3 Trade scenarios that could bring Donovan Mitchell to the Miami Heat

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But that’s not how negotiating works. The Heat would prefer to keep one of the young guys (Jovic or Jaquez) and some of the picks.

They’ll be competing against offers from the Lakers and Nets, so it’s worth taking a look at their best offers and how Miami’s stacks up.

The Lakers can trade two first-round picks and players like Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura, Gabe Vincent and Jarred Vanderbilt. A best LA offer might look something like Reaves, Hachimura, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Cam Reddish and first-round picks in 2029 and 2031.

The Nets have the most draft capital, with six first-round picks, but the least enticing set of players. They likely wouldn’t be willing to trade Mikal Bridges, which leaves Ben Simmons’ $40 million expiring deal, Cam Johnson and Cam Thomas. Brooklyn’s best offer would be a pick-based deal along with Johnson, who makes the most sense with Cleveland’s roster.

Herro and Reaves are likely viewed as similar assets. Ditto for Jovic and Hachimura, although Jovic’s preferable contract and upside might give him an edge. Jaquez is the kind of young player neither Los Angeles or Brooklyn can offer.

Does Cleveland prefer a picks-based package or players who can help make an immediate impact? The Cavs advanced to the second round of the playoffs before getting eliminated by the Boston Celtics. Even without Mitchell, it’s a good team with Darius Garland, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen. Trading for players who fit around that core might be the preferred avenue.