Over the course of the NBA offseason, the one star player in the NBA that was thought to get moved and didn’t was Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat.
With the Heat linked to superstar guard Damian Lillard all summer and many believing it would be a matter of time before he was traded to Miami, the consensus was that Herro would be involved in one way or another.
Obviously, Lillard wasn’t traded to the Heat and ended up landing with the Milwaukee Bucks to play alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, leaving Herro in somewhat of an awkward situation in Miami.
The narrative around the league was that the Portland Trail Blazers didn’t want to bring in Herro, nor did other teams that might be involved in a three-team trade, which is always going to have an impact on the player in one way or another.
Herro recently opened up about all the trade talk over the summer and the fact that he didn’t want to get traded to the Blazers, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel via ClutchPoints.
“I didn’t want to go to Portland, so I’m glad Portland didn’t want me… I just don’t want to be in Portland. So it’s not personal with Portland, at all.” Herro said.
“I didn’t want to go to Portland, so I’m glad Portland didn’t want me… I just don’t want to be in Portland. So it’s not personal with Portland, at all.”
Tyler Herro on the trade rumors between the Blazers and the Heat this summer 🗣️
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) October 9, 2023
Even though Herro was trade bait all summer long, he clearly wanted to stay in Miami over being shipped to Portland, and who can blame him due to the location and the current status of the Heat compared to the lowly Blazers.
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