5 Players the Miami Heat Should Avoid Acquiring This Offseason

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4. DeMar DeRozan

If DeMar DeRozan decides to test the free agency market, the Heat should avoid getting their foot in the DeRozan sweepstakes. DeRozan has been linked to the Heat over the last few seasons as is a known friend of Jimmy Butler. With Pat Riley making availability a point of emphasis in his season-ending press conference, DeRozan would be a great player to have in the regular season due to a combination of offensive output and health – DeRozan has played 74 games or more during the last three seasons and has averaged 25.4 points during that span. 

But even with DeRozan being able to take a good portion of the offensive workload from Bam Adebayo and Butler, I just don't see the fit being as smooth due to the lack of floor spacing. The Heat cannot sign DeRozan outright and would have to execute a sign-and-trade to acquire him. Miami does need an elite scorer, but if a young star becomes available that is more of a threat from the perimeter than DeRozan, I prefer Miami to go in that direction than commit a large part of the salary cap to pair Butler and Adebayo with an older player that might not gel with the roster. – Alex Villasis