KEY POINTS

  • Miami Heat's Tyler Herro will earn $3.6 million this season
  • The rookie has a higher paycheck than Heat teammate Bam Adebayo
  • Herro exploded for 37 points  in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics

Tyler Herro is one of Miami Heat's saviors this season. He is in his first year, but he gets paid more than teammate Bam Adebayo.

Herro was the 13th pick in the 2019 NBA draft. It was a toss-up between the Heat and Boston Celtics, but the pick went to Miami and the rest is history. According to CBS Sports, the former Kentucky Wildcats standout is enjoying a breakout season, averaging 13.5 points and exploding for 37 points in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Boston Celtics.

The outside sniper is on a rookie contract, but he is already the eighth highest paid in Miami's roster this season. Herro is earning $3.6 million for the 2019-2020 season. He is set to take home a larger paycheck than three-year veteran and defensive player of the year contender Adebayo, who will take home $3.4 million for the current season, per Basketball-Reference.  

Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, moves the ball against Miami's Jae Crowder, left, and Tyler Herro in a 130-116 victory Thursday that clinched a top seed for the NBA playoffs for the Bucks Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, moves the ball against Miami's Jae Crowder, left, and Tyler Herro in a 130-116 victory Thursday that clinched a top seed for the NBA playoffs for the Bucks Photo: GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / POOL

The Heat splurged on Jimmy Butler, whom the team bought in the offseason, with a $32 million salary. He is followed by fellow veterans Goran Dragic and another defensive specialist, Andre Iguodala, who will be making $19.2 million and $17.1 million for the 2019-2020 season, respectively. On the other hand, coach Erik Spoelstra is taking home a $3 million paycheck for the season but will make an extra $120,000 per won ball game.

With the Heat making the NBA Finals this time, after losing out the postseason last year, expect lucrative bonuses for Spoelstra, Adebayo and Herro, along with the other members of the team.

Herro signed a deal with the Heat that guarantees two years and $7.4 million, a report from Spotrac revealed. His contract also includes a club option for 2021 to 2023. If he remains healthy and improves his already impressive rookie performance in the coming years, the Heat will have to offer him a lucrative deal or risk losing him to other teams.

Meanwhile, Adebayo is also on track for a mega deal. He will become a restricted free agent in 2021. The Heat will have to decide how to secure some of their young core. The former Kentucky Wildcats forward has shown immense potential and reached All-Star status in 2019. 

The Heat will face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals on Wednesday, Sept. 30. Both teams missed the playoffs last year. There will be a lot of stories connected to this series, with James being a former Heat player and Heat president Pat Riley being a former coach of the Lakers in the '80s.