The Miami Heat are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference standings with an 15-6 record and it seems that they’re just going to get better. The team is thriving under the leadership of All-Star forward Jimmy Butler, but general manager Pat Riley has made it clear that they could make moves to improve the roster.
According to reports, the Heat could go after either DeMar DeRozan and/or LaMarcus Aldridge of the San Antonio Spurs, per Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald.
When ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins suggested this week that the struggling San Antonio Spurs should consider trading LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, the Heat immediately came to mind, not only because Pat Riley said this week that he’s open to making a move if it’s the right one, but also because Riley has long admired both players and, most importantly, because neither has a contract that extends beyond the key summer of 2021.
Justise Winslow, Dion Waiters & Kelly Olynyk (or Meyers Leonard) for LaMarcus Aldridge or DeMar DeRozan
In this scenario, the salaries match up, but there are some issues. For one, the Spurs wouldn’t want anything to do with Dion Waiters. He has had several character issues that have caused team problems and led to suspensions, including one earlier this month after he allegedly overdosed on “special” gummies on a team flight. Somehow, I don’t see his antics going over well with Gregg Popovich.
A western conference executive said Toronto is a good landing spot for DeMar DeRozan ?
“It sounds crazy, but Toronto actually makes a lot of sense as a landing spot for DeRozan…it would probably have to be a 1st-round pick + Ibaka or Gasol.”
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) November 27, 2019