The Miami Heat are one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference this upcoming season because they will be building off an excellent season where they shocked the NBA Universe and reached the NBA Finals. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are back for another run, and many of the key pieces including Goran Dragic are back as well. Miami is coming for another shot for the title.
But they will be able to greatly boost their chances and ensure a 2021 Finals appearance by trading for Rockets superstar James Harden. Jimmy Butler stated that he wants James Harden "to be happy", and James Harden also stated that Miami is on his list of preferred destinations. To make the deal happen, Miami will need to unload their most valued asset in Tyler Herro which they have been reluctant to do at all.
Here is how the Miami Heat can make a deal with the Houston Rockets to acquire James Harden and form the league's best Big Three.
Trade Package: Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, Kendrick Nunn, Andre Iguodala, Kelly Olynyk for James Harden
The Miami Heat Win The East And Most Likely The Championship
The Miami Heat shocked the world last season, defeating the likes of the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics to reach the NBA Finals. But they will not be looking for another Cinderella story in 2021, as they want to win the championship and not just make the Finals. Jimmy Butler has proven to be a franchise player capable of being the best player on a championship team, and Bam Adebayo is one of the best centers in the NBA.
The Heat can play uptempo, in the half-court, and commit defensively. The practices are always brutal and every player is expected to perform at their highest capacity under head coach Erik Spoelstra. For Miami, they have everything in place to win a championship and only need the likes of a third star to bridge a gap between themselves and the rest of the Eastern Conference. A superstar like James Harden not only guarantees a spot for Miami in the Finals but just might make them the favorites over the Lakers.
James Harden is a rare talent, the kind that comes every once in a decade at the very least. His ability to score the ball and also set up his teammates makes him one of the best players in the world at this very moment. Harden can walk into any team and immediately become the most talented player on the roster barring the likes of LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
With Miami, Harden’s ability to get to the rim will open up lobs to Bam or an easy bucket for him each trip down the floor. We saw how deadly the Harden and Clint Capela duo worked, so imagine how it will work with Bam who is a much more talented offensive center. Moreover, Jimmy Butler will get some superstar help. Butler did everything for Miami in the Finals and even managed to carry them to 2 wins against LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and the Los Angeles Lakers. With Harden, Butler’s game opens up even more and he can focus on being the best defensive wing in the NBA.
Houston Rockets Rebuild Around John Wall, Tyler Herro, Duncan Robinson, and Kendrick Nunn
Losing James Harden will hurt the franchise for a very long time because he has been their franchise player and driving force to multiple playoff runs over the past few years. Harden is literally the heart and soul of the Houston Rockets because his offense makes them a nearly unbeatable force when the team is making shots.
His 34.3 PPG average last year was the main reason Houston managed to reach the Western Conference Semi-Finals, although he couldn’t quite get enough help against the Lakers. His desire to be traded means Houston needs to go for the best available deal, and perhaps shipping him off to the East. The Miami Heat have a ton of young assets that Houston can use for a rebuild, with the most valuable being Tyler Herro.
Herro had a special rookie season, as he was arguably the third or fourth-best player for the Heat during their Finals run. Herro averaged 13.5 PPG, 4.1 RPG, and 2.2 APG for the Heat while shooting 38.9% from three. His numbers were solid for a rookie but his impact was far greater. Herro had no fear and his willingness to be an aggressor on offense helped put pressure on opposing defenses every single game.
Herro’s mentality is rare for a young player and he will be a perfect cornerstone piece for Houston as they move on from their superstar shooting guard. The Rockets will also get Duncan Robinson, one of the best shooters in the NBA who shot 44.6% from three last season. Kendrick Nunn is another young point guard who had a great rookie season, dropping 15.3 PPG on 35.0% shooting from three. Kelly Olynyk isn’t a star but adds a third big man to Houston’s ranks alongside Christian Wood and DeMarcus Cousins.
A lineup with newly acquired John Wall, Herro, Robinson, P.J. Tucker, and Christian Wood is very solid and could be a playoff team. With the likes of Nunn, Eric Gordon, Olynyk, and Cousins off the bench; the Rockets have plenty of depth as well. John Wall is one of the best playmakers in the league when healthy so Houston should pull the trigger on this deal to kickstart their rebuild as soon as possible.