2. Max Strus, Miami Heat
After going undrafted in 2019, Max Strus has had to prove himself year after year. In the past two seasons, Strus has emerged as a sharpshooter while showing glimpses of being able to shoot among the league’s best. This regular season, Strus had 22 games with 4+ three-pointers while shooting 35%. While this is a decrease from his 41% shooting from deep last season, Strus’ down year could fuel him to keep improving.
Max Strus has struggled in the playoffs this season, coming off a 0-10 (0-9 from three) shooting performance in Game 1 of the Finals. His failure to show up in the playoffs is not a good sign to any team that might target him this offseason, but all shooters have cold streaks, and it is all about how he bounces back.
While Strus is not as good of a defender as the Kings may be looking for, he is not a liability. As long as Strus does not get switched onto a quick, shifty point guard, he rarely has defensive breakdowns.
Max Strus can perfectly space the floor and run with a fast-paced offense like the Kings. Strus becoming an unrestricted free agent allows him to find a young contender team where all he has to do is run the floor and shoot threes.