The Miami Heat will have approximately $13 million in less cap space by signing Bam Adebayo to a max extension. While it would complicate the cap machinations for the Heat, it could increase their odds of acquiring Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021.
"A source who knows Antetokounmpo well said he would be more impressed by the Heat giving Adebayo the extension now than asking Adebayo to wait a year for the purpose of making it easier for the Heat to acquire Antetokounmpo," writes the Miami Herald.
Antetokounmpo and Adebayo are friends and share the same agent in Alex Saratsis.
Beyond Antetokounmpo, the 2021 free agency class will have Victor Oladipo, LeBron James, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Jrue Holiday.
Miami also has interest in trading for Bradley Beal should he become available.