Coming off an appearance in the 2020 NBA Finals, there were some high expectations for the Miami Heat during the 2020-21 season that they failed to meet. Injuries and health protocols really derailed Miami’s season and limited their overall success, which resulted in them being swept by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the playoffs.
The Bucks ultimately went on to win the championship, so I guess it is fair to say that the Heat were “destined” to lose this series any way you look at it, but they could have at least made their fan base at ease a little bit more with one win.
Now, after a dissipating end to last season, Miami made some big upgrades roster-wise in the offseason by adding the likes of Kyle Lowry, P.J. Tucker, and some other key role players in Markieff Morris and Dewayne Dedmon.
Miami looks like a team that can truly contend with the likes of the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks now, but they may not be done constructing their roster just yet. Financially, they are limited in terms of what they could possibly do, but team president Pat Riley has never been afraid of making moves before and during a season.
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At some point, the Heat are going to look to upgrade the talent on their roster again, whether it be because of injuries or something else, which is why we should still consider them “buyers” as the new season approaches.
The Heat do not have many tradable assets other than Tyler Herro and Miami has remained adamant on keeping him long-term, so who knows what they could give up in a potential trade, but they should definitely be monitoring the status of these three players heading into training camp.