10 Players the Miami Heat Could Trade for by the Trade Deadline

10 Players the Miami Heat Could Trade for by the Trade Deadline

DeMarcus Cousins Miami Heat

9. Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard Houston Rockets

Potential trade: Hassan Whiteside for Dwight Howard

In December, SheridanHoops.com reported that Dwight Howard was “unhappy” in Houston and an exchange with Whiteside was in the talks. Due to being the second option behind MVP runner-up James Harden, Howard, who can opt out at the end of the season, has averaged just 14.2 points and 11.9 rebounds a game. The center who took the Orlando Magic to the finals in 2008 is still capable of having a big impact on the game. As he’s showed it from time to time, Howard erupted for 36 points and 26 rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Clippers a few weeks ago.

Howard is highly expected to opt out of his contract in the summer and become a free agent like Whiteside. Both teams will have a hard time holding on to their centers as they test free agency. A mid-season swap, to strengthen the two rosters for a finals run, might be best for both parties.

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