Shortly after the report that the Miami Heat were interested in Rudy Gay from the Sacramento Kings, it was quickly debunked by Ethan Skolnick of the Miami Herald. The Rudy Gay rumor, which originated between Ethan and ESPN's Michael Wallace, was enhanced by Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.
What Wallace did say is that the Heat has been talking wing players with a team from the Pacific Division -- and it was the Kings, but now Ethan is saying that it is Omri Casspi.
Casspi is a 27-year old small forward from Israel. He's averaging 12.3 PPG and 6.4 RPG this season and he's shooting nearly 42% from three. That would be the intent the Heat are seeking, a wing player who can begin to consistently score from the outside.
Omri Casspi from 3:— Aprende El Juego (@cch1125) February 9, 2016
Only 15% of his attempts coming from corners
37% of Heat's 3 point attempts come from corners pic.twitter.com/nh9hLbA4LI
Gerald Green, Luol Deng and Justise Winslow could all be affected by such a trade.
Tyler Johnson apparently is the desired return player for the Kings. Miami may try to include Chris Andersen in the deal to unload his contract. Casspi is making $2.8 million this year and $2.9 million next season. The Heat don't have much to offer the Kings unless they really just like Johnson or don't want Casspi anymore. Draft picks aren't something the Heat can get rid of at this point.
It's all rumors, but it is clear the Heat are looking and talking to teams. The NBA trade deadline is February 18.