Miami Heat president Pat Riley has admitted that Bam Adebayo and his contract situation with the team could get dicey, with the Heat keen on securing cap flexibility to land another marquee player in 2021 all while knowing their homegrown star deserves to be paid.
Adebayo was a key player for the team last season, one in which he became an All-Star for the first time. His contributions helped lead the Heat to their first NBA Finals since 2014 and their coming up short may have had a bit to do with his getting injured in Game 1 of the series against the Los Angeles Lakers.
That Miami wants to bring Giannis Antetokounmpo to South Beach is possibly the NBA’s worst-kept secret at the moment. And they are faced with a bit of a dilemma as trying to convince Adebayo to stall on a mega deal could put a strain on the relationship between team and player.
Riley spoke about the team’s run to the Finals, as well as its future, in a press conference on Friday.
“We know we have a decision to make, Bam has a decision to make, and we do with him,” he was quoted as saying on the Adebayo situation by Twitter user @tropicalblanket. “It’s gonna be a little bit dicey for us because we want that flexibility.
“We have to take care of our own as much as we can but we can’t give up that flexibility.”
Bam Adebayo is set to make just over $5 million next season on his current deal. It will be interesting to see how Riley and the Heat handle things in that regard.
Riley’s full press conference could be viewed here.