March 25th marks the deadline for NBA general managers to secure trade deals with other teams.
Trading players gives each squad leader a chance to bolster their roster and potentially upgrade their teams’ position in the NBA.
Miami Heat’s performance this season has dwindled. Considering last season, they slayed the courts during the Covid bubble NBAs and even made it to the finals. It’s reasonable to infer that this season the squad isn’t living up to its full potential.
From players like Dragic and Butler sitting out because of injuries. Not to mention, Covid-19s impact on the NBA has caused a real struggle for the team. Can Miami Heat turn this season around and make it to the playoffs?
Well, if the trade rumors are true, there are a few candidates that could reignite the team’s execution on the court: Zach LaVine, Rudy Gay, and Bradley Beal.
Many will be patiently and eagerly waiting to see the trades Miami Heat follow through with this season. From devoted fans of Miami Heat, to punters who fancy their chance on the team to succeed this season, potential trades are more than likely music to their ears.
So, here is a profile of the three potentials that could enable Miami to maintain its reputation as an elite NBA team and reach the final this season.
Potential Trade Deals
Player: Zach LaVine
Team: Chicago Bulls
Trade: Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, and Andre Iguodala
Zach LaVine is 25, in his prime, and heavily considered one of the best offensive players out there right now.
It’s thought he could do wonders for Miami Heat, but a significant trade deal would need to go down to get this star on the side.
So, what’s in it for the Chicago Bulls, you ask? To make a trade, it’s likely Miami Heat will need to let go of four players: Herro, Robinson, Nunn, and Iguodala.
Should the trade go ahead, Zach would bring incredible offensive firepower that would boost the existing roster. And, while he may not be the best defender, Miami has more than enough defensive-orientated players to support Zach’s stance on the court.
Alongside Miami Heat’s top players Bam Adebayo and Jim Butler, Zach would help form an unstoppable trio. Giving the team a greater chance of making it to the finals.
After all, the star player has a current average of 28.1 PPG while taking a shot of 43.0% from a 3PT range. Even when he’s under pressure on the court, his confidence, athleticism, and capability win time after time, enabling LaVine to shoot hoops regardless of the conditions.
For a player that’s likely to lift the team’s performance this season and secure Miami heat as a top team in the seasons to come, acquiring Zach LaVine is a must for the squad.
Player: Rudy Gay
Team: San Antonio Spurs
Trade: KZ Okpala, Olynyk, plus a 2022 second-round pick
Other trade rumors circulating suggest 34-year-old forward Rudy Gay from San Antonio Spurs could be snapped up by Miami Heat.
At a mighty 6 feet and 8 inches, Rudy could become a staple defensive player on Miami’s squad.
From the 22 minutes Gay has played on the court each game this season, he has earned a 98.7 defensive rating, which topples Miami Heat’s Jimmy Butler’s current rating.
Rudy has tremendous defensive skills, which would undoubtedly elevate the team’s current position. Plus, despite his experience and skills, he is, for Miami Heat at least, considered inexpensive to buy.
But whether Gay joining the team would be enough to fix the squad in time for the playoffs is questionable. Instead, it may be wise for Miami Heat to on-board a few additional players alongside him.
Player: Bradley Beal
Team: Washington Wizards
Trade: G Tyler Herro, G Goran Dragic, F/C Kelly Olynyk, 2022 first-round pick, 2024 first-round pick, 2026 first-round pick
Anyone familiar with the Miami Heat understands Pat Riley is keen on creating a “Big 3”. Just as he once did with Bosh, LeBron, and Wade.
While there are talks about putting Zach LaVine alongside Jimmy and Bam, another alternative is Bradley Beal.
As an excellent all-round offensive team player, Beal could become the go-to scorer the Heat relies on. Beal will also have the advantage of a range of advanced players who can defend and enable Bradley to shoot.
The trade would come at a high cost, causing the MIA to lose Robinson and Herro. But Bradley Beal is arguably a better player than both and could be the last piece of the “Big 3” to help the team excel and make it to the finals.
Rumors reveal Bradley is open to the idea, too, because he’s experiencing frustrations in his current team.
Miami Heat: Trade Deadline Nearing
Miami Heat are usually top-tier NBA contenders worthy of championship status. But, this year, it’s unlikely they’ll make the cut unless the president of the club takes serious advantage of the opportunity to recruit before the end of March and shuffle the team around with some fresh talent such as the players profiled above.
While Zach LaVine seems like a no-brainer, Rudy Gay could be a strong accomplice too.