The Miami Heat have been the most disappointing team so far this NBA season and while they have won five straight games ahead of their matchup with the Hawks, this team is still struggling to find their identity. This year’s Miami team just does not look like they are playing with a sense of urgency and they quite honestly do not look like they care at times.
If the Heat do not turn things around quickly, they could find themselves fighting just to get into the playoffs at the end of the season! Missing the playoffs would not be a good look for this organization and if we know anything about Pat Riley, it is that he is going to do everything he can to turn this roster around into a legit championship contender it should be.
Of course, injuries and safety protocols have negatively affected this team to this point in the year, but they could really use the addition of an impactful second-unit player. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo cannot do everything for this team and if they are not going to add a high-level talent like Zach LaVine or Bradley Beal, then they need to target a solid, rotational player like Thaddeus Young, who can bolster their frontcourt and second-unit.
This year with the Bulls, Young has emerged as a “do-it-all” kind of player for them and in the absence of Lauri Markkanen, has stepped up to being a great frontcourt player. This season, he is averaging 11.9 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.3 steals and is shooting 59.8% from the floor off-the-bench. He’s emerged as one of the most intriguing names in NBA trade rumors ahead of the deadline.
Bam Adebayo is the only real threat in the Heat’s frontcourt since Kelly Olynyk is nothing more than a spot-up three-point shooter, which is why Thad Young could be a huge addition to this team and potentially be an impactful bench player that pushes them into the playoffs.
What will the Heat have to give up in return tho for Young, who has a high price tag right now?