Report: Heat probably need to attach positive asset to dump Josh McRoberts, clear space to meet Dwyane Wade’s contract demands

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Anyone want a 29-year-old stretch power forward who’s two seasons and a couple surgeries removed from starting on a playoff team and is owed $5,782,450 and $6,021,175 (player option) the next two years?

Anyone?

The answer appears to be no.

The Heat would probably like to unload Josh McRoberts, because that would clear enough cap space to re-sign Dwyane Wade. Wade reportedly wants $50 million over two years. With McRoberts off the books, Miami could offer Wade a two-year, $50,117,407 contract (and match the Nets’ offer sheet to Tyler Johnson).

But trading McRoberts seems to be proving difficult.

Ira Winderman of the South Florida SunSentinel:

If healthy, McRoberts is a solid contributor and underpaid in this market. But his availability is a MAJOR question. He has missed 105 games the last two years, and now he’s nearing the age of decline regardless.

I would be shocked if the Heat can’t dump him by attaching their 2023 first-round pick, the only first-rounder they can trade. It wouldn’t surprise me if a second-rounder or two gets it done, though Miami can deal only its 2022 and 2023 second-rounders and a chance at its 2018 second-rounder.

Justise Winslow? His name is in the report just to stir interest. Teams would crawl over each other to take McRoberts if it meant getting Winslow.

Sure, the Heat could trade McRoberts by pairing him with Winslow, but dumping McRoberts would likely require far less sacrifice.

Meanwhile, as Miami figures out the marketplace, Wade will keep stirring up leverage.