Would the Miami Heat consider trading a piece of their core for a higher pick?

Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow Miami Heat(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Bam Adebayo, Kelly Olynyk, Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow Miami Heat(Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Miami Heat are firmly slated to pick at number 13 in the forthcoming  NBA Draft. Would they ever trade a current young player to move up?

When thinking about the NBA Draft in particular, usually there is only one or two can’t miss prospects available based on what those in the know are usually saying. While this is the case, there is also a good chance to find a future NBA All-Star with picks 1-10. What does all this say about the Miami Heat though, who pick at 13?

While they are still above the lottery cutoff, one pick prior to be specific, there is usually a good chance to find a quality player anywhere within the first 14 picks of the draft. Although the chances are supposed to drastically reduce as you get closer to 15, there is still a slight chance. With that in mind though, would the Miami Heat ever make a move up to possibly increase their chances of landing an impact player?

While they would perhaps entertain such a notion, the real question is one that asks if they would ever think about moving one of their younger core players as apart of said package to move up. The answer here isn’t that complex, as it should be a resounding no.

One of the hot topics around Miami Heat fan land is of course draft positioning. Whether the Miami Heat should try to move down while securing more picks in the process or whether they should try to move up, which would inevitably mean giving up an asset. In the scenario’s painted to illustrate moving up, a ton of them involve the attachment of a current player to make the deal happen.

Should they or would they ever consider moving Josh Richardson, Bam Adebayo, or Justise Winslow in order to move up from the 13th pick? The answer here should be and probably is always no.

Miami Heat Team President Pat Riley seems to be a man of great principle, where one of those principles is built on his disdain of the draft. While he has capitalized on it in the past, he has also expressed the displeasure of having to bet on a player that may or may not pan out. While he had to have had success at some points, drafting Dwyane Wade of course and with the whole point of this piece being players he has drafted in the past, he isn’t the biggest fan of the process at all.

Riley seems to be that executive and decision maker that values certainty and ready-made over possible potential and ceilings. That is why he would never do such a thing as trade a young core player.

When thinking about Richardson, he is one of the best two-way players in the entire NBA. Although he had a down season on the offensive side of the ball this past season, he is a proven defender, a very capable shooter, and someone who is still growing as a player on both sides of the ball. Even at his age, this is the case because he came into the league as a fairly inexperienced guy as it relates to his current role for the Heat.

When it comes to Justise Winslow, he is not only an awesome and gritty defender, but he is a versatile player who can do a lot for this Miami Heat team. That is no more evident than this past season, where Winslow was the de facto point guard of the Heat for a lot of the season.

Bam Adebayo is still oozing with potential. Not only is he an athletic freak when it comes to his leaping and agility for a man his size, but he is also especially gifted when it comes to shot-blocking and instincts on the defensive side of the ball.

With the above facts in mind, and to remind everyone, the answer is no. The Miami Heat should and would never consider moving a member of their current core for the chance to draft a player that may or may not work out. That isn’t the best thing for this franchise at the current moment or for the future, as they have built a culture of hard work and trust among this core and roster.

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Besides, that just isn’t Riles’ thing anyway.