Despite the best efforts of superstar Jimmy Butler, the Miami Heat were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Finals this year, after a tough 7-game series against the Boston Celtics. It is clear right now that the Miami Heat need to change their roster to become that championship-contending team again.
In this article, we will cover 5 blockbuster trades that Miami Heat fans would welcome this offseason. These trades would get the Heat that secondary star next to Jimmy Butler and make them an even bigger threat in the Eastern Conference.
4. Zach LaVine
Miami Heat Receive: Zach LaVine
Chicago Bulls Receive: Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, 2024 First-Round Pick (MIA)
Zach LaVine is one of the high-profile free agents of the summer, and there's no doubt that he will have a lot of suitors. The Miami Heat could potentially try to acquire him. Since he is a free agent, he would be moved via sign and trade.
The Miami Heat package for Zach LaVine would be made up of Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and a 2024 first-round pick. Tyler Herro would obviously be the most crucial part of the deal. He won Sixth Man of the Year this season, and he averaged 20.7 PPG, 5.0 RPG, and 4.0 APG during the season.
Duncan Robinson is an elite shooter, who ended up getting his minutes cut in the playoffs. Perhaps he will have a better time finding minutes on the Miami Heat. The first-round pick would be the draft compensation sweetener in this deal.
One thing to note in this scenario is that the Miami Heat would have to clear around $8.2 million in salary to make sure a Zach LaVine sign-and-trade with his veteran max contract is legal financially. The obvious candidate to move would be Kyle Lowry, who was subpar in the playoffs and seemed to struggle offensively.
Zach LaVine would give the Miami Heat a bona fide scorer who could be the No. 2 option behind Jimmy Butler and maybe even take over in certain games. The Miami Heat would also have Bam Adebayo on the roster, and a big 3 featuring those 3 All-Stars would be a force in the Western Conference.
3. Bradley Beal
Miami Heat Receive: Bradley Beal
Washington Wizards Receive: Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry, Gabe Vincent
Even though he has been continually loyal to the Washington Wizards, Bradley Beal has recently stated that his free agency decision will be dependent on where he can win. The Miami Heat could potentially be that destination: they were one game away from the Finals, and perhaps Bradley Beal is the player that could get them over the hump. This move would either be done via sign-and-trade or Bradley Beal opting into his player option and then extending with the Miami Heat once traded.
This package is made up of 3 players: Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry, and Gabe Vincent. Tyler Herro would once again be the centerpiece of the trade here, and he could potentially be a future franchise cornerstone for them. The Washington Wizards would be able to give him a lot of touches offensively, and getting a good scoring guard like Tyler Herro as the main return for Bradley Beal wouldn't be bad at all.
Gabe Vincent has shown to be a solid bench player, and there's no doubt that he can provide value to the team. If he were traded, it would make sense that he would also be extended by the Washington Wizards, as having proven role players on the team wouldn't be a bad thing. Kyle Lowry would be in this trade for salary matching purposes, but he is also an experienced veteran that has leadership value for a team.
Bradley Beal is one of the best volume scorers in the league, and there's no doubt that he'd help reduce the offensive load on Jimmy Butler. Adding a scorer should be the biggest priority for the Miami Heat this offseason, and there's no doubt that Bradley Beal fits the bill.
2. Damian Lillard
Miami Heat Receive: Damian Lillard
Portland Trail Blazers Receive: Tyler Herro, Kyle Lowry, Duncan Robinson, 2023 First-Round Pick (MIA), 2027 First-Round Pick (MIA)
The Portland Trail Blazers don't look like they will be competing anytime soon, and the Western Conference is about to get tougher, with players like Zion Williamson, Kawhi Leonard, and Jamal Murray returning from injury. It would make sense for the Portland Trail Blazers to rebuild and start anew.
In this hypothetical trade scenario, the Miami Heat would send out another Tyler Herro-centered package, with Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson being the pieces that make the deal work financially. A player like Damian Lillard would also require a good amount of draft compensation, so there are two first-round picks included in this package.
Pairing Tyler Herro with Anfernee Simons would give the Portland Trail Blazers a backcourt that would be elite for years to come. They also have the No. 7 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, which means that they could potentially select another elite young player and build up a bit of a young core.
Kyle Lowry and Duncan Robinson wouldn't fit the Trail Blazers' rebuilding plans in this scenario, but it's possible that both players would get traded later down the line so the team can acquire more young players and draft compensation.
Damian Lillard is a top-tier point guard when healthy, and he has played at a top-10 player level prior to this season. He could potentially continue to do so with the Miami Heat, and he would no longer have to shoulder the immense offensive load that he did in Portland. He and Jimmy Butler would immediately become one of the best duos in the league, and he is a player that would be a difference-maker for the Miami Heat.
1. Donovan Mitchell
Miami Heat Receive: Donovan Mitchell
Utah Jazz Receive: Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Max Strus, 2023 First-Round Pick (MIA), 2028 First-Round Pick (MIA)
Donovan Mitchell still has a long-term contract with the Utah Jazz, but there have been whispers that he might want out from the Utah Jazz after their disappointing playoff run this year. The Miami Heat were notably mentioned as a "smart destination" for him, and speculation only increased after Donovan Mitchell was spotted hanging out with Jimmy Butler recently.
There is no question that a Donovan Mitchell trade would require a good amount of trade assets from the Miami Heat. In this scenario, the Miami Heat would be moving Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and Max Strus in this scenario, along with two first-round picks.
Tyler Herro would give the Utah Jazz a scorer that could immediately slot into the starting shooting guard slot. Duncan Robinson and Max Strus are elite shooters that can fill rotational spots on the roster, while the two first-round picks would set up the Utah Jazz nicely for the future.
Donovan Mitchell would benefit the Miami Heat in multiple ways. Obviously, he would give them an elite offensive player that could make them into a championship team. But also, he would give them a tried and tested young cornerstone to continue to build around as Jimmy Butler ages, and he and Bam Adebayo would clearly be the Miami Heat star duo of the future. Overall, getting Donovan Mitchell would allow the Miami Heat to add a young star that could potentially help now and become the face of the franchise later on in his career.