Dec 3, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (right) looks on from the bench during the second half against the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat In Trade Talks With Dwyane Wade Out

The Miami Heat are looking to add some depth in its backcourt as Dwyane Wade continues to rest his knees, and have started talking to teams about trades, according to an ESPN.com report.

With Dwyane Wade missing numerous games as he manages knee issues, the Miami Heat have recently started trade talks looking for backcourt help, multiple league sources told ESPN.

Coach Erik Spoelstra and Wade have taken a cautious approach to maintaining the health in Wade’s knees, but the team has struggles to find an apt replacement when he is sitting out. In a loss to the Chicago Bulls, Ray Allen started in his place. The team has also tried Norris Cole and Roger Mason Jr. at shooting guard. Spoelstra has played the combination of Cole and Mario Chalmers in the backcourt often this season, which can be effective in short stints but lacks overall consistency.

Miami has much more depth in the front court, especially with the emergence of Michael Beasley. Beasley may not be tradeable, even with his recent resurgence which has as much to do with the Heat locker room as Beasley himself. The Heat have been looking to trade center Joel Anthony, who has taken a seat on the bench since the arrival of Chris Andersen in MIami. However Anthony has a $3,5 million a year contract that is difficult to move.

The team also has an asset in James Ennis, who is playing overseas and has impressed so far with the NBL’s Perth (Australia) Wildcats.

It is unclear if the Heat are looking to add a long or short-term option. However, I doubt the Heat would look to add another aging player, given that the issue is they are trying to fix is an aging player.

 

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