Spurs and Heat swap three-point shooters in retooling move for Miami
The Miami Heat are in trouble, they have the 11th-highest payroll this season and are set up to have the third-highest payroll next year, and yet they have the second-oldest roster in the league and are barely in the play-in mix in the Eastern Conference at this point. Something has to change.
Trading for Doug McDermott doesn't help the Heat get any younger but swapping Duncan Robinson for him does free up a bit of salary today and over the next few years if the Heat want some more cap room to continue tinkering.
It might be a lot to ask Miami to attach a future first to Robinson to get San Antonio to take on his contract but there aren't a lot of teams lining up to trade for Robinson right now. The Heat aren't doing him any favors either. They've relegated him to the deep parts of their bench, which surely hasn't helped boost the confidence of a player who already looked nothing like the lights-out shooter who put the league on notice a few years ago.
From San Antonio's perspective, I think this is a gamble worth making. They have the cap space to take in Robinson, they're not a free agent hotbed and as a rebuilding team, and they likely weren't going to attract any big-name players this offseason anyway. They can do a lot worse than adding a player who was one of the most dangerous high-volume three-point shooters just two seasons ago. If they can get Miami to add in a lightly protected first-round pick then it's something they should absolutely pull the trigger on.