Here are three potential suitors the Miami Heat need to be wary of for up-and-coming swingman Derrick Jones Jr. this offseason.
The Miami Heat have clearly been of the surprise teams of the interrupted 2019-20 NBA season.
Of course, there has been the enormous addition of Jimmy Butler, and the rapid ascension of Bam Adebayo from rotation player to All-Star. Additionally, the undrafted backcourt pair of Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson have starred in their starting roles.
But unlike this quartet, another emerging talent in Derrick Jones Jr. will be an unrestricted free agent come this offseason. In his fourth season in the league after being undrafted following one year at UNLV, Jones is still just 23 and will represent as an intriguing prospect come the offseason.
In addition to Jones, the Heat have a slew of players about to enter free agency. Firstly there is Goran Dragic, who after predominately starting for the entirety of his career, accepted and excelled in his new role as a sixth man. Given his level of experience and his overall value to the morale of the team, it’s difficult to envision Dragic wearing a different jersey next season.
Then there’s a pair of new arrivals this season in Meyers Leonard and Jae Crowder. The Heat’s starting center until an ankle injury derailed his season, Leonard has quickly become a favorite of both fans and players alike for an unselfish approach to the game. Acquired mid-season, Crowder wasted no time in demonstrating the qualities required to become a member of the franchise for years to come.
So while the Heat would ideally love to bring all these players back, the uncertainty of free agency can certainly disrupt the most carefully laid plans.
With this in mind, here are three potential suitors the Heat need to be wary of regarding Jones’ future movements.