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Getty Miami Heat wing Duncan Robinson and head coach Erik Spoelstra react during the final seconds of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

Following their series-clinching win over the Philadelphia 76ers, the Miami Heat are officially headed to the Eastern Conference Finals. And the date for Game 1 is already set, as the top-seeded Miami will host either the Boston Celtics or the Milwaukee Bucks at FTX Arena on Tuesday, May 17.

While uncertainty looms about just who the Heat will have to beat in order to advance to the NBA Finals, sharpshooter Duncan Robinson is also dealing with some uncertainty as an individual.

Over the summer, the Heat seemingly annointed him as a cornerstone piece for the franchise, signing him to a five-year, $90 million extension. After trudging through a slumpy campaign, watching his role shrink throughout and now finding himself out of the roation in the playoffs, though, Robinson has to be wondering what’s next for him.

A league exec recently told Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney that the baller’s goose may just be cooked, saying, “They’ve got too many other options and too many other guys they need to pay. If you can get off his money, you will take it.”

If team president Pat Riley does decide to explore his options with Robinson on the trade market, he could have a dealing partner in the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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As the exec sees it, there are a number of places that the Heat could potentially go with a Robinson trade. However, they believe that the following deal could be a real winner for the club:

  • Miami Heat receive: G Malik Beasley
  • Minnesota Timberwolves receive: G/F Duncan Robinson

“Malik Beasley needs a change of scenery,” the exec said. “You could swap those guys. I think playing in Miami could turn Beasley around a little bit.”

Although the 25-year-old Beasley put up a respectable 12.1 points per contest for Minnesota this season, he matched Robinson with a sub-40% connection rate from the field. However, Beasley’s late-season efficiency bump bodes well for his future prospects.

Over a 24-game stretch from February 3 to April 1, he boasted shooting splits of 45-46-91. He also played some of the best defense of his career, an area where Robinson has struggled mightily since entering the Association.

“He stopped worrying about his misses, he stopped worrying about his minutes, he stopped worrying about his opportunities. He started worrying about just finding his game in the flow of what we were doing and then guarding and doing all the little pieces that we needed everybody to do,” said Wolves coach Chris Finch, via the Star Tribune.

Meanwhile, Robinson would be right at home in Minnesota’s high-powered, three-point attack.

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The Heat Would Save Money, Too

As it stands, Robinson is under contract with the Heat through the 2025-26 campaign, although he has an early-termination option there. And his salary jumps from $16.9 million next season to just under $20 million in his final year, at which point he’ll be 31.

Beasley, meanwhile, is at $15.5 million in 2022-23 after which there’s a team option for ’23-24 at $16.5 million. So, not only is Beasley’s deal not as costly for a younger and more rounded player, but the Heat could also get off of it after a year or re-up with him and trade him as an expiring salary, should they feel so inclined.

Losing Robinson’s floor-spacing in the trade would be tough, of course, but Beasley is at a very respectable 38.6% from deep over his career while taking 58.8% of his shot attempts as triples. Moreover, he’s coming off a playoff run where his defensive rating of 108.5 was the third-best on his team.

So, it’s unlikely that he’d find himself riding postseason pine (at least for defensive reasons) as Robinson currently is with Miami.

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Getty Jimmy Garoppolo looks downfield versus the Detroit Lions during the opener of the 2021 season.

Has it gotten to the point Jimmy Garoppolo may now be worth day three picks?

And what we mean by that — sixth round selections for the San Francisco 49ers for the team that’s willing to get Garoppolo?

Bleacher Report NFL analyst Joe Tansey is pointing in that direction, as he unveiled his list of “realistic trade packages” for Jimmy G on Wednesday, May 18. But one of his most telling options he listed for Garoppolo: Getting swapped for two late round picks in 2023…and Garoppolo becoming a backup to a former No. 1 overall pick who was once an NFC West rival.

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Jimmy G to the Motor City

Tansey’s proposal here is San Francisco acquires two 2023 sixth-round picks by sending Garoppolo to the Detroit Lions.

While Jared Goff is QB1 plus has his hefty salary ($10,650,000 base salary for 2022 according to Spotrac), Tansey believes adding Garoppolo could give Goff an extra push, and in the process give the Lions more dependability behind the former first overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

“The former Los Angeles Rams signal-caller had a below-average first season in Detroit that was caused by average play in the pocket and a lack of playmakers around him,” Tansey wrote. “Goff only threw 19 touchdown passes in 14 games, but he was only picked off on eight occasions.

“Detroit added more weapons for Goff to work with in the form of D.J. Chark and Jameson Williams, so the pressure is on the former first-round pick to succeed this season,” Tansey continued. “The Lions do not have a backup plan in place if Goff fails to live up to expectations or gets injured.”

Who are the Backup Options Behind Goff?

Here are two more reasons why Tansey is a believer that the Motor City might be a final resort for Jimmy G.

Behind Goff are Tim Boyle and David Blough. The 27-year-old Boyle went 0-3 in limited duty last season and threw more interceptions (six) than touchdowns (three). The 26-year-old Blough is another QB who is winless in the NFL, although he lost all five of his starts in 2019 with the Lions and hasn’t started in a game since. Blough has four career touchdown passes with seven picks.

“Tim Boyle and David Blough have not been great in spot-start roles, and if the Lions have to go them at any point, they might as well add losses to their record,” Tansey bluntly wrote.

The Issue With Goff & Garoppolo Together

Of course, a proposed deal like this comes with the word “issue” getting mentioned.

“The only issue from Detroit’s perspective is Goff’s large contract that came with him from the Rams,” Tansey wrote. “The Lions may not be willing to add Garoppolo to the same roster in order to keep Goff’s confidence up.”

But what can work for Detroit, S.F. and both quarterbacks per Tansey?

“If the Lions were persuaded to take on Garoppolo as a one-year backup, they could make it work by sending a pair of sixth-round selections to San Francisco,” Tansey said. “The Lions are in possession of an extra sixth-round pick from a trade with the Denver Broncos, so a deal could be worked out for a pair of Day 3 picks.”

Garoppolo delivered one of his five 300-yard performances against the Lions in the season opener of the 2021 season. Now, the Lions have become the latest analyst pick for Garoppolo to potentially call home in the 2022 season.

Jimmy Garoppolo hits Deebo Samuel over the middle for a big gain on a “DAGGER” concept off of play action

Detroit had no answer for the Garoppolo & Samuel connection between the numbers pic.twitter.com/taXZK7D5Tc

— Jordan Elliott (@JLeeElliott) September 14, 2021

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