3 Trade candidates the Heat can target to fix biggest defensive issue

Do the Miami Heat need to address their man-to-man defense with a trade before the deadline?

Nov 28, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso (6) looks for a call
Nov 28, 2023; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Chicago Bulls guard Alex Caruso (6) looks for a call / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Quentin Grimes

James Harden, Quentin Grimes
Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks / Rich Schultz/GettyImages

Another player marginalized by his current team’s rotation is Knicks guard Quentin Grimes. 

Grimes is reportedly frustrated by his role on the Knicks and both parties could seek a fresh start before February. Grimes is a long, earnest defender on the perimeter who could be useful in Miami.

It’s unclear what, exactly, the Knicks are looking for. Following last week’s trade for OG Anunoby, however, it’s obvious they are interested in players who raise their ceiling in the near term.

The Heat don’t have a great fit for that, but it might be worth calling the Knicks and asking them about their interest in Nikola Jovic or Orlando Robinson. The Heat could send them a 2028 or 2030 first, but Grimes is not the player for whom the Heat should trade a future first.