The Miami Heat might have made it into the second round of the playoffs, but that hasn’t stopped the media from speculating about potential roster moves in the off-season.

It’s no secret that the Heat have an embarrassment of riches right now, from veteran stars to high-potential young guys who require additional game time to continue improving. It feels like a consolidation trade will be inevitable, and will most likely consist of numerous young players in return for a high-value veteran.

With that in mind, Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley is urging Miami to include sharpshooter Duncan Robinson in any potential trade. The 28-year-old has struggled throughout the season even losing his spot in the team’s starting line-up, and is yet to produce enough to warrant winning it back.

In case you forgot who Duncan Robinson is… he reminded you last night

— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) April 6, 2022

“He still made 68 starts this season (second-most on the squad) and is only 20 percent of the way through the five-year, $90 million deal he signed last summer. The money shouldn’t matter, though, unless the Heat needs it to match salaries in a summer whale hunt.

Miami may have already found a more than capable replacement in Max Strus, who is two years younger, only costs minimum money, and shot a higher percentage from three this season (41 to Robinson’s 37.2),” Buckley wrote.

Robinson’s Contract is Weighing Him Down

Robinson is widely considered to be one of the best sharpshooters in the NBA, especially off movement, which makes him exceptionally difficult to contain in the half-court. However, the Maine native has struggled under the weight of his $90 million contract extension and looks to have taken multiple steps backward.

“I hold myself to a high standard, and I expect to perform at a high level. I’ve grown a lot this year. I’ve gone through different stretches kind of learning how to wrestle with different things. It’s definitely a learning experience. Of course, if the ball is not going in, it’s on your mind. But I’m not staying up all night thinking about it. I try to compartmentalize the best I can.” Robinson told Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald back in December 2021.

Duncan Robinson’s defender on every possession

— The HEAT Miser; 12 to go. (@TylerWallsNBA) October 25, 2021

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Heat Urged to ‘Split’ From $90 Million Sharpshooter

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