3 Big-name players the Heat should NOT trade for

Zach LaVine's name has been mentioned as a potential target for the Miami Heat, but the organization shouldn't trade for him, or these other big names that could be on the move.

Apr 12, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) and forward DeMar DeRozan
Apr 12, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine (8) and forward DeMar DeRozan / John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
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3. DeMar DeRozan

Nov 20, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) brings the ball up
Nov 20, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan (11) brings the ball up / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

In addition to LaVine, DeMar DeRozan could be attainable should the Bulls hold what seems to be an inevitable fire sale at the deadline.

DeRozan, unlike the previous names, is actually having a decent-to-good season despite the numbers decreasing a bit at his age of 34. While it's been a bit of a slower start for him, he's actually been shooting the three-ball more often and is making them at a 38 percent clip.

He's a great player that teams might be able to get at a bargain price since he's older and is on an expiring contract. It could be worth the risk if the assets are minimal, as he could help pursue a championship coming off the second unit. Unfortunately, that's the best case for a DeRozan-Heat fit.

DeRozan is a starting-caliber player and though he plays to win, coming off the bench for the Heat would be highly unlikely. If the fit doesn't work, the Heat might give up a usable asset for a player who can easily walk and not re-sign. The fit with Miami's best players is also iffy. Even though DeRozan seems to be shooting the three-ball better, spacing-wise, it's still not the best fit for the team that employs Butler and Adebayo.

The cons to trading for DeRozan outweigh the pros, and so if he does become available at some point, the Heat should respectfully look away and let someone else snag him.

The Heat are clicking early on and it would be foolish to make a trade for a big name and shake things up now. If the right fit comes along, that's understandable, but these players who are and could end up on the trading block should not be looked at seriously.

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