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Report: Heat preferred Rudy Gay to Ariza, Spurs asked for too much

San Antonio Spurs Rudy Gay (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
San Antonio Spurs Rudy Gay (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

While many have been asking the San Antonio Spurs to make a deal by the trade deadline, reports say the Miami Heat are fully out of the mix for Rudy Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge. With guys like Devin Vassell and Luka Samanic waiting in the wings for more minutes, we’ve previously discussed possible trades for Gay, with Miami frequently mentioned.

As evidenced by their trade with the Thunder for Trevor Ariza on Wednesday, it looks like they ran out of patience with what the Spurs might’ve had to offer.

Barry Jackon of the Miami Herald further detailed how Rudy and P.J. Tucker were the team’s desired options, but ultimately talks fell through.

“The Spurs asked for more than what the Heat was willing to give for Gay, who was the preferred choice of some internally,” Jackson explains.

Continuing, Jackson notes that the Spurs aren’t inclined to take only expiring contracts for Gay, who is averaging 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this season.

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Should we lose faith the San Antonio Spurs will make any deals?

If you’re thinking the Heat might still be interested in LaMarcus Aldridge, that ship reportedly has also sailed, according to Jackson. In the article, he states that conversations involving the seven-time NBA All-Star “went nowhere.”

It’s hard to blame the Spurs for wanting some decent return on veterans that can still help a team get to the next level, but they might be in for a rude awakening if things keep shaping up how they are so far.

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As usual, the Spurs are keeping everything extremely in-house, so we likely won’t know about any trades until someone in the front office has officially announced them.