NBA Draft 2010: Implications of Miami Heat Trading Out of the First Round

June 23rd, 2010 by James Wong Leave a reply »
Well it hasn't taken long for the trades to start flying. If you haven't read the news headline today, it reads: "Thunder get Cook, 18th pick in draft from Heat." While on the surface this seems like a trade involving a weak first-round pick and a rotation player, the implications for this go far beyond what can be interpreted at face value. 

By pulling the trigger on this deal, the Heat have rid themselves of $2.2 million due to be paid to Daequan Cook next season, as well as the $3 million (approximately) that the 18th pick is valued at. According to ESPN reports, this puts the Miami Heat payroll at $44 million entering free agency. That's a figure that is enough to re-sign Dwyane Wade and potentially bring in two maximum-contract players. 

This certainly puts the Heat in the driving seat with July 1st just around the corner. However, are there negatives to this trade? Was it worth it to offload Cook, an inconsistent yet promising shooter? What about the 18th pick and potential rookies that could have been taken at that slot? 

The answer to both of those questions is simple. Cook, while dangerous from the perimeter, has regressed ...

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