With still more than half of the games in the season still left to play, the Miami Heat are already looking to cut down on their losses this year and revamp their roster.
According to a ESPN’s Zach Lowe in the recent episode of his podcast, the South Beach team are making all their players available for trade. This includes their current franchise player, Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic and team captain Udonis Haslem, who has played his entire career with the Heat.
“Up and down the roster, literally every player. Literally no one is untouchable, not even Hassan Whiteside, by a long shot.”
After losing Dwyane Wade in free agency and Chris Bosh failing his physical right before the start of the team’s training camp, many believed that the Heat will struggle winning games this season. However, what they did not expect is seeing them ranked 15th in the Eastern Conference with an 11-28 record and their rotation players battling different injuries.
Whiteside and Dragic will certainly receive the most inquiries as they are at the peak of their careers and can definitely bolster a contender’s roster. The Heat also have some young players who might intrigue other teams with the potential they have shown the past two seasons like Justise Winslow and Josh Richardson.
Should Lowe’s claim be true, it can be considered as damage control for the franchise as they have already accepted that this season is a loss for them and that they need to rebuild.
The development is a surprising one especially with the Heat being perennial title contenders just a few seasons ago with their “Big Three” of Wade, Bosh and LeBron James.
The situation in Miami is definitely worth monitoring and will be interesting to find out which teams will make the first calls to Pat Riley and company to try and work out a deal that both parties will benefit from.