3 Offense-saving scorers the Heat can poach from conference rivals

The Miami Heat lacked consistent scoring talent all season long. Who are some bucket-getters Pat Riley can snag from East rivals?
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Trae Young

After another disappointing season for the Atlanta Hawks, many people expect them to trade one or both of Trae Young and Dejounte Murray.

Young fits more of what this Heat team needs
with his elite scoring ability, coming off a season averaging 25.7 points and a career-high 10.8 assists on 43% shooting. He is a three-time NBA All-Star and led the Hawks to the Eastern Conference finals in 2021.

At 25, Young fits both Butler and Bam Adebayo’s career timelines. Adding a star of his caliber to the Miami core will immediately put them back in contending status. When Butler slows down, the Heat can move forward by building around the two-man game of Young and Adebayo.

There is no questioning that a scorer of his caliber could be a needle-mover for the Heat. Depending on what the market looks for Young’s services and/or if Atlanta makes him available, the Heat do have attractive young pieces and picks to get a deal done. This is one of the best pick-and-roll facilitators in the game, and that combination with Adebayo along with Young’s scoring talent can bring some scary hours to South Florida.

Bringing in another point guard could also put Terry Rozier in a sixth-man position if he stays around; a role that he could excel in and make the team even deeper.