5 Trades Heat should make over waiting for Damian Lillard

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3. Pascal Siakam heads to Heat as Raptors rebuild

Will the Raptors trade Siakam this offseason? His name has been in the rumor mill for years, and the two-time All-Star remains elite. Last season, he averaged 24.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.8 assists, and 0.9 steals in 37.4 minutes per game.

The Heat needed more offensive firepower against the Nuggets in the NBA Finals, but Siakam would change that. The 6’9 forward also gives Miami length, athleticism, and versatility to make things difficult on any opponent. Acquiring Siakam would not come cheap, but it could push the Heat over the top.

Herro’s defensive shortcomings would be in Toronto and upgraded to Siakam, who helped the Raptors win a championship in 2019. The Heat could switch everything with Adebayo, Butler, and the 6’9 forward playing down low.

This would be an all-in move for Miami, but Pascal Siakam is that good. He has scored over 20 points per game for four straight years and has averaged over five assists each night in two consecutive. Thaddeus Young gets thrown in to match salaries but gives the Heat a veteran forward to use off the bench.

Is Pascal Siakam a big enough name for the Miami Heat? Could they go after an even bigger fish than the two-time All-Star? The Heat may take a hard look at one of the most talented players in the league.