Miami Heat president Pat Riley said that the recent trade rumors regarding the center Hassan Whiteside are BS and that he will need more time to evaluate the team. Riley said that it usually takes him 20 games to see if the team is contender or not, but this time it will take more time, specifically 40 games. Miami Heat do look great this season, but they are not championship contender yet.
Market is open and Miami is ready. Some big-name players who appeared in trade rumors are Dwight Howard, DeMarcus Cousins and Carmelo Anthony. Could one of them wear Heat uniform in February? Very likely. Heat are not ready for a trade right now and Riley needs more time to see the direction the team is heading in. If he is not satisfied with it, he will most likely pull one or more trades before the trade deadline in February.
Last season the Heat surprised everyone when they acquired Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns. Dragic is one of the best players at his position and Miami got him in a great deal as they didn't lose any key players or good assets. Pat Riley could do the same in the next February and we might have another blockbuster trade which involves Miami.
Miami Heat's center Hassan Whiteside was included in nearly every trade rumor that appeared lately. However, Whiteside is one of the best centers in the league and Miami will not give up on him so easily. They will have some issues with salary cap next season, but that doesn't mean that the Heat will not be able to give him a new contract. Considering that Whiteside's salary is under a million, he cannot be traded alone and the Heat will need to add a few more players to the trade, that is if the Heat decide to trade him.
Dwight Howard most likely wouldn't be a primary target for the Heat due to his age and recent history of injuries. One the other side, Carmelo Anthony and DeMarcus Cousins are prime superstars and if the Heat acquire one of them this season, it will be a jackpot. However, Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract which will have to be waived in order for him to be traded to another team.
Heat are currently at 16-10 record and they have looked good so far in the season, although it is hard to say whether they are contenders or not. The East is very good this season and the Heat will need to be great in order to qualify to the second round or further, so we might see Riley pull a trade soon and bring a new superstar to the South Beach. Beside the aforementioned players, there are also a few others who the Heat could be targeting, including Nick Young of the Los Angeles Lakers. One of the biggest flaws of the current Heat roster is three-point shooting and Anthony could provide it. However, if the Heat don't sign him then look for them to trade for another shooter to improve in that area.
What do you think about the future of the Heat team for this season? Who would you like Pat Riley to bring before the trade deadline?