Cornered Miami Heat Need Pat Riley’s Creative Magic at NBA Trade Deadline

February 12th, 2016 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

MIAMI — The upcoming NBA trade deadline is equal parts puzzling and straightforward for the Miami Heat.

Sitting 26th in three-point makes and 28th in percentage, it's obvious where this roster needs improvement: outside shooting.

Where this gets tricky, though, is deciphering what the Heat can and would part with to address their greatest need. With no valuable future draft picks to move and desires to chase the top upcoming free agents, there's no real way to sweeten a trade pot.

Whatever they dangle on the open market is likely to come from their current rotation, which carries considerable risk for a hopeful contender.


Backed Into a Corner "I've talked to Heat executives who have been working the phones over the last month to try to 'balance the roster,' is how they put it,"'s Michael Wallace told Bleacher Report. "They don't want to just disrupt what this team is trying to build. Having said that, they do know that they need another shooter."

Without some perimeter relief, the Heat are handcuffing their own offense.

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