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“Thirty million a year is what I thought I was worth” — Tyler Herro explains the magic number for him to agree to a deal with Heat

Tyler Herro wouldn't have signed for anything less than $30 million a year.
Miami Heat guard Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro

Tyler Herro recently inked a four-year, $130 million contract extension with the Miami Heat, a deal that will run until the end of the 2026-27 season.

The reigning Sixth Man of the Year recently gave Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald an inside look into his negotiation with the Heat front office. When asked what his magic number was to agree to a deal, Herro answered $30 million a year and explained his response.

"There's a lot of great young players in the league that got paid and I'm not saying I'm better than anyone," Herro told Barry. "But I'm in the same category as young great players coming up in this league and I knew my worth. Thirty million a year is what I thought I was worth."

The 2019 NBA draft class getting paid

Like what the 22-year-old alluded to, some of his peers have gotten richer by signing lucrative contract extensions with their respective teams.

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For instance, Zion Williamson, the No. 1 pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, signed a five-year rookie max extension worth at least $193 million despite playing just 85 regular season games in the previous three years. Three other players of the 2019 NBA Draft class agreed to lengthy extensions, including Ja Morant, Darius Garland, and R.J. Barrett.

Before inking a deal with the Heat, Herro had already stated that he had seen other "players across the league that have gotten paid who I know I'm better than."

Focus on winning a title

Now that a contract extension is already in place and will not be hanging over the head of the Heat and Herro this campaign, the team can hopefully concentrate on contending for the championship.

The 6-foot-5 has been a key piece of Miami's rotation over the past three seasons. He had also shown the ability to perform well in the postseason, such as when he lit up the bubble in Orlando, Fla., during the 2020 playoffs.

The Heat made it to the Eastern Conference Finals last season, losing to the Boston Celtics in seven games. It will be interesting to see how far they go in the 2022-23 campaign.

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