Duncan Robinson’s standing with the Miami Heat has taken a hit. In what was the first season of a five-year, $90 million deal, the lethal perimeter shooter dipped in efficiency. Furthermore, he fell out of the team’s playoff rotation in favor of Max Strus, Gabe Vincent, and Victor Oladipo.
After a grueling seven-game Eastern Conference Finals series loss to the Boston Celtics, the Heat are in a stagnant spot. Moving Robinson, who wasn’t as essential to their operation as he was in previous seasons, could be in the cards.
Here are three ideal trade destinations for Robinson this summer.
Duncan Robinson to the Minnesota Timberwolves
- Timberwolves get: Duncan Robinson
- Heat get: Malik Beasley, Minnesota’s two 2022 second-round draft picks
While the Timberwolves exhibited the potential to be a Western Conference powerhouse this season, they were also extremely inconsistent; they need to sharpen their roster. Robinson would be an impactful pickup for head coach Chris Finch’s offense.
Yes, the Timberwolves attempted the most three-pointers and were one of the better shooting teams in the NBA this season. At the same time, there’s merit behind strengthening a strength, especially in Robinson’s case. The 28-year-old is one of the premier spot-up shooters in the league and would complement the team’s foundation.
Robinson roams around the three-point line and is adept at making off-balanced shots from said range. In doing so, he stretches the floor for Anthony Edwards and D’Angelo Russell to play in isolation, which allows star big man Karl-Anthony Towns to operate from the inside out.
Minnesota can internally replace Beasley with Jaylen Nowell, and Leandro Bolmaro. Meanwhile, Miami gets fresh blood and a capable starter in Beasley. All that said, the Timberwolves may prefer to stay the course with their current rotation working under the mindset that they’ll build on their playoff appearance.