Predicting the Heat's perfect starting lineup after ideal offseason

If Miami ends up pulling off a perfect offseason, this is what their starting lineup could look like come opening night.
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Shooting guard: Donovan Mitchell

The position with the most uncertainty headed into next season for the Heat is the two-guard. Erik Spoelstra was running with everyone from Duncan Robinson to Haywood Highsmith and Patty Mills as the starting shooting guard this past season, and bringing in more perimeter scorers should be a priority for management this summer.

Of course, the biggest name on the trade market at the moment is Donovan Mitchell. It goes without saying that he remains one of the top shooting guards in the association, right alongside guys like Anthony Edwards and Devin Booker. Over the past two seasons in Cleveland, Donovan has earned two All-Star selections, an All-NBA second team nod, and finished in the top six in MVP voting.

His ability to take over and dominate a game was on full display during the 2024 playoffs, with his 50-point masterclass on 61% shooting in Game 6 of the first round being the loudest example. The Heat have a Defensive Player of the Year caliber player in their frontcourt, and an All-NBA type talent on the wing. What could really take them over the top is adding another star-level guy on the perimeter.

If Mitchell is in a Heat uniform on opening night, it will represent Miami's absolute best-case scenario.