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Howard Beck says Jimmy Butler to Heat ‘doesn’t make much sense’

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The Bleacher Report senior NBA writer sees Miami remaining in the bottom half of the playoff bracket with Butler.

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Marc Stein’s tweet that the Miami Heat are Jimmy Butler’s preferred destination sent some excitement through the veins of many Heat fans.

After Miami failed to sign Kevin Durant in 2016 and Gordon Hayward in 2017, could the Heat entice another star to stay long-term in 2018? Howard Beck, the senior NBA writer for Bleacher Report, isn’t so sure it’s a good idea for Miami.

Beck spoke on the Ain’t Hard to Tell podcast of NetsDaily, the SB Nation site for the Brooklyn Nets. Beck said (starting around the 21:20 mark) that Miami would remain in the bottom half of the playoff bracket after a trade for Butler. He said that the Heat wouldn’t be better than the Milwaukee Bucks, Indiana Pacers or Washington Wizards with Butler (Miami finished ahead of the Bucks and Wizards last year).

Of course, this question depends on who Miami gives up (and gets in return aside from Butler, if the deal has a third team). If the Heat manage to keep Josh Richardson and Bam Adebayo out of that deal, adding Butler could put the Heat in the top half of the Eastern Conference setting. If the Heat are also able to get rid of some of their unsavory contracts, it could position the Heat towards a better future outlook.

The Heat won’t be a championship contender after trading for Butler. But the idea is to get the team to improve and lure another star to Miami.