The Miami Heat might be a piece away from title contention, so the upcoming trade deadline brings with it some important decisions. Here are a few players who would boost Miami's chances of competing in the Eastern Conference, and some they should avoid. One of them will surprise you.
Boost: Terry Rozier, Charlotte Hornets
The Rozier option has been covered at length here, here and here. The Miami Heat are believed to be weighing the Rozier option ahead of the trade deadline, especially in the wake of moving Kyle Lowry to the bench. The lineup move was an admission that the Heat need more from the position, and Rozier is having one of the most productive seasons of his career.
Averaging 23.2 points and 6.6 assists while shooting 45.9% overall, Rozier would provide an immediate boost to Miami’s 20th-rated offense. His ability to get to the rim would open things up for Miami’s 3-point shooters. Defensively, he’s capable of fighting over screens as a point-of-attack defender, and the coaching staff would be responsible for coaxing more out of him.
Rozier also has some playoff experience from his days in Boston, when he helped the Celtics reach the Eastern Conference finals in 2018.