Deadlines now loom for Heat amid uncertain National Basketball Association offseason calendar

Ruben Hill
October 17, 2020

Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic had their arms slung over the other's shoulders as they walked out of the arena following the final game of Miami's season, helping each other in the most painful of moments. At 30, the veteran forward would prefer to take the long view in his negotiations, at a time when the Heat are expected to prefer offering one-year deals.

For that matter, the Heat, after coming up two victories shy of a championship in falling to the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday in the NBA Finals, don't know if they will have weeks or months off before training camp, with the 2020-21 schedule still an abstract at this stage, forecasts for the start of the regular season ranging from early January to some point in March.

With the 2019-20 National Basketball Association season officially in the books, the Miami Heat will turn their attention to offseason moves. "And I just, I'm really bummed that we couldn't find a way to get over the hump and finish the season with a win". "We had a lot of bonds together".

With the Heat, the undeniably talented All-Star appears to have found the flawless landing spot, his grit helping propel the Eastern Conference fifth seeds to an unlikely shot at the Western Conference champion Lakers in the NBA Finals.

"I think that I grew in every aspect of the game", Butler said of his first season with the Heat. "What we've built is something special and we'll be back", he noted in a message to fans posted on social media. "To be a part of something where you felt all along that you were searching for something".

Turns out, it was a flawless match.

After the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra delivered a heartfelt message to his team commending their toughness and the run that they had in the bubble.

Despite being moved to a reserve role, Dragic enjoyed an efficient year for the Heat, averaging 16.2 points, 5.1 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game with 36.7% shooting from beyond the 3-point arc.

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