3 Reasons why Lauri Markkanen is the perfect Heat trade target

The Miami Heat have reportedly registered interest in Lauri Markkanen, and although there are challenges to acquire him, he would be the most ideal fit in Miami’s frontcourt.
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Although the Heat have exceeded expectations during this Jimmy Butler era, something that has been a factor in playoff losses has been size. There was the Anthony Davis/Dwight Howard combination in 2020, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brook Lopez in 2021 and Nikola Jokic dominance in 2023. Not to mention the once Robert Williams and now Kristaps Porzingis alongside Al Horford frontcourt with the Boston Celtics in 2022 and this past season.

Bam Adebayo has played the center position very well for Miami over the years, but there is no secret that he is undersized for the position against his peers. Adebayo is listed at 6-foot-9 and even 20-year Heat veteran Udonis Haslem mentioned he could unlock more potential as a natural power forward. Markkanen can make that possible, while putting less pressure on newly drafted 7-footer Kel’el Ware.

Markkanen’s 7-foot length and frame would bring an impactful and proven presence in the Heat’s frontcourt. It could also allow Ware to develop more naturally. His rim protection and shot blocking abilities would provide an element to Miami's big man depth that they haven't had since arguably Hassan Whiteside. Adebayo is known much more for his defensive versality againsts both bigs and on the perimeter.

When it comes to the postseason, this time around the Heat would have a serious counter to go up against that Porzingis/Horford pairing.