Ranking 3 Miami Heat trade deadline targets from no-brainer to potential disaster

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2. For the right price: Trey Lyles

Trey Lyles
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There aren’t many players who are at least 6-foot-9 and shoot 40% from 3-point range, but that’s Trey Lyles.

The Sacramento Kings’ backup power forward is a valuable part of Mike Brown’s rotation, but the Kings are expected to explore avenues of improving their 17th-ranked defense. Swapping the offensive-minded Lyles for a defensive-leaning player is one way to do that.

Enter Caleb Martin, who emerged as one of Miami’s most versatile defenders over the last couple of seasons. Martin would be a clean fit in Sacramento, where he could come off the bench behind either Keegan Murray or Harrison Barnes and provide some defensive oomph while also being able to run the floor and keep pace with a De’Aaron Fox-led offense.

Swapping Martin for Lyles would be a downgrade in talent but would help balance the roster and give Erik Spoelstra a legitimate power forward who can stretch the floor around Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler.

Lyles isn’t as strong a defender as Highsmith and is just an OK rebounder, but he’s tough, would fit into a gritty locker room and could help juice Miami’s 23rd-ranked offense.