The Miami Heat are reportedly among several NBA teams to have submitted a trade proposal to the Cleveland Cavaliers for All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, league sources have identified the Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, San Antonio Spurs and the Phoenix Suns as the teams that have made offers to the Cavs among 20 or so teams that have inquired about Irving since the news of his request to be traded. The same article points out that many of these teams do not have the necessary assets to make a substantial trade offer that would interest Cleveland.
As far as the Heat’s chances of actually landing Irving, many including Wojnarowski believe that the history between the two franchises would complicated matters. That could change, of course, if Miami included more pieces and made an offer the Cavs couldn’t refuse.
The Miami Heat are willing to part with Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow as centerpieces for an Irving trade, league sources said. With the Cleveland-Miami history, there's little chance for a deal unless the Heat offered an overwhelming package.
Miami, who were originally listed as one of four teams that Irving reportedly had requested to be traded to, is limited with regards to including draft picks in future transactions because of the Dragic trade with the Phoenix Suns in 2015, with the Heat sending out two future first round picks (top 7 protected next year or unprotected in 2019 as well as a 2021 first round pick) that have yet to be conveyed. Dragic is under contract for two more seasons and holds a player option at $19.2 million for the 2019-20 season.
Just yesterday, Winslow was asked about Irving and his stunning trade request during an appearance at the Miami Heat Summer Camp in Miami Dade College.
"I'm not sure if I feel for him, but I don't agree with some of the hate and some of the things that have been thrown his way," he said. "For Kyrie, I know he's a talented player and he's done a lot for that team in that role, and I think he's almost kind of maximized that role. And I think that's kind of the point that he got to, is that he's ready to take that next step.
"Some people don't agree, some people do agree. But for him, I know that he's been waiting for this moment to have his own team. So I'm happy for him. It's not the perfect way it's going down, with all the behind-the-scenes stuff that I don't even know about but just for him, just knowing him. He's hit the big shot in the Finals. He's won a gold medal. He's won a world championship. He's been an All-Star. He's been All-Star MVP. So I think when you go down the list, there's not much more he can accomplish. But I think the thing he's trying to accomplish is leading his own team, in his own way. I’m happy for him. He's going to get the chance, hopefully, we'll see because I know it's something that he really wants."