Final 2015 NBA Trade Deadline Shopping List for the Miami Heat

February 17th, 2015 by Luke Petkac Leave a reply »

The Miami Heat are in a weird spot heading into the 2015 NBA trade deadline.

Miami is currently the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. But it's just 22-30 and has no real shot at making noise in the playoffs if it does get there. Most teams in this kind of situation look to slowly rebuild by amassing picks or young players and pouncing on opportunistic trades. The Heat don't have that luxury.

Dwyane Wade likely doesn't have many more productive years left, which means Miami has to focus on upgrading its roster now. Unfortunately, the Heat aren't just a small piece or two away from real contention. They need at least one really good player to have a shot at playoff success, even when you factor in Hassan Whiteside's emergence and Josh McRoberts' return from injury next season.

That leaves Miami with two primary options at the trade deadline. It could go all-in on a major player—easier said than done considering both its lack of big expiring contracts and how many future picks it owes, per RealGM. Or it could search the bargain bin for cheap contracts, plugging some of this year's holes ...

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