Earlier this afternoon it was announced that Kemba Walker would be out indefinitely with a torn left meniscus. While Charlotte is hopeful that Walker can return in the next six weeks (link) the Hornets are now left with just Brian Roberts left to vill the void at point guard.
Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Hornets may be interested in Norris Cole to help them bide time until Walker is able to return to action.
Yahoo Sources: Charlotte's pursuing trade avenues to replace Kemba Walker, with Sacramento's Ramon Sessions and Heat's Norris Cole on radar.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 26, 2015
Cole received a DNP-CD against the Bulls on Sunday, a 96-84 Heat win. While Cole has been a contributing member to Miami's two titles teams in the last three seasons he seems to have been passed by rookie Shabazz Napier on the depth chart and thus becomes expendable. Cole is set to become a restricted free agent after this season and it's unclear whether or not Miami will look to bring him back.
The Heat are looking to acquire a shooting guard to backup Dwyane Wade and Charlotte's Gary Neal may be a perfect fit. The Heat may have to throw in a low salaried player to make it work (such as Justin Hamilton or Shawne Williams), or it could be part of a larger deal. Heat fans may remember Neal from his 24 point outburst against the Heat in the 2012-13 NBA Finals, a game the Spurs won by an astonishing 36 points before the Heat won three of the next four to win the title.
Neal hasn't been very efficient this season, shooting just 35.6% from the field and 27.6% from deep in 22 minutes a game. For his career, however, Neal is a 38% three-point shooter and may perform better on a better team. Neal can provide a solid scoring punch off the bench but not much else - still, Miami is desperate and Neal would certainly come cheap, likely not costing them any long term assets.