The Miami Heat have been very mediocre this NBA season, but they have turned things around as of late and have won 10 of their last 14 games. With Jimmy Butler healthy, this team has a chance to be a legit playoff threat once again, but with him out of their lineup, the Heat look like one of the worst teams in the league.
This team at full strength is definitely a contender in the Eastern Conference, but the question still remains when will they be at full strength? Jimmy Butler has missed some time over the last few weeks with foot and knee injuries, Avery Bradley is still out with a calf injury and Tyler Herro has been in and out of the lineup with numerous injuries.
Only Duncan Robinson has played in every single game for the Heat this season, which is one of the main reasons they have struggled. The defending Eastern Conference Champions have a really solid team, but the lack of depth on the wing has killed them at times this year.
When Jimmy Butler is not on the court, this team does not have Jae Crowder anymore to be a steady veteran presence on the wing, which is why they could look to make a move for a player like Rudy Gay at the NBA trade deadline.
Not only can he still contribute at a high-level offensively, but Gay is in the final year of his contract, making things a little easier for the Heat to acquire him. He will be an intriguing name to watch in NBA trade rumors as the deadline approaches.
Could Miami look to be “buyers” at the NBA trade deadline this season and look to acquire a veteran wing like Rudy Gay? Let’s take a look at what this trade between the Spurs and Heat could potentially look like.