Last season, the Miami Heat were not a team a lot of people picked to win the Eastern Conference and make it to the NBA Finals, but in the Orlando Bubble, anything was possible. The Heat was not the best team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season last year, but as soon as they got to the NBA bubble, things quickly changed.
They swept the Pacers 4-0 in the first-round, then almost swept the #1 team in the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, beating them 4-1, then clinched their spot in the 2020 NBA Finals after defeating the Boston Celtics 4-2 in the Eastern Conference Finals.
What made last year’s Miami Heat team so special was because of how well they “spread the wealth” on offense and how everyone on their roster played with a “chip on their shoulder.” Not only was Jimmy Butler criticized before going to the Miami Heat with people saying he was a cancer to any locker room and was not a good teammate, but he absolutely gained the respect of everyone with the way he led this Heat team.
With Jimmy Butler set to be this organization’s leader for the foreseeable future and after breakout years for Bam Adebayo, Duncan Robinson and Tyler Herro, the Miami Heat look like a team that will be fighting to make the NBA Finals to represent the Eastern Conference for many years to come.
One thing we know about Pat Riley though is that he is always looking for ways to make his team better and bring in superstar talent to win championships now. While the Heat is coming off an NBA Finals appearance, they could be in the market to acquire another superstar caliber player near the trade deadline.
Zach LaVine is a name that keeps getting brought up in trade talks and with the assets the Heat could potentially offer, he could be an All-Star level talent Miami looks to add to the equation. Let’s take a look at a potential trade between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls that pair Zach LaVine with Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo in South Beach.