5 Miami Heat Players Most Likely to be Traded before the Deadline

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2. Danny Granger

Danny Granger of the Miami Heat

Danny Granger was a low-risk signing in the aftermath of James leaving for Cleveland last summer.

The hope was that Granger would prove to be a viable scoring option off the bench, while regaining some of the explosiveness that made him an NBA All-Star back in 2009.

Unfortunately, the veteran small forward missed the first 10 games of the season due to a hamstring injury. Since then, Granger has been very limited in what he has contributed on the court for Miami. Going into the All-Star break, the 31-year-old was averaging just 6.3 PPG on 40.1 percent shooting from the field in just 30 appearances.

Clearly, Granger has not been the sixth man the Heat envisioned when they signed him less than a year ago.

Miami has been shopping the veteran small forward around, and was insistent on trading Granger when they tried to package him with Norris Cole for Jonas Jerebko of the Detroit Pistons recently. Unfortunately for the Heat, the Pistons didn’t want Granger.

However, the small forward is on a modest two-year, $4.2 million deal and is due just $2.2 million next season. That makes it viable that a team could take a chance on the 10-year veteran.

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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.