5 Trade deadline targets the Heat can save from losing teams

There are several good players on losing teams that could help the Miami Heat make their final playoff push after the NBA trade deadline.

Charlotte Hornets v Miami Heat
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P.J. Washington

P.J. Washington
Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Hornets / David Jensen/GettyImages

The Charlotte Hornets are 10-39 and destined for the lottery. P.J. Washington might be the only bright spot of the season as he puts up career numbers (13.8 points on 45.2% shooting, 5.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists) on a bad team. He's reportedly one of the most sought-after players ahead of the trade deadline.

The Heat have been searching for a long-term answer at power forward, and Washington could be just that. A forward who can stretch the floor and make an impact with the ball in his hands, Washington could be better on defense if brought into the right environment. Miami needs a younger guy like Washington on their roster, who can be your starting power forward for the next few years.

The issue here is the cost. The Heat have only one future first-round pick and a second-round pick available to trade. Unless the Heat are willing to trade Duncan Robinson or Tyler Herro for Washington (and they probably shouldn't be) then it's unlikely Washington finds his way to Miami.

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