The Miami Heat have been among the most active teams in the trade market this offseason -- and with good reason. The acquisition of Jimmy Butler changed the franchise's timeline, and the front-office is feeling pressure to compete now, even if they have to sacrifice their future to do so.
Consequently, Justise Winslow and a number of other young players are rumored to be on the block as Miami looks for potential trade targets. Nothing has been in the works so far, just rumors and gossip.
Still, some suggested trades have potential to take off, including one deal proposed by Bleacher Report's Zach Buckley involving Toronto's Kyle Lowry.
“The Raptors would accept their fate as Kawhi Leonard-less rebuilders and add to their expanding wing collection with Winslow, a turbo-charged version of their Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson additions. Derrick Jones Jr. would make this frontcourt even faster and more explosive. With Pascal Siakam and OG Anunoby already in place, Toronto could be assembling an army of do-it-all stoppers. The expiring deals of Dragic and Leonard would ensure Toronto still clears most of the money Lowry’s would have cleared, and one or both might become a trade chip between now and February.”
The proposed deal would send Lowry to the Heat for Justise Winslow, Goran Dragic, and Derrick Jones Jr. In return for expiring contracts and a young wing, Miami would receive instant playoff contention. The combined star-power of Butler and Lowry would be enough to get them a top-8 seed in the East, maybe higher.
No doubt, they would need more to become a true title threat, but it'd be a good start nonetheless.