The Heat have been linked to plenty of names, but none stronger than Kyle Lowry, Victor Oladipo and LaMarcus Aldridge.
At this point, it seems as though LMA remains a buyout option for Miami. But multiple people around the league believer Miami will end up with him.
More than one league source has said they believe the Heat will end up with Lowry and Aldridge OR Oladipo and Aldridge (Oladio reported today by Woj).— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) March 23, 2021
Just a growing sense among teams not involved directly in those talks.
For the Heat to acquire either of these players, they will have to send out multiple pieces to make salaries work. Oladipo and Lowry make their fair share of money and the Heat’s assets are not making a lot of money. Precious Achiuwa, Duncan Robinson, and Kendrick Nunn are valuable trade pieces and they would be what these teams want in return, but Miami would also need to send salaries like Kelly Olynyk and/or Andre Iguodala to make it all possible.
ESPN Sources: Heat and Knicks - w/ summer cap space - are reluctant to offer premium packages for Victor Oladipo, but market’s developed of capped-out teams bidding w/ young player/first-round pick combos. One thing’s become clear: Houston’s likely moving Oladipo before deadline.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 23, 2021
At that point, you are talking about shaking up several key contributors and returning one main piece. Does the Heat think they can supplement that loss with a buyout of Aldridge or maybe bring on DeMarcus Cousins? There’s also a belief that JJ Redick will be bought out in New Orleans or that Wayne Ellington could be available in Detroit.
There’s a lot to consider. But one thing that seems to be growing around the NBA is that Miami is ready to make a deal and they know what they will have to give up. It’s going to be about timing and seeing if their offer is the best offer for one of these teams to let go of while they rebuild.
The Heat would likely try to utilize a third team to move around assets to make it a more well-rounded trade, and that takes time.
At 22-21, the Heat are more poised to make a deal to compete during Jimmy Butler’s prime years rather than hold on to young assets for the future.
What would you like to see the Heat do before the deadline?