Kyle Lowry Saves $21,700,000 for Heat as Miami Begins Welcoming Terry Rozier

Published 01/23/2024, 10:54 AM EST

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The Miami Heat have just traded for Charlotte Hornets’ guard Terry Rozier. The trade package is centered around Kyle Lowry’s expiring contract and future first-round draft picks. The Heat has made a significant upgrade at the point guard position with the acquisition of Rozier. However, that is not the only positive that comes with the deal.

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According to journalist Yossi Gozlan, “They save a total of $21.7 million between their payroll and tax penalty. They also generate a $6.5 million trade exception.” Furthermore, the Heat have reduced their luxury tax penalty by $15.2 million. Previously, the Heat was projected to pay approximately $29.2 million in tax penalty.

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The acquisition of Terry Rozier would add much-needed scoring to the Heat’s roster. Rozier is in the midst of a career year, as he has averaged a career-high 23.2 points, 6.6 assists, and 3.9 rebounds in 35.5 minutes of playing time. Fans on social media have shown their support, expressing the belief that adding Rozier to the Heat roster would instantly elevate them to the status of title contenders alongside teams like the Celtics and the Bucks.

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However, Rozier’s acquisition has its downsides, notably his $24.9 million salary in the 2023-24 season, which would push the Heat’s payroll beyond the second apron. Consequently, if the Heat aims to acquire a disgruntled superstar during the 2024 offseason, league rules might prevent them from doing so unless they include Jimmy Butler or Bam Adebayo in the trade package. Given the high stakes involved, would Rozier’s addition take the Heat to the promised land of the NBA title?

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Can the Heat win the 2024 NBA title?

The Miami Heat have been one of the most consistent teams in the last few seasons. However, they haven’t been able to win the NBA title since the LeBron, Wade, and Bosh era, back in 2013. The Heat came agonizingly close in 2020 and 2023, but glaring weaknesses were brutally exposed by the Lakers and the Nuggets, respectively, in the finals.

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With Rozier, Miami adds another player who is a multi-level scorer and someone who can ease Butler’s scoring burden. Rozier’s arrival will also bump up Miami’s sub-par offensive statistics. They have recorded an offensive rating of 114, which is the 11th-worst mark in the league. The surprising emergence of rookie Jaime Jaquez as a reliable scorer will also improve Miami’s title chances. However, they are still considered outside favorites for the title. Can the Heat win the 2024 NBA title? Let us know in the comments below!

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Dushyant Singh

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Dushyant Singh is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. His basketball script journey began in 2020 when he was captivated by the Los Angeles Lakers? triumphant NBA championship win. Before that he was merely dribbling and dunking as a boy next door.
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