7 Jimmy Butler trade ideas for the Heat that are crazy enough to work

The Miami Heat would never trade Jimmy Butler before the trade deadline... but what if they did?

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2. Three-way deal

Luka Doncic, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving
Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat / Megan Briggs/GettyImages

Miami gets: D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Gabe Vincent, 2028 first-round pick
Dallas gets: Jimmy Butler
Los Angeles gets: Kyrie Irving

With the Mavericks playing well, this one might be more of a summertime move. But Dallas knows it has to maximize every Luka Doncic season and if things don’t work out this season could look to shake things up. Butler checks a lot of boxes in terms of a clear No. 2 on the wing who can boost the defense. The Lakers have flirted with reuniting Kyrie Irving with LeBron James in the past, but the Heat have not shown interest in Irving when he’s been available. So a three-way deal might make the most sense.

The Heat end up with D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reaves, Gabe Vincent (coming back) and a future first-round pick. This is a move that would precede another move. The Heat might look to move one of Russell or Reaves for forward help, but this is a start when it comes to replenishing their assets.