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How Thursday's trade between Detroit and Milwaukee could affect Miami

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The Bucks and Pistons made a move today that could affect the Heat.

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Yahoo reported today that the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons completed a trade today:

So how does this affect the Heat? Believe it or not, both teams have done something that has in turn affected Miami's off-season plans. I'll explain.


The most likely scenario is that Greg Monroe will not be in Detroit for much longer. So the Pistons decided to plug that hole with Ilyasova. Detroit also traded former Heat players Butler and Williams, both small forwards to Milwaukee. This means small forward is now a need for the Pistons. Detroit has the eighth pick in this upcoming NBA Draft, and will probably be selecting a small forward there. Stanley Johnson seems to be the ideal fit.


The Bucks are now saving money in this move, up to $22 million in cap space. This money will probably be used for the futures of Khris Middleton and Jabari Parker, but considering how Wisconsin is where Dwyane Wade played in college, don't be surprised if the Bucks attempt to make a move for D-Wade's services. Wouldn't be the least bit shocked if the pitch was led by Caron Butler, a friend of Wade's. Then again, as Wojnarowski noted, both acquired players have non-guaranteed contracts and could be waived to clear cap space.

So you have one team that might take the draft player you want, while the other team might take the player you can't afford to lose. What an "off" season.