Among the nuances of Miami Heat’s early NBA Free Agency deals are a few restrictions on the $11 million one-year contract with guard Victor Oladipo.
While Oladipo’s salary could work in any trade permutations, both time and NBA trading rules are on Oladipo’s side.
First, a player signed up to a free agency cannot trade before then for three months or until December 15, whichever comes later.
That means Oladipo cannot be included in a trade this off-season, regardless of whether his salary would represent a potential deal for Kevin Durant or Donovan Mitchell, the league’s two main trading targets at the moment.
In addition to that timing element, Oladipo also has an implicit no-trade clause.
Players who have Bird Rights, such as Oladipo, and subsequently agree to one-year contracts, cannot be traded during the term of the contract without their consent. Bird Rights allows players to be signed above the salary cap.
While Oladipo could eventually be open to a trade, especially if it meant more game time to show himself before returning to free agency next summer, a deal to a trade would mean losing his bird rights.
Because Dewayne Dedmon, another Heat-free agent who reached an agreement to return, will be back on a two-year deal, the Veterans Center does not have such veto powers when it comes to a transaction.
However, like Oladipo, Dedmon also cannot be traded until December 15.
The signing restriction is different for draft picks, with Heat’s first-round Nikola Jovic eligible to be traded 30 days after signing his rookie-scale contract Saturday amid the Heat’s summer competition in San Francisco.
Because Oladipo and Dedmon cannot be formally signed until Wednesday afternoon, the end of the NBA’s staff moratorium, their contracts can still be converted to immediate sign-and-trade agreements if they agree.
But the bigger reality is that while the Heat has three contracts in several good spots on the pay scale, from Duncan Robinson’s $16.9 million for 2022-23 to Oladipo’s $11 million to Dedmon’s $4.3 million, only Robinson’s salary is immediate. available to bet. play in a trade.
The Heat entered its fourth day of NBA free agency on Sunday with 12 players under contract for the upcoming season: Bam Adebayo, Jimmy Butler, Dedmon, Haywood Highsmith, Tyler Herro, Jovic, Kyle Lowry, Oladipo, Robinson, Max Strus, Gabe Vincent and Omer Yurtseven. An agreement on veteran forward Udonis Haslem for a 20th Heat season would bring that total to 13, two less than the NBA’s regular season maximum.
The Heat also has summer league entrants Mychal Mulder and Javonte Smart under a two-way contract, allowing teams to carry up to two such players during the season.
In addition, the 2021-22 Heat roster components Markieff Morris and Caleb Martin entered the fray as free agents.
Off-season teams can carry as many as 20 players, a limit that doesn’t apply to those exclusively under summer league contracts.