The Miami Heat are feeling pretty good about their team after they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals for the second time in the past three seasons. However, they are hoping that they will be able to translate those ECF appearances into Finals victories moving forward. A player who will play a big role in making that happen is Tyler Herro.
Tyler Herro won't settle when it comes to extension talks with the Miami Heat
Herro took the league by storm during the 2020 NBA bubble when his unexpected scoring outbursts helped the Heat make a wild run to the Finals. While they ended up losing to the Los Angeles Lakers, it was clear they had something in Herro, who showcased his scoring capabilities throughout their lengthy playoff run.
Since then, Herro has only continued to grow as a scorer, even though he's never carved out a spot in Miami's starting lineup. He became eligible for a rookie extension this offseason from the Heat, and while he clearly won't get the maximum five-year, $188 million deal he's eligible for, Herro has made it clear he's not accepting anything worth less than what he wants.
Herro said he has a number he's looking for and knows he can get it because there are players in the NBA worse than him who have gotten paid what he's looking to get paid. That is quite a bold claim from the fourth-year guard, but it appears to be a message to the Heat that he's not budging when it comes to his extension negotiations.
"We both know my worth. I want to be in Miami, but it's got to make sense for my family. There's players across the league that have gotten paid who I know I'm better than. So it's got to be the right number. I don't want to go anywhere. But, like I said, it's got to make sense for my family. I'm not rushing to get anything done. I'm still on my rookie contract, and the money doesn't kick in until next summer. So at the end of the day, it's got to make sense for me. So, like I said, I'm not in a rush." - Tyler Herro, The Sun Sentinel
Tyler Herro sends the Miami Heat a stern message
Herro makes it clear that he's in no rush to sign an extension with Miami and that he wants to stay with the Heat long-term. But he also makes it clear that he won't sign for anything less than what he believes he's worth and, in the process, sends a message to the Heat that they may need to keep an eye on when it comes to Herro's extension talks.
Herro is likely in no rush because he believes he can continue to improve as a player and watch his price increase. The Heat have to be aware that there's a decent chance Herro's price will never be lower than it is now, and they may want to explore the possibility of getting an extension done with him before the start of the season.
Herro is set up for an exciting season with the Heat regardless of his extension. But if Miami wants to ensure they hang onto him for the foreseeable future, Herro makes it clear they will have to pay his asking price. If they don't, Herro's time with the Heat could be over before you know it.