The Miami Heat did not land Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry on Thursday, but they did end up with another player on their radar. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets traded Victor Oladipo to the Miami Heat for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and a draft swap.
For the Heat, they get another bonafide scorer in Oladipo (when healthy), who can play next to Jimmy Butler. Miami also gets to keep their trio of young players in Tyler Hero, Kendrick Nunn, and Duncan Robinson. Along with the acquisition of Oladipo, the Heat are reportedly frontrunners for former San Antonio Spurs big man LaMarcus Aldridge.
Miami Heat odds
Championship odds: +2500
Odds to win East: +1200
As things currently stand, the Heat have a record of 22-22 and are in fifth place in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Miami is only a half game behind the Charlotte Hornets for fourth place in the conference and first place in the Southeast. With LaMelo Ball injured and the Heat grabbing Oladipo, we should expect them to overtake the Hornets for fourth place.
After that, they have a long way to climb the ladder to get into the top-three spots of the East as the Sixers, Nets, and Bucks have separated themselves. Coincidentally, that’s how the oddsmaker have it as well, with the Heat having the fourth best odds +1200 to win the East and going back to the Finals. If Oladipo is healthy, they will have another player who can create his offense and space out the floor on the perimeter. This season with both the Pacers and Rockets, he’s averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. He is also shooting 41.1% from the field and 37.8% from three-point range.
However, when it comes to winning the championship, the Heat still have a long way to go as there are still seven teams in front of them. At +2500 odds, Miami would have to beat at least two of the top three teams in the East to make it to the Finals. And then they would have to either beat the Jazz (+800), Clippers (+500), or Lakers (+285), which is not an easy task.
Don’t get me wrong, Oladipo is a solid addition to a Heat team that could use another perimeter scoring threat. However, are they good enough to beat any one of the top-three teams in the East? That remains to be seen.
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