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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3. Alex Caruso

Alex Caruso
Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls / Jamie Sabau/GettyImages

Perhaps the dream scenario for the Heat is if the Bulls were to make Alex Caruso available in a trade. Though he’s mentioned by almost every fanbase as an ideal fit, there’s no indication that the Bulls are ready to trade him, particularly now that they’ve climbed back into the playoff race in the East.

But part of Chicago’s run has been the emergency of Coby White and Ayo Dosunmu as a legitimate backcourt. If the Bulls were to eventually find a landing spot for Zach LaVine (is that “California Love” I hear playing in the distance?), would they at least scan the market for Caruso to see if they could sell high?

Considering how many teams would place a call for Caruso, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that he could fetch Chicago two first-round picks. Would the Bulls settle for one first-round pick and Nikola Jovic? Does Caleb Martin or Haywood Highsmith move the needle for them? In a bidding war, the Heat could be out-manned.

A backup plan: Memphis wing John Konchar. He’s a very good defender who does a lot of the little things well. He cuts and plays hard, but is only a streaky 3-point shooter (32.7% this season).

I also thought about including Dejounte Murray on this list, but he would cost Miami valuable draft picks that the organization might prefer to use for a legit star player – something Murray is not.

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