With the NBA trade deadline in 2 weeks, I figured I’d bring up some of the most plausible and ridiculous trades that have been mentioned over the past couple of weeks. And yes, there is one that involves Dwight Howard coming to Miami.
Chris Kaman of the Hornets- There is no doubt that Kaman would fit perfectly in Miami. He can still play and with a solid 1-4, all Miami needs is a good 5. The Hornets do not want Kaman, but it all depends on what the Heat are willing to give up. They want some young players to build around, so I would assume that Norris Cole would have to be involved in the deal, along with some draft picks and either James Jones or Mike Miller. I would feel absolutely terrible for whoever gets traded from Miami to New Orleans in the middle of this season.
Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns- The Suns say they won’t trade him, but if they get the right deal, they definitely will. There is no way they will let him walk away this offseason without getting anything in return. They’re building for the future, so they would probably ask for some young guys, draft picks, and a vet. The most likely scenario is Norris Cole, Mike Miller (aka their next Dan Majerle), Dexter Pittman and a draft pick for Nash. This is definitely a possibility, but who knows if Phoenix is actually serious about not trading him.
Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic- This may sound crazy, but it is actually possible. He would never want to come to Miami, but it would be a way for Orlando to break up Miami’s Big Three for years to come, considering Dwight probably wouldn’t sign an extension in Miami. Riley would never pull this trade, but it’s just cool thinking about it. Miami would have to give Norris Cole, Mike Miller, and Chris Bosh to the Magic for Howard. Orlando will probably get rid of Jameer Nelson soon, and basically have nothing else to build on besides Ryan Anderson, and who the hell wants to build around Ryan Anderson (no offense, sir). This would probably guarantee Miami a championship this season, but they’d lose Bosh. People underestimate what Bosh does for Miami and it would be detrimental in the long run.
So at the end of the day, what Miami really needs is a reliable big man. It would be very hard for the Heat to pull of any trade without giving up Norris Cole, and I doubt Riley would ever let that happen considering that he traded for him on draft night. Don’t expect Miami to make any move, especially since they’re playing so well already.