Any time there’s a prominent player ready to move, you’ll hear the Miami Heat mentioned.
This is still a desired destination, even if the Heat’s disastrous summers of 2016 and 2017 have prevented Miami from being in position to receive anyone. Pat Riley said, during his end-of-season presser that he was essentially waiting on a star to force his way here — which means then telling GM Andy Elisburg to make the damn numbers work.
Could they work for Anthony Davis?
Davis is the prototypical Riley target, like Alonzo Mourning, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Hardaway and so many others after. He is disgruntled. He wants out, even apparently after the Pelicans lucked into position to draft Zion Williamson to play with him. And he has something to prove, after never lifting his team to a conference finals.
Then, today, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders put Davis on a list of teams in the hunt for the former Kentucky star.
Miami Heat Could Be Potential Player for Anthony Davis: https://t.co/i5dqCkAVtx
— Heat Nation (@HeatNationCom) June 7, 2019
How does this happen?
Well, the Heat would have to gut the roster. All the talk of pivoting to the Kids. Yeah, that wouldn’t be happening. At least 2 would have to go, most likely, plus contracts to make the money work.
Anthony Davis arriving in Miami if the Heat are able to make the trade. pic.twitter.com/gVbqsTbN5t
— Shandel Richardson (@ShandelRich) January 28, 2019
Would it be worth it?
I posed that question, and most say yes.
It’s roughly a 2-to-1 margin.
Would you gut the Heat roster to get Anthony Davis?
— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) June 7, 2019
And this makes sense.
Waiting is not the Heat way.
You have Caron and Lamar, you flip them for Shaq.
Get the star. Sort the rest out.
I love Bam Adebayo’s potential and personality.
But this is an impatient fan base at this stage, and that matters.
Davis makes the Heat relevant again, immediately. He rarely stays healthy, but maybe would here in the Heat’s conditioning program. He’s not known as a problem guy. He has every skill imaginable.
Please, for the sake of interest in our network, make it happen, Pat. It’s your parting gift to South Florida, before you retreat to Malibu.