With Dwyane Wade playing on and off for the duration of the season, it has been reported that the Miami Heat are looking to acquire some depth in the backcourt via trade.
The New York Daily News is reporting that the Heat may look to the Boston Celtics for some help.
Miami is looking to deal for a young wing player who can score and take some of the load off Dwyane Wade. A few GMs have identified Boston’s Jordan Crawford as a player the Heat will go after in the coming days/weeks.
Crawford is a heat-check guy but a very capable scorer. He can handle the ball, facilitate and create his own shots. He is having the best season of his career, averaging 13.7 points per game with 5.5. assists on 44.5 percent shooting and 37.5 percent from three.
The question is, do the Heat have enough to convince Boston to trade him? The Heat are surely dangling Joel Anthony. But that clearly won’t be enough. Miami has a top-14-protected pick from the Philadelphia 76ers for 2014 or 2015. If the 76ers haven’t conveyed that pick by 2015, it becomes two second-round picks in 2015 and 2016. (Via RealGM.com)
Would Pat Riley be willing to throw in Norris Cole (who signed an extension before the season) or Mario Chalmers? And even then, would Boston do it? Does tankalicious Boston want to part with Crawford, or does coach Brad Stevens see him as a part of the team’s future?
That said, if he really wants to make it happen, I wouldn’t doubt Riley to pull it off. Somehow.