The Miami Heat entered Thursday’s NBA trade deadline with the intention to acquire a third star to aid this year’s title hunt, and they did just that. Miami managed to swindle the Houston Rockets out of Victor Oladipo, a player it had long been linked to, for Avery Bradley, Kelly Olynyk, and a future pick swap. The Heat didn’t have to part with members of its young corps and got a quality player who can improve the overall performance of their team. Let’s go over how Oladipo’s arrival could affect the Heat from a fantasy perspective.
Fantasy impact for Heat
Oladipo flirted with a 20-5-5 stat line in Houston, after being traded by the Indiana Pacers. He was given a ton of freedom to do as he pleased with the Rockets, but will now have to accept his role as a second or third option. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are both better playmakers and average nearly 20 points per game apiece. It’s hard to see Oladipo’s arrival affecting the production of either of his co-stars significantly, but other players could see a significant drop odd.
Miami has a surplus of point guards. Goran Dragic, Kendrick Nunn, and Tyler Herro have all started at point this season, but all three of them are below-average defenders. Oladipo can score just as well as any of the aforementioned players and is more versatile on defense. Nunn is the most expendable player of the group and could fall out of the rotation altogether. Tyler Herro has been the most consistent fantasy producer of the trio ranks third on the Heat in points per game. Either he or Duncan Robinson will be relegated to the bench to make room for Oladipo. Robinson — the Heat’s resident three-point specialist — will probably take the biggest hit among current starters.