The Miami Heat shocked the basketball world last year by making an unexpected run to the NBA Finals. While they fell short to the Los Angeles Lakers on the final stage, they were expected to be one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Miami got off to a slow start because of injuries and positive Covid-19 tests but managed to climb back into the playoff picture thanks to Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo's efforts. The Heat might need a third star to make another run in the rapidly-improving Eastern Conference. Whether they’ll make a move ahead of the NBA’s March 25 trade deadline remains to be seen.
Heat Nation hoped to steal Giannis Antetokounmpo from the Milwaukee Bucks before he signed a super max extension. The front office didn’t pull the trigger on James Harden when the Houston Rockets put him on the market. Miami has a pair of elite, two-way players in Butler and Adebayo but has an excess number of point guards. Miami could also look to make an upgrade at power forward. The Heat has no choice but to part ways with its young talent in the hopes of chasing a title, so Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, and Precious Achiuwa could be on the move.
The Heat are interested in a few players who have been dangled as trade bait as of late and should be buyers if the right opportunity is presented to them. Houston’s Victor Oladipo, who refused to sign an extension with the Rockets after being traded by the Indiana Pacers earlier this season, has long been a Miami target. Adding another 20-point scorer who can slash to the basket and defend could be ideal for a team that depends on Butler and Adebayo to do most of the facilitating. Trade rumors have swirled around Kyle Lowry for months now. The Toronto Raptors point guard’s championship pedigree and ability to impact winning on both sides of the ball could make him a perfect fit for a team with a win-now mentality.