The NBA trade deadline is only a couple of days away and the Miami Heat still have some big decisions to make.
Losers of most of their games since the turn of the calendar, the Heat have to balance their ambitions to climb in the Eastern Conference standings with their cap situation for this season and next.
Having already made a major trade this season by acquiring Terry Rozier from the Charlotte Hornets for Kyle Lowry and a future first-round pick, the Heat still have options to make changes to the roster.
There are a number of players the Miami Heat could target before Thursday's trade deadline, but some are more risky than others.
No. 1 would be using Caleb Martin, who is likely to test free agency this summer, to find a long-term piece that fits with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo. Beyond Martin, there has been plenty of noise around Tyler Herro in the past, but the Heat have been reluctant to trade him for anything short of an All-NBA caliber player. Duncan Robinson, Miami’s other big contract, has returned to good graces in Miami and appears unlikely to be moved.
If the Heat do make a move, it’s unlikely to be for a player of Rozier’s caliber. But fringe moves to rebalance the roster and position against the salary cap could still help the Heat navigate their final playoff push.
Doing nothing may frustrate fans who want more than Miami’s middling record and current play-in tournament position in the standings, but Miami can’t make a move just to satisfy an impatient fanbase.
Here are three Heat trade targets from a no-brainer to a potential disaster for the franchise: