we know Tyler Herro was highly coveted by OKC, and their fans, during the 2019 NBA Draft process. There’s no way that deal gets done, right? Well…And I’m just spitballing here but what if…

NOTE: The Miami Heat would also get their 2023 first-round pick returned to them, and Denver’s 2020 first-round pick.

Why would the Miami Heat do this trade?

You get immediately better right now, in a year you feel like you can compete. Terrance Ferguson in the Miami Heat system would be awesome. For a kicker? Getting back that 2023 First-round pick, even Denver’s pick this year gives them a lot more flexibility in the trade market.

Look on the NBA horizons, and you see a disgruntled Bradley Beal, who has been caught liking stuff on Twitter about the Miami Heat this offseason. As well as an up-in-the-air Karl-Anthony Towns situation. Plus, it is the NBA, the next star wanting out will probably happen by the time this article is released.

I know what you could be thinking, doesn’t Herro do the same thing? Well for starters, Herro is just one (very good) asset, these picks are two. Plus, NBA General Managers often value future picks way more than current prospects, right or wrong.

Why would the OKC Thunder do this trade?

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I mean, this part seems pretty clear. The Denver Nuggets are picking in the bottom portion of the 2020 NBA Draft which most consider a weak class, and the Miami Heat will be very good in 2023.

Ferguson has shown to be expendable with the emergence of Lu Dort, and now the addition of Tyler Herro.

You help Miami by taking back two unproductive contracts to fill in salary you would not fill anyways. Both turning into expiring deals next year which obviously proves to be valuable in facilitating trades during this very time period.

What is the likelihood of this happening?

Well, not good. I mean gun to my head there is no way I predict this as the outcome. However, most moves Sam Presti makes are out of left field.

If we can all agree that the OKC Thunder are not going to be giving up Gallo for nothing, and we all agree Woj is never wrong so Gallo is all but destined for Miami, what is the other option? Kendrick Nunn? Duncan Robinson? You have to give to get, and this deal sees just that for both sides.

The bottom line is, I would be extremely disappointed if all Sam Presti nets back for Gallo is a salary dump.

It would earn a lengthy, hate-filled article from me. I would love Tyler Herro, but it does not seem likely.

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Then again, does it ever with Presti? What are your predictions for how to get this deal done with Miami?