5 Moves Heat should make if Damian Lillard trade falls through

Miami Heat, Damian Lillard.(Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports)
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1. Trade for Siakam

Pascal Siakam is entering the final year of his contract and wants to stay in Toronto, but there have been more trade rumors than extension rumblings thus far. If the Raptors decide he is not part of their long-term plans, they should explore the trade market before the deadline.

The Heat could have an elite defensive frontcourt by adding Siakam. Bam Adebayo can be the rim protector and last line of defense as Siakam defends any player on the floor. Miami would be more switchable on defense and a difficult team for even the best offenses to solve.

Siakam is also an elite scorer and playmaker for a big man. He would give the Heat more firepower and solve their playmaking woes, despite not being a traditional point guard. Miami would be one of the most versatile teams in the league and a matchup nightmare.

This deal likely hinges on Pascal Siakam committing to stay in South Beach long-term after the trade. He desires to remain in Toronto, but if the Raptors do not want him back, the 6’9 forward should be searching for a new long-term home. Playing in Miami next to Bam and Jimmy Buckets could be quite appealing and should make the Heat annual title contenders.

Will the Miami Heat swing a deal for Damian Lillard? If not, what is their next move? Plenty of talent is available, but who does Pat Riley target? Stay tuned to find out.