From a Finals runner-up inside the Orlando bubble to a first-round sweep courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks, things went south quickly for the Miami Heat in the 2020-2021 season.
To be fair, Miami’s key players getting injured hurt the team for most of the season. Then, fans got disappointed with the sudden drop of the performances of Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro. These circumstances led pundits to believe that the Heat of Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are heading for a major overhaul this offseason.
Butler, Adebayo, Porzingis= Another Big Three(?)
The last time the Miami Heat had a Big Three, they went to the NBA Finals on four consecutive years. They won back-to-back championships in 2012 and 2013 with that Big Three.
There’s a reason pundits see the Heat try to build another Big Three: They have enough assets to trade for a third star next to Butler and Adebayo.
Among the big fishes whom the Heat could trade for is Kristaps Porzingis of the Dallas Mavericks.
Playing alongside Luka Doncic, Porzingis averaged 21 points and eight rebounds in career-low 43 regular-season games last season. Those numbers dropped to 13 points and five rebounds during the first round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers. Many fans also criticized Porzingis for spending too much time on the perimeter.
Adding Porzingis into the lineup that has Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo could work wonders for the Heat. At 25, Porzingis is still in his prime and could provide additional firepower. He is shooting 36% from the three-point line for his career- an acceptable percentage for his position.
Miami could include veterans Goran Dragic and Andre Iguodala plus draft compensations into the package for Porzingis. The Mavs would make it hard for any team to trade for Porzingis despite the disappointment. Still, a Miami package involving Dragic and Iguodala wouldn’t be that bad either.
Then again, that’s only one of the many trades the Heat could make.
Free Agency Decisions
The Heat also has options in the upcoming free agency. Aside from hoping that Duncan Robinson would remain, reloading the roster with quality players would be the priority for President Pat Riley.
Who Miami would sign depends on who would become free agents and who would fit into the team.
When Kelly Olynyk got traded, nobody replaced him or his production as the starting power forward. The Heat would also need a backup center.
Miami is looking to have a busy offseason. Any move they make would affect the future of the team.