Miami Heat Gain Strength in the East, Trade Rumors and More! Shop Best Prices on Heat Tickets!

With the NBA still reeling from the loss of Kobe Bryant, the NBA All-Star Weekend on the horizon, a trade deadline looming, and Miami trying to get itself ready for the Super Bowl, there’s a lot going on in the world of sports right now. As for the Miami Heat, they’ve been steadily improving to become one of the top teams in the East, as well as the whole league. They’ve got a good mix of veterans and new guys, and while it seems like they haven’t even reached their peak yet, they already look like contenders for an NBA title this season. Here’s a look at the Miami Heat’s outlook, including trade rumors and their momentum going forward.

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Miami Heat Team Chemistry, Drama

The Heat have improved immensely since last season. Sure, they might’ve said goodbye to Dwyane Wade, but it was time. Their focus is solely on getting better, and that’s what they’re doing with four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler. The question now is whether or not they’ll make any trades before the deadline on February 6th to keep improving?

Some say they shouldn’t – they don’t need to. Heat president Pat Riley and company should hold fast where they are right now with their roster. Their current team has true chemistry and a certain “it” factor, and any little move stands to damage that delicate mix.

Despite his predilection for drama in previous locker rooms, Butler has proven to work well for the Heat. After acquiring the small forward in the offseason and attempting (but failing) to offload Goran Dragic in the process, the Heat have wound up with an unintended combo that works. Butler is thriving and Dragic has become their go-to sixth man. 

Dwyane Wade says Butler is the right kind of “crazy” for this team and its culture. He’s become a leader to younger players and accountable to his teammates. Butler is also leading the heat with a 20.3 points per game on average. Dragic, meanwhile, adds his veteran know-how to the roster as well. With a 31-13 record, it’s unlikely that the Heat will make any major moves that jeopardize their chemistry going forward. Combined with the likes of Bam Adebayo, who leads the team in rebounds with 10.4 per game, it feels like they’ve got a real chance at a title.

The only actual drama on this Heat team seems to stem from Dion Waiters, who admitted to eating weed gummies on a team flight and required medical attention upon landing. Waiters was suspended for 10 games for that infringement, but it marks the third time this season that he’s been suspended by the team for violating policy or engaging in “conduct detrimental to the team.” He finally made his season debut last Friday, scoring 14 against the Clippers. TBD if they keep Waiters around.

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Miami Heat Trade Rumors…

Names being thrown around as trade options include Tyler Herro, Kendrick Nunn, and Duncan Robinson, but these special rookie standouts could all continue to get better and better (and moving them wouldn’t help salary cap matters much, even if they were all traded away). Justise Winslow hasn’t had a great season so far due to health issues like his current back injury, but his return could be useful in the postseason. Still, the Heat may wind up trading him (and more) for a wing player if they choose to go that route.

There are rumors that the Heat have recently been eyeing the Wizards’ sharpshooter Bradley Beal… but so are lots of other teams. Word is that he’s been disappointed with the Wizards’ performance recently and may seek a championship run elsewhere. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how things shake out over the next week of negotiations before the trade deadline!

Coming up, the Heat have the rest of this week off before they head up the road to Orlando to take on the Magic on Saturday, and then they’ll return home on Monday to play the Philadelphia Sixers. After that, they’re off on a west coast road trip to battle the Los Angeles Clippers, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, and Utah Jazz, which should be a real test of their team chemistry. Stay tuned!

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