Kyle Lowry, JJ Redick, Davis Bertans are potential trade targets for Heat
The Miami Heat might no longer have its eye on Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul, but they could still go shopping before the trade deadline. They’re reportedly eyeing names like Kyle Lowry, JJ Redick, and Davis Bertans, among others, according to Tom Haberstroh of NBC Sports.
Paul is reportedly not the best mesh next to Butler—two veteran leaders with strong character that could clash on the court. Yet the Heat could aim to bring in a proven veteran like Lowry, whom the Toronto Raptors made more palatable by tacking on another year into his contract.
The Raptors started off strong, but have recently felt the strain of a long NBA season. Should they fall out of the playoff race, they could soon cut the cord on Lowry and other expiring contracts like Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka.
The New Orleans Pelicans have been reluctant to trade veteran sniper JJ Redick, but if an offer gaudy enough comes their way, they would be foolish not to take it. The marksman is owed $26.5 million over two seasons, but he can be more than the voice of reason and veteran leader he was tasked to be for this roster, with most contenders viewing him as the lone missing piece to a championship team.
A more affordable choice would be Bertans, whom the team was forced to let walk to make room for Marcus Morris. We all know how that story turned out.
Now a member of the Washington Wizards, Bertans is averaging 15.7 points and 4.7 rebounds while shooting an incandescent 46.5% from deep — good for fourth-best in the league — and already with 92 makes on the young season. Adding a big-man sharpshooter to a frontline of Bam Adebayo and Meyers Leonard would give the Heat an arsenal of weapons to deploy and plenty of firepower to take them into the postseason.