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

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

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2. Markieff Morris/P.J. Tucker

Markieff Morris

Potential trade: Luol Deng and Chris Andersen for Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker

The Phoenix Suns are a disaster. From top to bottom, the franchise is heading nowhere except the NBA lottery this upcoming offseason. Since trading Marcus Morris to the Detroit Pistons last summer, twin brother Markieff Morris has been in an irate mood. Now with Bledsoe out for the season and the team sitting just above the Lakers in the standings, all attention is on developing young guys Devin Booker, Archie Goodwin and T.J Warren.

Morris and P.J. Tucker, both out of the developmental stage, need to be shipped. The two players are on fair contracts, although it would damage the Heat’s chances of getting active during free agency. It’s inevitable, however, that Morris will be traded, but where to remains the mystery. While the Cleveland Cavaliers, Pelicans, Toronto Raptors and Houston Rockets all have made frequent pitches, don’t count the Heat out.

In Miami, Morris gets the novelty of playing with former teammates Goran Dragic and Green as well as becoming an integral part of the rotation. Morris figures to be an upgrade at the backup power forward position for Chris Bosh. Tucker also would be a valuable asset on the Heat as a similar version of Deng. Not too involved in the offense but heavily depended for on the defensive side, Tucker would casually slip into Deng’s role. The move may not look colorful during free agency but it’s a realistic help-now trade the Heat should explore.

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