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NBA Rumors: Miami More Likely To Trade For Jrue Holiday Than Chris Paul



The Miami Heat have been one of the surprise teams of the season so far. With a 20-8 record, and 2nd place standing in the West, they have emerged as a legitimate threat in the East this year.

No doubt, the depth and star-power of their roster are playing a significant role in their success. Jimmy Butler has been a near MVP candidate (21 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds), Kendrick Nunn is a favorite for Rookie of the Year honors (16 points, 3.6 assists), and young center Bam Adebayo has become one of the best bigs in the game 15 points, 19.7 rebounds).

Yet, despite having all of that, Pat Riley and the team front-office may not be done making moves. According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, the team is on a search for a star point guard, with Jrue Holiday being their biggest target.

Spoelstra’s dizzying offense can accommodate another superstar, and the Heat have their sights set on the 2021 offseason to find one; it’s no secret around the league that they are planning on making a run at Giannis Antetokounmpo. Unless they make a trade for a player like Holiday, who holds a $27.1 million player option for the 2021-22 season, the Heat are unlikely to take on any long-term salary that compromises their 2021 cap space, according to league sources. As of now, they’ll be able to easily create cap space to sign a max player that summer.

As a former All-Star, Jrue has a lot to offer the Heat. On defense, he is more than capable of holding his own and can help Jimmy Butler lockup some of the NBA's best backcourts. On offense, he is an excellent scorer and distributor, capable of helping his team in a multitude of different ways.

But if the Heat want him, they'll have to be willing to pay the price. It will be interesting to see what plays out as February's trade deadline draws closer.