Heat may be stuck in a max-contract bind as a result of Tyler Herro’s surge.


Heat may be stuck in a max-contract bind thanks to Tyler Herro’s surge.

The Miami Heat did well on the road against the Utah Jazz on November 13 despite the absence of Jimmy Butler.

Whether or not he is able to play against the Thunder on Monday, the Heat will almost certainly be ready, and Heat fans can thank Tyler Herro for that.

Following Herro’s sophomore slump, some questioned what they knew about him and his team.

He averaged 11.3 points per game over a 10-game stretch in March, shooting 32 percent from the field and 21.6 percent from beyond the arc.

However, for the former late-lottery pick, the sky appears to be the limit.

Herro has a 22-6-4 line and is hitting 37.4 percent of his seven three-point attempts per game through 13 games in 2021-22.

His contributions off the bench have been so impressive that he’s set NBA early-season production records.

More importantly, they may have laid the groundwork for the 21-year-old to receive a massive payday — and perhaps sooner than some may have anticipated.

Is Herro a big spender?

Herro’s rookie-scale contract with the Heat currently has him earning around (dollar)4 million this season and closer to (dollar)6 million in 2022-23.

If nothing changes between now and then, a qualifying offer from Miami would turn him into a restricted free agent in the summer, allowing the team to match any offer sheet he signs.

Given how he’s blown up, that’s a good scenario for the Heat, but it might behoove them to take care of business before then.

Herro will be eligible for the designated rookie extension this offseason, as it happens.

In his first extension year, a deal like this would net him a max-level salary of at least 25% of the cap.

Herro’s starting salary would be more than (dollar)31 million, with annual raises bringing the total to around (dollar)181 million over the next five years beyond his current contract with the Heat.

It may have seemed unlikely in the spring, but not so much now.

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