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Heat complete four-team trade to acquire Jimmy Butler, will send 1st round pick, Harkless to Clippers

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Heat sends out a protected first round pick and the recently acquired Harkless to complete mega trade.

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The Los Angeles Clippers grabbed another first round pick from the Miami Heat and picked up the recently acquired Maurice Harkless to help complete the Jimmy Butler four-team blockbuster trade along with the Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Heat will sign Jimmy Butler to a four-year, $142 million max contract, send Josh Richardson to Philadelphia and Hassan Whiteside to the Trail Blazers as well as a protected 2023 first-round pick and Maurice Harkless to the Clippers, league sources told ESPN. Miami acquired Harkless and center Meyers Leonard from Portland.

Harkless is playing on an $11 million expiring contract. The first round pick being sent to the Clippers is lottery protected, who also own the Heat’s unprotected 2021 first round pick that was originally sent to the Phoenix Suns in the Goran Dragic 2015 deal.

Essentially, the Heat traded Richardson, Whiteside, Harkless and a future first round pick for Butler and Leonard. Miami will need to still either trim their roster salary with further moves or consider waiving and stretching Ryan Anderson over the next three years.

Miami still retains Goran Dragic, Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones Jr. after the trade because of the Clippers’ involvement. Dragic remains the team’s only true point guard and will play on an expiring contract.

For the moment the Heat have a potential starting five of Goran Dragic, Dion Waiters, Jimmy Butler, James Johnson/Kelly Olynyk, and Bam Adebayo at the five. Justise Winslow could slot in nicely as a sixth man or join the starting five and replace Waiters (or Dragic), with Meyers Leonard backing up Adebayo. Tyler Herro and Derrick Jones Jr. will add athleticism and shooting off the bench as well. Rookie KZ Okpala joins a developmental core with Duncan Robinson, Yante Maten, and Kendrick Nunn. Udonis Haslem has yet to decide whether he’s returning to the Heat or retire.