NBA Trade Rumors: The Miami Heat seems to be exploring the idea of making a big move ahead of NBA Trade Deadline.
At the midway point of the regular season, the Miami Heat has been solid. They haven't been great, nor have they been a disappointment. In fact, considering where they were at this point in the season last year, they'd take a 24-18 first half of the season.
The question is whether this team will be positioned in a way to make a run in the second half of the season heading into the playoffs. Right now, without the Heat making a sizable move at the NBA Trade Deadline, it's hard to envision that.
With how talented the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks are on paper, it's hard to see how the Heat is able to keep pace with either of those two teams in a seven-game series. The Heat likely knows this. Knowing this, according to a recent report, the Heat is attempting to improve the roster ahead of the trade deadline.
Who have the Miami Heat been linked to?
With roughly three weeks remaining before the February 8 NBA Trade Deadline, the Heat has been linked to several players. In the last few weeks, we've heard the likes of Tyus Jones, Terry Rozier, Dejounte Murray, Kelly Olynyk, and others linked to the Heat. As you would expect, there are both small and bigger names sprinkled into this list. And there are probably a few more that the Heat has had interest in that haven't been publically spoken about.
But this decision that the Heat has ahead of the trade deadline won't be easy. Not only does the Heat have to figure out whether this is the right time to make a move, they have to decide how many assets they're willing to part ways with, and how all-in they should be on this season with how generational the Celtics have looked atop the Eastern Conference.
Ultimately, the Heat could be risking emptying out their assets for a player that may or may not be enough to put them ahead of the likes of the Celtics and Bucks in the East. Then again, while there is a clear risk, you have to wonder if not now, then when for the Heat.
Jimmy is 34 years old and may have 1-2 years at best of prime left. If Miami is genuinely interested in winning in the Jimmy championship window, now is the time to strike. Whether the Heat is able to find a path forward to improve the roster remains to be seen. Their next test will be at next month's NBA Trade Deadline. From all indications, they're trying. Sometimes trying is not enough and a deal just needs to get done. Does Miami agree?