For the record, these ideas make some sense on paper, yet can be a disruptive force when building team chemistry.
Miami Heat and Houston Rockets
Rockets Get: James Johnson, Justise Winslow
Heat Get: Ryan Anderson, Zhou Qi, 2019 first-round pick (top-20 protected)
”The easiest way to get their hands on the players they likely covet is shipping out Ryan Anderson, who’s fallen out of favor and out of the rotation because of his shoddy work on the preventing end. But his unpalatable salary makes it tougher to deal him without including a sweetener of some significance, hence the 2019 first-round pick going in the Miami Heat’s direction for our proposed trade. Even that still might not be enough, which is why we’re adding an intriguing young center (Zhou Qi) into the mix.”
”Justine[sic] Winslow is a sturdy defender at the 3 who can play up in small-ball lineups, while James Johnson remains a do-everything forward capable of handling the rock in drive-and-kick sets or buckling down on switches against just about any position. If they could add those two men, they might even be willing to dangle another pick for the South Beach residents.”
While Qi and first-round pick seem enticing, Winslow has too much potential as a Ben Simmons type of point guard to give away, and disposing of Bloodsport seems unholy.
Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat
Cavaliers Get: Hassan Whiteside
Heat Get: Kyle Korver, Larry Nance Jr., Tristan Thompson
”But now that James has departed to the Los Angeles Lakers, they could entirely change the construct of their roster, employing a fundamentally different system by dealing Kyle Korver and Thompson to the Miami Heat, with Larry Nance Jr.’s untapped potential serving as a tasty sweetener.”
So let’s see, Miami adds a training camp holdout in Thompson, and a Luke Babbitt clone in Korver. Let’s move on.
Denver Nuggets and Miami Heat
Denver Nuggets Get: Justise Winslow
Miami Heat Get: Malik Beasley, Tyler Lydon, 2022 second-round pick
”But landing the defensive small forward while only parting with young backups and a second-rounder would obviously be quite a bit more appealing. Malik Beasley and Tyler Lydon both have plentiful potential, but they’re expendable pieces on a deep Mile High City roster that features multiple talents at each of their natural positions...”
Lest either Beasley or Lydon become an All-Star like Victor Oladipo, Miami already has a surplus of good, but not great players.
Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat
Miami Heat Get: Matthew Dellavedova, John Henson, Tyler Zeller, 2019 second-round pick (via Denver Nuggets)
Milwaukee Bucks Get: Hassan Whiteside
”The Heat may well be planning to run it back, but trading their big-name big man would allow them to get useful pieces from a center-hungry organization (the Milwaukee Bucks would presumably love to pair Whiteside with Brook Lopez in an offense-defense combination) while clearing up space for the more beneficial incumbents and getting their hands on a second-round pick.”
Until Pat Riley morphs into an executive who loves second-round picks and average talents, I can’t fathom him going from recruiting Kevin Durant to trading for John Henson and the like.
Currently the Heat seem more interested in having a healthy team for the 2018-19 season, and getting out of the luxury tax predicament, rather than making trades just because they can.
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