Is this the trade transaction Miami Heat fans have been waiting for? 

The Heat are rumored to be in talks with the Oklahoma City Thunder on a potential Trevor Ariza deal, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor. The Thunder are asking for a second-round pick in exchange for Ariza. 

Ariza, who won an NBA championship with the Lakers in 2009, has yet to see action this season. The small forward last played for the Portland Trail Blazers in 2009, where he averaged 11 points, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds. He’s a proven veteran presence who can help boost the Heat’s offense and provide grit and hustle similar to what Jae Crowder did last season. Ariza is also a 35.2 percent three-point shooter which would greatly benefit the Heat’s second unit. 

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The defending Eastern Conference champions could really use a boost to their offense right now given their mediocre start in the first half of the regular season. Thankfully, they can rely on Jimmy Butler for now who has led the team to win 14 of their last 18 games. The East has loaded up more superstar talent, which means that the Heat have to step up their game. If the Heat can add a versatile and deep role player they will have another chance at making a strong run this postseason.

The Heat are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference behind the Philadelphia 76ers,  Brooklyn Nets, and Milwaukee Bucks. To compete with these teams, they should load up on two-way players who can stretch the floor on the offensive side and be able to defend wing player. Ariza is a stout defender, which is something that would greatly benefit the Heat.