The Miami Heat are in the midst of getting ready for a title run and play its first preseason game Monday night against the Atlanta Hawks. Cole, the backup point guard, figures to get a lot of playing time.
According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports, the Miami Heat have explored trading Cole, or at least seeing what he is worth.
“It hardly seems like the Miami Heat are desperate to make a move after three straight Finals appearances (and back-to-back titles), but word is they’ve explored what backup point guard Norris Cole may bring in return.”
The Sun-Sentinel talked to Cole about the rumor:
“I can’t control that,” Cole said. “The only thing I can do is control what I can control and that’s to make sure I’m in the best shape, make sure I’m ready to perform and make sure when I get out there I show what I can do. Anything else, I can’t control that so I don’t worry my mind about that.”
It isn’t uncommon for general managers to test the market just to see what certain players are worth. I have a feeling that’s all that this is. The Heat, after all, are not desperate to make any moves coming off of two NBA championships.
For Pat Riley and newly-promoted general manager Andy Elisburg are just doing their job. Trying to get a sense of what Cole is worth, as long as the Heat are not actively shopping him, is just good general managing.