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

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4. Norris Cole

Norris Cole of the Miami Heat

As mentioned earlier, Cole was a part of the Heat’s failed trade proposal to the Pistons.

The Heat are ready to part ways with Cole. He is currently third in the point guard pecking order behind Mario Chalmers and Shabazz Napier. With the point guard becoming a free agent this summer, and Miami unlikely to offer a $3 million qualifying option to match offers by the June 30 deadline, they would be letting Cole walk without getting anything in return.

Which means the Heat just have a few more days to get a veteran, a prospect or a draft pick in return for the four-year veteran.

The issue here is that not many teams are willing to unload players and draft picks for a backup point guard who is clearly slumping this season. Cole started out the year as the starting point guard before being replaced by Chalmers.

On the season, he is averaging just 6.3 PPG on 38.6 percent shooting from the field. Making matters worse, his field goal percentage from three-point range is just 26.5 percent. Both shooting marks are career-lows.

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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.