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NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Could Acquire Tobias Harris For Kendrick Nunn, Kelly Olynyk, And Andre Iguodala

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NBA Rumors: Miami Heat Could Land Tobias Harris For Andre Iguodala, Kelly Olynyk and Kendrick Nunn

The Miami Heat made a Cinderella run to the NBA Finals, only to fall slightly short. They lost to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in six games. The Miami Heat squad is extremely talented, but with teams like the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets making additions to their roster, the Heat will have a harder time keeping up. The Heat have a talented superstar in Jimmy Butler, but they need more than that to compete with the heavyweights, especially with Kevin Durant in the Eastern Conference.

Perhaps a move for a player like Tobias Harris is in order. While Tobias Harris isn't going to single-handedly change the course of a franchise, he is still an elite complementary player who scored 19.6 PPG on a 76ers team with two high usage stars. He could be a good scoring complement to Jimmy Butler and would slot in well to a secondary role. The 76ers most likely don't want to continue paying Harris: his contract is huge, and his game isn't the perfect fit with Simmons and Embiid. With that being said, here is what a potential trade could look like.

Miami Heat Receive: Tobias Harris

Philadelphia 76ers Receive: Kelly Olynyk, Andre Iguodala, Kendrick Nunn

The 76ers Acquire Perimeter Creation And Clear The Books

It doesn't take a magician to realize that the best formula to help the two 76ers superstars succeed is shooters, and then some more shooters. The 76ers traded for Danny Green and Seth Curry but both have their flaws. Green can randomly go cold, and Seth Curry isn't great on the defensive end of the ball. On top of that, it's hard to make moves when Tobias Harris is your biggest contract: this trade rectifies their salary cap problems by offering appealing expiring contracts such as Kelly Olynyk and Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is an elite defender who plays his best in the playoffs and could relish the chance to finish his career in Philadelphia. Olynyk himself is a stretch big man who can play both frontcourt positions for limited periods of time.

The piece that should intrigue the 76ers with this trade is Kendrick Nunn. Kendrick Nunn is an elite perimeter shot creator, having averaged 15.3 PPG during the 2019-20 season, and being rewarded with an All-Rookie selection for his efforts. Nunn is a willing shooter off the catch and the dribble from beyond the arc, averaging 35.0% on 5.8 attempts from 3PT range. That shot-creating skillset could be useful for the 76ers, who have lacked an elite player that could do that since Jimmy Butler left for the Miami Heat. Nunn could become that player, and his timeline fits with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Adding a perimeter creator like Nunn to a cast of shooters could only mean success for the 76ers.

The Miami Heat Get A Proven Scorer

Look, there's no way that Tobias Harris has played up to the expectations that came with a 180 Million, 5-year contract. The 76ers have struggled mightily since Jimmy Butler departed for the Miami Heat, with Harris being slandered by some as the cause of their problems. While Harris may be overpaid and slightly inconsistent, he's still a good player. Harris can score in an array of ways at the PF position: while he is not amazing defensively, that could be hidden if the Heat were to put him on slower PFs, instead of the wing players that he has had to guard on the 76ers. The key here is the offensive firepower he brings: perhaps a team with an established culture like the Miami Heat could get the best out of him.

A lot of the public perception of Tobias Harris comes from his contract. While he is not a superstar who necessarily was "worth" a huge contract, he is still a three-level scorer, who could thrive with better spacing and players on the perimeter. Harris can still contribute to a contending team, albeit not one which starts two other big men who also happen to be subpar shooters. Joel Embiid is passable (33.1% from 3PT in 2019-20), while Simmons' shot is non-existent. With other perimeter talents on the Heat like Jimmy Butler and Tyler Herro taking attention away from him, Harris can go to his favored isolations and take the ball inside and in the midrange, without worrying about shooting threes much beyond spot-up opportunities.

This is a trade that seems like the best of both worlds for all parties involved: Harris would go to the Heat, who are probably seeking an upgrade at PF while Bam Adebayo plays C. The 76ers would get two good veterans, and a perimeter creator in Kendrick Nunn, who wouldn't be stuck behind Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson in the rotation. This deal gives both teams solid players while fulfilling the needs of each team.


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