The Miami Heat made a surprising move this past offseason. Going into free agency, the Miami Heat were capped at and had no plans of signing a big player. But, they were able to complete a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers and were able to acquire Jimmy Butler.
Even though they were able to get Jimmy, people are still questioning if the Heat will even make the playoffs.
Even with Jimmy, the team around him isn’t up to par with the top teams in the East and if the Heat want to contend, they must trade for all-star/star players that are currently on the trade block. Here is how the Miami Heat can create a formidable big three.
Trade For Chris Paul
Chris Paul was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder this past offseason in exchange for Russell Westbrook and it is no secret that the Oklahoma City Thunder are looking to trade him. The stigma surrounding Chris Paul currently is that he is overpaid and is out of his prime, but CP3 still has a lot left to provide for a team. You can also contribute Chris Paul’s recent decline to injuries and the fact that he had to share the ball with James Harden.
Last season, with James Harden on the court, CP3’s per 36 numbers were 14.4 points and 7 assists per game while shooting 40.4% from the field and 33% from the three. Now with Harden off the court, CP3’s per 36 numbers skyrocketed to 22.5 points and 12.5 assists per game while shooting 43.6% from the field and 39.1% from three. As you can see, playing alongside Harden took away from CP3’s overall game but playing with Butler, I would expect his stats to be a lot better.
A potential trade for Chris Paul by the Miami Heat would be Goran Dragic, Meyers Leonard, Derrick Jones, and a couple of 2nd round picks in exchange for Chris Paul.
Chris Paul’s current value on the market is minuscule and being able to get rid of his contract would be a win for the Oklahoma City Thunder. Also, due to Chris Paul’s large contract, the Heat may be able to finesse a first-round pick from the Thunder. I say this because the Miami Heat currently cannot trade any of their own first-round picks as the Stepien Rule prevents them from doing so until 2025.
For the Thunder, Goran Dragić and Meyers Leonard are both expiring contracts so the Thunder would be freeing up a ton of cap. For the Heat, you are receiving a player in Chris Paul who can still give you anywhere between 15-18 points and 7-10 assists per game.
Chris Paul and Jimmy Butler should be a better combo than Paul-Harden as Butler isn’t someone who always needs the ball in his hands. This move would turn the Heat into a top 6 team in the East, but this next move could potentially turn them into a contender.
Trade For Bradley Beal
Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards currently have a predicament on their hands. Beal has come out and said that he isn’t looking to sign an extension currently and would rather wait to see what the future holds for this team. With the aggressive nature of the Heat, it would make a lot of sense for them to go all-in and look to add Bradley Beal.
Bradley is someone who can give you 25 points a night, every night as he is also someone who is consistently healthy. Bradley is also only 26, and just entering his prime, so this a potential trade would benefit the Heat now and in the future.
A potential trade for Bradley Beal would be Justise Winslow, Tyler Herro, Bam Adebayo, and Dion Waiters (to make the money work) in exchange for Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans. Now, if this doesn’t get it done for the Wizards, this is where trying to get a first-round pick from the Thunder could really benefit the Heat.
For the Wizards, you will be receiving three intriguing young players in Winslow, Herro, and Adebayo to add on to your young core of Rui Hachimura and Thomas Bryant. This trade would officially start the rebuild in Washington and signal the end of the John Wall Era as well.
You are also saving a ton of cap and getting something in return for Bradley Beal rather than letting him walk in Free Agency for nothing in two seasons.
For the Heat, you would be receiving an All-Star player alongside Jimmy Butler and potentially Chris Paul and this trade would immediately leap-frog the Heat right back into the possibility of coming out of the East.
A Big-3 of Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal, and Chris Paul would create a three-headed monster that should put fear into other teams. The combination of offense and defense between this trio would make them able to compete with anyone in the East.
The biggest concern for this team would be their lack of depth as you would have to completely gut the roster to be able to trade for Chris Paul and Bradley Beal but there are still some good free agents out there in Kenneth Faried, J.R. Smith, Joakim Noah, Iman Shumpert, and Carmelo Anthony who could all come in and have an immediate impact on the team. Not to mention the buy-out market could provide extra depth for the team.
There may also be some questions as to why the Heat would get rid of all of their youth, but the Heat are known as an aggressive team. We saw that this offseason as they obviously traded for Jimmy Butler because they believe that they can contend and they will use the assets on their roster to go out there and make trades to surround Jimmy with the help that he needs.