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

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5. Chris Andersen

Chris Andersen of the Miami Heat

Chris Andersen remains the best and most likely Heat player to actually be traded by the deadline.

Despite the fact that he’s 36 years of age, “Birdman” remains a coveted piece for title-contending teams. His ability to impact a game with his energy and ability to blocks shots are rare traits that not many players possess.

Because of Hassan Whiteside’s emergence and a plethora of big men on the free agent market in Amar’e Stoudemire, Samuel Dalembert and Andray Blatche, Andersen becomes an expendable piece for a Heat team that isn’t in title contention this season.

By trading “Birdman,” the Heat will increase their chances of getting a decent point guard, a prospect or even a draft pick in return.

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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.