Dwight Howard didn’t get traded to Miami. Greg Oden probably isn’t going to play in 2012-13. Mehmet Okur appears destined to return to his native Turkey. And the Heat passed up the chance to wait out Samuel Dalembert.
The Heat still needs a center.
In the future lottery-protected first round pick acquired from Philadelphia, the Heat has an asset with which to try to address the issue in trade. The problem is that it’s the Heat’s only significant trade asset. The team can’t offer a first round pick of its own until 2017 at the earliest. And its second round picks are just about worthless.
The biggest issue, however, is that any potential trade requires the Heat to trade away matching contracts. And the contracts of thirtysomethings Mike Miller, Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony – the team’s most likely trade candidates, players the Heat should be overjoyed to move free of charge simply for tax purposes – are all toxic; each likely holding negative trade value. Any value the Philly pick would have to a trade partner would be more than offset by the toxic Heat contract it would be required to take on for salary matching purposes. Why, then, would any trade partner offer anything of value in return?
A trade simply isn’t very likely.
And that means that if small-ball doesn’t work, the Heat will find itself in a bind.
Haslem is not ideally suited to play alongside Chris Bosh on the front line. Anthony’s limited offensive repertoire and lack of rebounding prowess create as many problems as his presence on defense solves.
Chris “Birdman” Andersen would make a wonderful addition to the Heat rotation as a shot-blocker, two-way rebounder and finisher at the rim, but he likely can’t shoulder the load of starter’s minutes. He’s a tremendous injection of energy from off the bench, but he plays himself to the point of fatigue. He is best in short bursts.
It’s time for the Heat to get a little creative. It’s time to take a risk.
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