This has been a long offseason filled with trade rumors and gossip. Many NBA fans might be aware that Tyler Herro has been an inadvertent subject of discussion. This is due to the fact that he is at the forefront of a potential trade package that the Miami Heat are looking to offer the Portland Trail Blazers in return for acquiring Damian Lillard.
Although Lillard made it clear that he wanted to be traded to the Heat, the Blazers have yet to honor his request. There have been several reports indicating that they aren’t happy with Tyler Herro and the package that Miami has to offer centered around him.
This narrative was soon pushed forward and trade talks soon died down. However, a senior NBA Insider recently questioned if the Blazers are handling this situation well. Let us take a better look and find out more.
Are the Portland Trail Blazers undervaluing Tyler Herro?
It has been a long time since NBA fans got to see Tyler Herro playing for the Miami Heat. He broke his hand during their first-round matchup against the Bucks during the playoffs and was sidelined for the rest of the postseason.
Since the Heat were able to make the NBA Finals without Herro, this has created the notion of a lack of value. Blazers management likely wondered if Herro could make any difference at all if his team was able to make the NBA Finals without him.
However, that isn’t the fair way to view this situation. We simply have no way of knowing how Herro would have played had he been healthy. It is also possible that the Heat could have defeated the Nuggets in the NBA Finals if they had another talented scorer like Herro.
ESPN Insider Marc Spears certainly feels that Herro is being undervalued and cast aside, “When he’s on the floor…There’s some shooters that are on the floor that put fear in your heart, and he’s one of them, and those are hard players to find…There’s a lot of guys shooting threes, there’s not a lot of guys you fear shooting threes. This Tyler Herro hate from the beginning has been really confusing to me.”
“When [Tyler Herro’s] on the floor—There’s some shooters that are
on the floor that put fear in your heart. And [Tyler Herro’s] one of them. Those are hard players to find. This Tyler Herro hate from the beginning has been really confusing to me.” – @MarcJSpears via @Oregonian pic.twitter.com/C4EQIrVgzG
— Dru (@dru_star) August 31, 2023
While we have no undisputed way of knowing if Herro strikes fear in the hearts of fellow NBA players or not, perhaps the Blazers should listen to Marc Spears and reconsider making the trade for Herro. There is no way of telling how Lillard will behave next season now that he has made his desire to be traded public. We look forward to seeing how this situation plays out.