The Miami Heat know Dwyane Wade’s health is going to either make or break them come April. However, they can do something right now that can help their chances of keeping Wade fresh by the time the Playoffs come around.
It won’t be easy — more likely down right impossible — but I guess if it’s being talked about, it has to be a “possibility”. That possibility would be the rumor that’s swirling around that the Heat are interested in trading for Boston Celtics‘ guard Jordan Crawford.
According to Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News, they happen to be interested in the 25-year-old — which kind of makes sense.
Miami is looking to deal for a young wing player who can score and take some of the load off Dwyane Wade. A few GMs have identified Boston’s Jordan Crawford as a player the Heat will go after in the coming days/weeks.
The Heat are lacking that scoring threat, when LeBron James and Wade are both off the court. Many questioned the Heat’s decision to not go after Nate Robinson this past offseason, and right now it looks like those people were right. Especially with Wade missing some time, here and there, it would be in the best interest of the Miami Heat to look around for a similar type player — basically a guard that could score when called upon or needed. Thus the interest in Crawford.
Crawford is set to become a restricted free agent next summer and would likely be out-bid by another team, if in fact the Heat would actually find a way to trade for him. He’d essentially become a rental, which makes sense for the Heat. It works. But then comes the question of whether or not the Celtics would “dance with the devil”?
I’m not saying Crawford is off the table, but why would Boston want to help the Heat? Let’s be honest, Miami doesn’t exactly have “great” pieces to put together a solid offer together that would entice the C’s THAT much. But does that discredit a trade from happening? Not at all. If the Celtics want to move Crawford, why can’t it be with Miami?
I really don’t know. We’ll just have to play the wait and see game with this one.
Crawford has averaged 13.7 points, 5.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game this season.