Are more three-pointers in Heat center Bam Adebayo’s future?

The Miami Herald Heat mailbag is here to answer your questions this offseason.

If you were not able to ask this time, send your questions for future mailbags via Twitter (@Anthony_Chiang). You can also email them in to achiang@miamiherald.com.

@Heatles4Ever: Does Bam Adebayo finally start attempting threes regularly next season? We all know he can hit them.

Anthony Chiang: Maybe. Adebayo’s Heat teammates and coaches believe it’s only a matter of time before he incorporates the three-pointer into his offensive game. Will it come next season? It may be a lot to ask for Adebayo to start taking threes regularly this upcoming season after he shot just six threes this past regular season.

In fact, Adebayo has shot just 7 of 50 (14 percent) from three-point range during his NBA career. But 38 of those 50 three-point looks have come out of desperation with less than four seconds remaining on the shot clock, according to NBA tracking stats.

When asked by the Miami Herald in November about the outside pressure for him to develop into a reliable three-point threat, Adebayo called it “annoying.”

“I feel like just let me grow as a player,” Adebayo said. “Everybody is trying to tell somebody what to do, and a lot of people have never been in my seat and [Erik Spoelstra’s] seat. A lot of people try to tell you what you need to do, what you need to change, this, that and the third. But they’ve never been in this situation.”

Remember, Chris Bosh averaged more than one three-point attempt per game for the first time in his 11th NBA season and Al Horford averaged more than one three-point attempt per game for the first time in his ninth NBA season.

Adebayo is preparing for his sixth NBA season. As Adebayo said, just let him grow as a player.

Jeff: Any chance the Heat make a move for John Collins? He would seem to fit perfectly on the Heat.

Anthony: Collins has been a popular name in NBA trade rumors early this offseason. But what would the Atlanta Hawks want in return? Likely an established star or rising star to team up with Trae Young.

Assuming Adebayo, Jimmy Butler and Kyle Lowry are off the table, the Heat’s next top trade asset is Tyler Herro.

So the question becomes: Is the Heat willing to deal away Herro for Collins? Miami would also need to include additional salary to make the trade math work. Collins, who is due $23.5 million next season, is entering the second season of a five-year, $125 million contract he signed with the Hawks last offseason.

My guess to this question is that the Heat is not willing to include Herro in a deal for Collins at this point.

This story was originally published June 18, 2022 9:56 AM.

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Anthony Chiang covers the Miami Heat for the Miami Herald. He attended the University of Florida and was born and raised in Miami.

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