The Miami Heat were said to be interested in Evan Turner before the NBA’s trade deadline and it was even suggested that the Heat had the needed pieces to get a deal done.
That piece would have been a draft pick and power forward Udonis Haslem, but the Heat decided to decline the Philadelphia 76ers offer – not because it was bad for basketball reasons – but because it wouldn’t have sent the correct message.
Per the Miami Herald:
ESPN commentator and Herald contributor Dan Le Batard reported today that the Heat last week rejected Philadelphia’s trade offer of Evan Turner for Udonis Haslem because trading Haslem, who sacrificed more than $10 million to sign here, would not be sending the right message.
The ‘right message’ was that the Heat didn’t want to trade away Haslem given his previous sacrifices for the team.
It ends up being a pretty significant decision on the part of the Heat given Miami could have walked away from Turner’s contract at season end while Haslem has a $4.6 million dollar player option for next year.