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Heat NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Trade Options for the Miami Heat in 2022

The Heat finished just one game – one minute – away from the NBA Finals last season. Through trades, they can find their way back for another chance to make the NBA Finals. Kade Kimble checks in to see how they can get that done.
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Heat NBA Trade Rumors: 5 Trade Options for the Miami Heat in 2022

The Heat finished last season just one game – one minute for that matter – away from the NBA finals. Through trades, they can find their way back for another chance to make the NBA Finals. Let’s check in to see how they can get that done.

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5. Kevin Durant

Possibly their most unrealistic option, but also potentially the biggest move to be made through trade in quite some time. For me, Durant to Miami would lock them in as favorites to make and win the NBA Finals next season. It would cost quite a haul – potentially five first-rounders, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and Kyle Lowry. That expensive price would be well worth a talent to the level of Kevin Durant, who elevates the Heat to potential Finals favorites. A trio of Durant, Adebayo, and Butler would be one of the best trios in the league. 

4. Danilo Gallinari

The Heat have been interested in Gallo for quite some time now, dating back to the 2020 NBA Trade Deadline. They now have potential to make the trade for the forward, as PJ Tucker may leave the organization to head to the Philadelphia 76ers. Gallo would cost a player like Duncan Robinson, who matches salaries with Gallo. The fit is there and Robinson currently isn’t in the Heat’s rotation, so both teams win the trade. Of all the trades, this might be one of the most even, as Robinson fits the identity in Atlanta as a team who can outscore any team in the league, but might struggle stopping them. 

3. Bradley Beal

The Heat are aiming for title hopes, and that may mean trading draft capital and young players for a star to help them reach their title now. If the Heat can’t land Durant, they should try and make a splash for Beal. Beal has been clear about wanting to win a championship, and the Wizards need to rebuild if they want to re-enter the playoff conversation in the future. Both teams can benefit each other, as the Wizards can get a young star in Tyler Herro and draft capital to boost their rebuild. The Wizards could also receive Kyle Lowry to try and flip for even more assets. There’s a scenario where both teams walk away from this trade in a better position than they are in now. 

2. Julius Randle

If it hasn’t been clear, the Heat have a chance to splurge for a star-level player while maintaining championship hopes, and they should jump on that opportunity as quickly as they can. A package around Lowry and a first-round pick could help get Randle to Miami, if the Knicks are set on moving on. If that’s the case, the Heat could have a very solid starting lineup of Herro, Robinson, Butler, Randle, and Adebayo. That lineup would arguably be the favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference, pending moves from other teams. Randle would also be eased of the pressure of being the first option, which would allow him to open up his game a bit. 

1. Dejounte Murray

If the Spurs are all in on beginning their rebuild, and want to move Murray, the Heat could provide the draft capital that the Spurs would ask for. The Spurs reportedly want three first-rounders, and that’s something the Heat could easily provide. The Heat would have a great pairing of Lowry and Murray in the backcourt, with Herro backing them up. Their talent would run deep and they’d have great potential to make it back to the Eastern Conference Finals next season. Murray is a natural fit in Miami as an elite two-way player that improves in some fashion every season.

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Kade has spent his last 3 years writing about the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has also been following the NBA for the past 11 years. Just recently, Kade began co-hosting the Boomtown Hoops Podcast.


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