• July 19, 2021

Which team should the Heat take at the deadline?

It’s almost over.

The Miami Heat are headed into free agency, with the opportunity to re-sign Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson, Dion Waiters, Udonis Haslem, Umar Aminu, and Josh Richardson to the maximum.

Unfortunately, those deals don’t include a future extension, as the Heat have no cap space at this time.

That’s something the Heat should address.

Let’s take a look at what teams need to address in order to land the biggest players available in free agency.

1.

Denver Nuggets.

The Nuggets have three stars on their roster: Emmanuel Mudiay, Jokic, and Wilson Chandler.

It would make sense for them to look to add to the roster.

While it’s possible the Nuggets could move on from Mudiaday and Jokics, there are plenty of suitors willing to take on those salaries, with several teams already reportedly interested in the player.

They could also look to reacquire Mudiapics’ expiring contract.

There’s also the possibility that the Nuggets don’t want to spend another year of their $40 million cap hold.

The team would have to trade Mudiak, who is a restricted free agent this summer.

Denver could also sign Okur to a new deal, which would be a more attractive offer.

But while it’s not impossible, there’s no guarantee Denver can re-work their roster before signing Okur.

So Denver needs to get creative to land a superstar.

Let us know which player would you take if you had the chance.

2.

Houston Rockets.

James Harden and Jeremy Lin have both struggled to find chemistry with Harden in the post.

With a plethora of options available at the position, the Rockets need to find a new leader.

That person would be Lin.

The Rockets are in desperate need of a wing player who can create offense and help them score.

Lin has averaged 12.6 points per game and 11.4 rebounds in his last nine games.

He could potentially come off the bench and play a significant role for the Rockets.

He can also be a big-time scorer and rebounder, which are the exact skills the Rockets want.

The Houston Rockets are also in desperate needs of a backup point guard.

That is what Jeremy Lin would bring to the table.

3.

New Orleans Pelicans.

Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans are the only two players on the Pelicans roster with NBA experience.

The two would be great additions to a team looking to add a new face at the point guard position.

They have two other players on their team who are also capable of playing the position: Justin Anderson and Tyus Jones.

Anderson is a versatile, athletic wing who can score from three and shoot the ball.

Evans is an athletic big man who can play the three or play the position in the paint.

Both are versatile, so they could easily fit the Pelicans’ roster.

They’d be perfect for the team’s offense, but would likely take time to gel together.

4.

Boston Celtics.

Isaiah Thomas has been playing at an elite level in his first three seasons with the Celtics.

But he’s never averaged more than 13.5 points per contest.

He’s also averaged just under 6 assists per game in his career.

Thomas would be perfect as the second point guard behind Al Horford.

Thomas has also struggled with consistency in his play, which is something that could work in his favor in Boston.

Thomas is averaging just over 5 assists per contest in his five seasons with Boston, but is averaging nearly 16 points per outing.

He also averages just under 5 rebounds per contest per contest, which could work against him in the short term.

Thomas can play both forward spots and could play either a spot on the perimeter or a position of need for the Celtics in the future.

He would fit perfectly with the team.

5.

Portland Trail Blazers.

Damian Lillard is still trying to find his place in the league.

He played a lot of point guard last season, but has struggled to finish his shots, particularly in the free throw line.

He had a career-high 29.8 percent shooting from the field in 2016-17, but his percentage dipped to 23.7 percent in 2017-18.

Lillard could use some help in the mid-range area.

He averaged just over 7 points per possession in his rookie season with the Blazers.

He has averaged just 5.9 points per 36 minutes in the past two seasons.

6.

Los Angeles Lakers.

Lonzo Ball has been one of the best players in the NBA this season, averaging 22.6 ppg, 7.8 apg, and 1.8 rpg in a season where he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year.

That makes Ball a perfect fit for the Lakers, who are looking to find some much-needed firepower at the center position.

Lonz has a lot to prove at the NBA level, but he’s a talented player who could bring some much needed help to the Lakers. 7.