NBA Trade Rumors: Miami Heat Seeking Guard In Trade

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Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra

Dec 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra (left) talks with Miami Heat shooting guard Ray Allen (right) during the second half against the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Arena. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

On the surface, it’s difficult to envision the Miami Heat needing much of anything in terms of upgrading their team. With LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh in the fold, the Heat have stacked the deck against the NBA the past two seasons on their way to back-to-back championships. Believe it or not Miami is reportedly trying to make a move. (Per ESPN.)

The desire for a trade stems from Dwyane Wade’s continued health issues. The All-Star guard has been injured quite a bit over the past few years and on the shelf due to continued knee injuries. Wade has already missed five of the team’s 19 games heading into this weekend and that’s understandably causing some concern down in South Beach.

This isn’t Wade’s first brush with injuries, though. In fact, the guard has never played in 80 games in a season and has missed significant parts of six of his 11 NBA seasons if you include this year. Rewind back to last season when Wade was ailing during the NBA Playoffs. He not only missed a game in the postseason last year, but also was clearly hampered by the injury when he was on the court. Wade averaged a career-low 15.9 points per playoff game last season and while he certainly helped the team, he wasn’t the same player he’s been in the past.

Add it all up and it’s not too much of a surprise that the Heat want to add a little insurance in their backcourt. The next obvious question will be which players the Heat are targeting.

You can almost immediately rule out contending teams in the Eastern Conference. Franchises like the Pacers and Hawks may have available players, but the chances of them helping out the team they’re trying to defeat are slim to none. My guess? Any potential deal would come with a team not expected to contend this season. Teams are also going to be wary of helping out a franchise considered by many to be the villain. The last thing a GM wants to do is be criticized as the Memphis Grizzlies were a few years ago when they dealt franchise cornerstone Pau Gasol away for what was perceived to be a lump of coal. That didn’t turn out to be the case as Marc Gasol, one of the players in that deal, has turned into a quality player. Still, the thought of potential ridicule exists and no front office wants to deal with that headache.

We’re not that far along in the process yet, but one player who could be intriguing is Dion Waiters. As I wrote recently, the Cavs appear to be shopping him. On the surface, adding a streaky player to a championship team might appear to be a disaster. After all, why wouldn’t Miami target a more veteran presence? They certainly could, but keep in mind that they already have Ray Allen. The Heat could desire a younger player and Waiters certainly fits that bill.

One stumbling block to a potential trade could be ill feelings that might exist between the two franchises after Miami plucked LeBron James away from Cleveland. It’s been a few years, but you never know. The thought of the Cavs answering the phone when Miami comes calling just seems uncomfortable if nothing else.

Another player who might interest the Heat is Mike Miller. Miller is familiar with the team’s system having played for the Heat the past few years. Technically he’s a small forward, but Miller is enough of a shooter that he can play shooting guard as well if called upon. Currently in Memphis, the Grizzlies may be amenable to a deal since the Heat are in the Eastern Conference and Memphis isn’t currently starting him.

The Heat’s biggest problem will be trying to offer an attractive player in return. They certainly don’t want to deal away a key cog to their machine, but to get value, you’ve got to give value – whether that’s in term of talent, draft picks, or expiring contracts.

Brain Windhorst of ESPN.com  thinks they may be dangling center Joel Anthony, but even though big men are desired, a player like Anthony on his own isn’t going to fetch much of a return. Not only is he on the other side of 30, he’s also played sparingly this season. Anthony is also a bit undersized for center at 6-foot-9 and the idea of him trying to compete with athletic power forwards is pretty frightening.

Either way, the trade market appears to be a bit more crowded.

Anson Whaley is a freelance writer with more than 16 years of experience. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a current member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA). Mr. Whaley has also been a credentialed member of the media for various events.
22 comments
James Jordan Wade
James Jordan Wade

trade haslem for jordan crawford,waive jones and sign hamed haddadi.

WhyNot?
WhyNot?

trade Haslem and Jones for (cavs) Waiters,then trade Bosh and Anthony for (nuggets) Mozgov and Hickson.

Bell
Bell

Don't mind getting back mike miller joe can go

Bell
Bell

Wade not going no where

cody
cody

trade james jones and anthony for dion waiters and if we have to give up a pick if we have one, not like we need it

Jon
Jon

Alexey shved for Joel anthony

M. Garguilo
M. Garguilo

Anson, there is an unfortunate problem with your Mike Miller proposition. Any team who has released a player through the amnesty rule can not reacquire said player under any circumstances until the original terms of the contract have run out. In the case of Mike Miller, that would be following the 2014-15 season.

neverWrong
neverWrong

they should pick up shannon brown fa no need for an joel trade

T Lucas
T Lucas

Trade Bosh for Asik. Waive James Jones.....sign Shannon Brown. Start Beasley. Problem solved.

kujo37daggs
kujo37daggs

Miami could certainly have Austin Rivers in exchange for Joel Anthony. That deal might require a 2nd rounder from the Heat at best.

jon
jon

trade Bosh for Asik? are u kiddin me man?

Jake
Jake

i like the idea of swapping bosh and anthony for mozgov and hickson (nuggets), but i think there's no chance for waiters deal..how about haslem and jones for (knicks) shumpert.

Kevin
Kevin

miller can be on their team at the start of next year . it's only one year after they are amnestied

Anson
Anson

Thanks - appreciate that. Hadn't thought of it.

Anson
Anson

Brown is a decent player, but I've never been totally sold on him. His assist-to-turnover ratio is generally never good, he doesn't shoot well from three-point range, and is a very average overall player. That said, he has playoff experience and is probably about as good as it gets when it comes to available players without having to make a trade.

Ralph
Ralph

Ya Shannon cn help thm out

Kevin
Kevin

actually that creates way more problems. They would be getting rid of 2 great shooters for one rebounder and a guy who can dunk on fast breaks. there would be no floor spacing because there would be one above average 3 point shooter in chalmers in their starting lineup

Kevin
Kevin

the pelicans would not make that trade. I don't know what gm you have been talking too.

Bell
Bell

Yea we will like miller back

M. Garguilo
M. Garguilo

No problem man. Enjoying your articles. I am interested in the idea of Dion Waiters joint the heat. I think perhaps you are right though that the Cavs may not want to deal with the Heat. Also throwing Waiters who as you said has been streaky into the lineup could be a wrench in the works. It is still early in the season though.

Kevin
Kevin

jannero pargo

Anson
Anson

Thanks, appreciate it -