The Miami Heat traded Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Dion Waiters away in a three-team trade with the Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves and received back Andre Iguodala, Jae Crowder and Solomon Hill.
A few of your HHH writers discuss and grade the trade here...
Surya Fernandez, HHH Manager
The more I process the trade the more I like it. It fixes past mistakes and improves the roster immediately with players that can be plugged in right away and contribute. None of the three outgoing players had anything to do with the Heat’s surprisingly swift rebound this season and Justise’s injury concerns were getting too problematic for such a young player. Dion was a complete disaster and a distraction with his antics while JJ was never the same after signing his last contract and looked out of sorts trying to do too much when he did get minutes. The fact that those contracts are no longer the Heat’s problem once again proves that Pat and Andy can move anyone and they didn’t have to give up any promising young player in their rotation or draft picks. The new players will add depth and Andre brings in a wealth of veteran expertise and championship pedigree as a mentor for the young guys and he will be able to guard multiple positions that can give players like Butler or Robinson a rest on the defensive end. Crowder and Hill can surely provide quality minutes when called upon whenever necessary.
Most crucially, the trade will bolster Miami’s chances of landing another marquee free agent in the future with an eye towards either next summer or the following year. There is a lot of talk about Giannis and other stars whose contracts end in 2021 but anything can happen until then. There could be a similar Jimmy Butler situation in which a disgruntled star player could potentially make his way to Miami that we don’t even have a clue about at this time. What’s clear right now is that this team has a solid combination of veterans and a young nucleus that will only improve as time goes on. That should be more than enough to convince a star to want to come and this trade gives the front office the opportunity to pounce when the time is right.
Trade Grade: B+
Brandon DiPerno, HHH Senior Writer
I feel a bit conflicted about this trade, Justise is only 23 and I was hoping to see him grow int he Heat system, but it’s obvious that Pat is all in for ‘21 and ready to compete now. I was also always a big James Johnson fan and was impressed by his limited minutes this season. With that being said, I thought Miami got an impressive haul for who they sent out. Crowder, Hill, and Iguodala are all solid players and should have a spot in the Heat rotation whereas JJ, Justise (because of injury) and Dion really did not.
From a defensive perspective, this makes a lot of sense, and Miami will get some passing and shooting out of this deal too. Crowder isn’t far removed from his impressive season in Boston and currently ranks in the 77th percentile for assist percentage and in the 81st for defensive rebounding. The fact that he can also shoot from beyond the arc is helpful, but hopefully, his numbers can improve with better looks in Miami (29% this season). Iguodala has a lot of miles, but his veteran presence and championship experience bring a lot of advantages that can’t be categorized on the stat sheet. Still, he’s rested and should give Miami quality minutes. I’m not overly familiar with Solomon Hill, but stats indicate he’s having a decent season with 5.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 18 minutes per game. The 30-11 season was a long time ago and only Goran (and Haslem) remains to tell those tales.
Trade Grade: B
Michael Kawaida, HHH Contributing Writer
There are a bunch of moving parts to asses in this trade but the story is clear. The Heat get rid of two malcontents in James Johnson and Dion Waiters, gaining back a veteran with championship moxy and great locker room presence in Andre Iguodala - this while technically not consolidating talent as many thought they would need to.
Yes, Miami parts ways with Justise Winslow who at times showed promise but was in totality never quite on pace to be what Heat nation wanted him to be. Yet and still I believe Winslow ends up in a good situation with the Grizzlies. Winslow’s departure is a tough pill to swallow but also a reality check. This trade tells me that Riley believes the time is now to make a run at the Finals. Jae Crowder is a hard-nosed defender who can knock down the set three on occasion. More importantly he fits right into the Heat culture. The fact Miami essentially got him for free is a thick coat of icing on deal I would’ve taken regardless. Some heads turned when the details revealed Andre would be signing an extension with the Heat (with a team option in the 2nd year) but given the move allowed them to dump around $28M in salary, I like the dice roll.
Miami gives up three players who weighed heavy on the pay roll but not the minutes log. Through half the season the trio have missed a ton of games for various reasons. Everybody wins in this trade. The Heat lower their tax bill, add championship experience and sends a message to the rest of the Eastern conference. And while Andre isn’t the most glamorous of names rumored to join the Heat, he could very well be the puzzle piece that completes a team who at times feels one piece away.
Trade Grade: B+
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