NBA Trade Rumors: The Miami Heat could make a bold move for a new starting point guard.
Through the first month of the season, it’s somewhat amazing that the Miami Heat have managed to shake off a disastrous offseason to currently sit as one of the top 4 teams in the Eastern Conference. Winners of eight of their last nine games, the Heat look very much like a team that is going to, once again, factor in how the East is won this season.
However, if the Heat wants to truly compete with some of the more talented teams in the East, they’ll likely have to make a move or two before the NBA Trade Deadline. One big area of need for the Heat has been the point guard position.
Kyle Lowry has been solid at various points this season but continues to be plagued by inconsistency and Father Time is certainly taking a toll on the former All-Star guard. In short, it would make sense for the Heat to solidify their backcourt with another starting-caliber point guard.
According to a recent report, one player who could fit what the Heat is looking for in the position is Tyus Jones. He’s a player that the Heat is keeping an eye on.
Will the Miami Heat pull the trigger before the NBA Trade Deadline?
The big question is whether or not the Heat will end up pulling the trigger on a deal before the deadline. Miami is not foreign to the idea of showing interest in players. But, lately, they’ve had trouble closing deals for difference-making contributors – as we saw this past offseason in the cases of Bradley Beal and Damian Lillard.
But, again, if the Heat is serious about possibly making another deep run in the postseason, they likely have to add to their backcourt. Between Lowry’s inconsistency, Tyler Herro being injury-prone, and Josh Richardson getting off to a somewhat disappointing start, it would certainly be in the Heat’s best interest to add a guard before the trade deadline.
Jones would be an interesting fit for the Heat. He’s proven over the course of his career that he can be a starting-caliber point guard. This season with the Washington Wizards, Jones is averaging 10 points, five assists, and three rebounds per game on 49 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent shooting from 3-point range.
Considering the ask wouldn’t be that high, there’s a good chance that Jones ends up being a strong trade target for the Heat heading into the deadline.