When he was asked at Miami’s media day about his contract extension negotiations and the upcoming Oct. 17 deadline to reach an agreement on a rookie extension, the fourth-year guard out of Kentucky offered the typical business-like response.
“I’m just focused on the season and basketball,” Herro said per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I’m going to let my agent take care of that.”
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Herro also revealed that he was “active early” during extension negotiations but told his agent to “call me when it’s ready” after he realized that the deal wasn’t going to get done “until later.” He also said he’s “not in a rush” to get a deal done. Although Herro said it “be cool” to be the center of attention as a free agent, being recruited in such a fashion isn’t something he’s interested in.
“I was active early in the summer,” he said. “Then I realized it wasn’t going to get done, if it does get done, until later. So I just told my agent to call me when it’s ready.
“So we haven’t really spoken much about the contract. Obviously, I tell him to call me when it’s ready. If it’s not ready, I continue to play my game and figure it out next summer.”
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year also said that he knows his worth and that he ultimately wants to stay in Miami, “but it’s got to make sense for my family.” Herro looks across the landscape and believes he’s better than some players who have gotten big contracts. So, whatever contract extension is offered, “it’s got to be the right number.”
If Herro and the Heat can’t come to an agreement, he will become a restricted free agent on July 1. Miami begins its season with an Oct. 19 home game against the Chicago Bull.