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Rumor mills Heat up in Miami as DeMarre Carroll and other warm bodies mentioned in trade talks

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Trade deadline is less than a week away for teams to align their rosters this season.

NBA: Brooklyn Nets at Denver Nuggets Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarre Carroll has been linked as a possible trade target by the Miami Heat.

”Miami has also expressed interest in Nets forward DeMarre Carroll, league sources told The Athletic… rival executives believe former 10th overall pick Justise Winslow can be obtained on the trade market.”

Another piece mentioning Hassan Whiteside says the Heat may have salary issues next season that could influence whatever trades they are currently considering.

”Chris Bosh’s contract is still on the books for next season ($26 million), and big raises are due for Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson, so the Heat are careening toward a major luxury tax situation.”

Bosh doesn’t count towards salary cap, but Miami still has to pay him millions, less any insurance reimbursements. In addition to Richardson and T. Johnson, the Heat may need to provide Wayne Ellington a pay raise next season.

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Miami could use its $5.5 million injury exception in a trade this season on an expiring contract, without committing itself for 2018-19. The table below lists players with salaries below $6 million, who will be unrestricted free agents next season.

Note that Ellington, Udonis Haslem, Jordan Mickey, Okaro White are all on expiring contracts for Miami. The list may be subject to change due to injuries, trades, etc.

Expiring Contracts

Brandan Wright MEM Bird $5,709,880.00
Josh McRoberts DAL Bird $5,663,088.00
Nick Young GSW Non-Bird $5,192,000.00
Jahlil Okafor BKN Bird $4,788,880.00
Aron Baynes BOS Non-Bird $4,328,000.00
Alex Len PHX Bird $4,187,598.00
Nerlens Noel DAL Bird $4,187,598.00
Devin Harris DAL Bird $4,140,721.00
Mario Hezonja ORL Bird $3,909,880.00
Will Barton DEN Bird $3,533,333.00
Zaza Pachulia GSW Early Bird $3,477,600.00
Rajon Rondo NOP Non-Bird $3,300,000.00
Tarik Black HOU Non-Bird $3,290,000.00
Anthony Tolliver DET Non-Bird $3,290,000.00
Tyreke Evans MEM Non-Bird $3,290,000.00
Seth Curry DAL Early Bird $2,963,205.00
James Ennis MEM Early Bird $2,963,205.00
Michael Carter-Williams CHA Non-Bird $2,700,000.00
Udonis Haslem MIA Non-Bird $2,328,652.00
Jarrett Jack NYK Non-Bird $2,328,652.00
Dwyane Wade CLE Non-Bird $2,328,652.00
Nick Collison OKC Bird $2,328,652.00
Jason Terry MIL Early Bird $2,328,652.00
Arron Afflalo ORL Non-Bird $2,328,652.00
Tony Allen CHI Non-Bird $2,328,652.00
David West GSW Early Bird $2,328,652.00
Jose Calderon CLE Non-Bird $2,328,652.00
Raymond Felton OKC Non-Bird $2,328,652.00
Jeff Green CLE Non-Bird $2,328,652.00
Richard Jefferson DEN Non-Bird $2,302,340.00
Dante Cunningham NOP Bird $2,300,000.00
Jameer Nelson CHI Non-Bird $2,262,871.00
Marreese Speights ORL Non-Bird $2,116,955.00
JaVale McGee GSW Early Bird $2,116,955.00
Michael Beasley NYK Non-Bird $2,116,955.00
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute HOU Non-Bird $2,116,955.00
Aaron Brooks MIN Non-Bird $2,116,955.00
Omri Casspi GSW Non-Bird $2,106,470.00
Derrick Rose CLE Non-Bird $2,106,470.00
Mario Chalmers MEM Non-Bird $2,106,470.00
Rashad Vaughn MIL Bird $2,083,671.00
Tim Frazier WAS Bird $2,045,000.00
Luke Babbitt ATL Non-Bird $1,974,159.00
Quincy Acy BKN Early Bird $1,749,815.00
Ian Clark NOP Non-Bird $1,577,230.00
Willie Reed DET Non-Bird $1,577,230.00
Shane Larkin BOS Non-Bird $1,524,305.00
Jordan Mickey MIA Early Bird $1,471,382.00
Gerald Green HOU Non-Bird $1,381,404.00
Brice Johnson DET Bird $1,302,540.00
Chris McCullough WAS Bird $1,267,701.00
Josh Huestis OKC Bird $1,191,520.00
Kevon Looney GSW Bird $1,182,880.00
Glen Robinson III IND Bird $1,080,333.00
Isaiah Canaan PHX Non-Bird $1,069,308.00
Jerami Grant OKC Bird $1,058,669.00
Joe Harris BKN Early Bird $1,015,838.00
Johnny O'Bryant CHA Early Bird $842,894.00
Sean Kilpatrick MIL Non-Bird $818,130.00
Julyan Stone CHA Non-Bird $762,153.00