Tyler Herro is quickly becoming one of the most interesting stars in the NBA today.
The 20-year-old entered the season as a mild-mannered rookie looking to make a name for himself on a Miami Heat squad that nobody quite knew what to expect from. He left it as a legit contributor to a squad that came within two games of winning the championship.
After the Finals ended, Herro and his girlfriend Katya Elise Henry decided to take a little vacation to celebrate. Apparently the love triangle rumors have left them unbothered. Since then, photos have been coming out of the pair enjoying their time together. Needless to say, the most recent photo caught some people by surprise.
Herro seems to be loving life right now, as evidenced by his fresh braids and the other pictures on his and Henry’s Instagrams.
Between all these photos and the tattoos that the pair showed off last week, it’s safe to assume that this probably isn’t the last update fans are going to get from their vacation.
This is how you get into the spirit of Halloween. https://t.co/AcyucHrDHS
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 1, 2020
Once Herro gets back from his trip, all focus will need to switch to basketball. He had an incredibly impressive rookie campaign and will need to build on that. Last year he averaged 13.5 points on 42.8 percent shooting, 4.1 rebounds and 2 assists per game during the regular season. In the postseason, those totals jumped to 16.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game.
Herro was so good that he is now essentially viewed as untouchable by Heat team President Pat Riley. There has been some chatter regarding a trade with the Indiana Pacers involving soon-to-be free agent Victor Oladipo, but it appears as though the Heat are unwilling to part with Herro in most potential deals.
“League sources believe a trade for Oladipo wouldn’t even consider including Herro on Miami’s end of it,” Zach Harper of The Athletic reported recently. “Riley hangs up.”
Now that’s how you do Halloween. https://t.co/C693pk7Nlh
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 31, 2020
The only players Miami would be willing to give up Herro for seem to be Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards – two objectively remarkable talents with years of All-Star caliber play. That says something.
“It’s just hard to see Herro being involved unless they’re acquiring Giannis or Beal in a potential trade,” Harper observed.
Then again, all this probably shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. Riley truly believes he has built a championship-level nucleus within the Heat. At this juncture, he just wants one more star to put them over the top. As unwilling as he is to give up Herro, he feels even stronger about giving up center Bam Adebayo.
— Game 7 (@game7__) October 30, 2020
“A league source tells The Athletic that the Heat ‘would hang the phone up with F-bombs ringing through the disconnected call’ if someone demanded Adebayo in a deal,” Harper added.
The Heat are currently +1400 to win the title next season. Most sports books have them somewhere behind the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors. Some have them behind the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets, while others have them in front.
One way or another, this is going to be a big year for Herro and Co. Either they will confirm that they are perennial contenders here to stay, or they’ll prove the doubters right and render their 2019-20 campaign a fluke. Which one will it ultimately be? Time will tell.