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Miami Heat: Has Tyler Herro turned into more of a burden than an asset?

Has Tyler Herro transformed into more of a burden than an asset for the Miami Heat? 

The Miami Heat‘s success in the restart bubble last season was not a fluke. I don’t think that’s a conclusion to take based on how they’ve performed this season. Instead, it’s perfectly safe to say that this team has failed on multiple levels.

The biggest mistake might’ve been its approach to the play of Tyler Herro coming out of the bubble.

After his performance in the restart bubble, Herro’s trade value stood at what might end up being an all-time high. Though, instead of capitalizing on that fact, and possibly going all-in on James Harden, the Heat elected to sit on Herro’s trade value.

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If the Heat had any chance to land Harden and didn’t pursue strongly because they were hesitant on moving Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro, the duo has to be better than they’ve been this season. Particularly Herro.

Miami believed that Herro would be more valuable on the team in his second season than being the centerpiece of a package that could’ve returned Harden – or maybe another star player. More than a month after the Harden trade, with the Heat struggling mightily, you can’t help but wonder if Miami is second-guessing their inactivity.

Of course, this all is moot if the Heat could package Herro in a potential deal for Bradley Beal. Though, from every indication, Beal is not going to be available at the NBA Trade Deadline or anytime soon.

Even if he is, I’m not sure Miami has the draft capital to outbid other teams that will be interested in making a deal.

Miami Heat’s biggest problem with Tyler Herro

The biggest issue for the Heat has been Herro’s lack of consistency. He isn’t the player that he was in the restart bubble and hasn’t progressed as many expected him to be. On the season, Herro is averaging 17 points, six rebounds, and four assists on 44 percent shooting from the field but just 34 percent from 3-point range.

Miami has asked Herro to be more of a playmaker this season and it hasn’t exactly panned out. Herro is averaging nearly three turnovers per game and hasn’t found the touch from the 3-point line. He’s still considered an average shooter from deep, but the Heat needs Herro to be more than average if they’re going to replicate similar success to what they accomplished in the bubble.

If Tyler Herro can’t get back to the level of play from the restart bubble, I’m not sure Miami will be able to live down the belief that they didn’t want to trade Herro for another star player. Even if that may not even be in fact the entire truth.

The Miami Heat might have a Tyler Herro problem. And if he doesn’t live up to all-star expectations, they could be back in Eastern Conference mediocrity.

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