Miami Heat Reportedly Rejecting Trade Inquiries for Norris Cole

February 18th, 2014 by Ben Leibowitz Leave a reply »

With the Feb. 20 NBA trade deadline fast approaching, the two-time defending champion Miami Heat are reportedly rejecting all trade offers for point guard Norris Cole.

According to Shams Charania of Real GM, "For every call, the Heat have offered stiff rejections, sources said, and value Cole as one of their best young assets."

The 25-year-old out of Cleveland State was selected 28th overall in the first round of the 2011 draft. Miami traded up three spots to get him, sending the No. 31 pick, a future second-round pick and cash to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange, per Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

The youngster wasn't a marquee name on draft night, but he's provided the Heat with a solid safety net behind starting point guard Mario Chalmers.

Cole has upped his level of play in three straight seasons and is posting career highs in 2013-14 by averaging 7.6 points, 3.2 assists, 2.6 rebounds, 44.7 percent shooting from the field, 38.3 percent from three-point range and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line. He has played all 51 games thus far for Miami (six starts).

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