Miami could target Demar DeRozan or LaMarcus Aldridge through trade
The Miami Heat are currently third in the Eastern Conference standings with an 11-4 record and it seems that they’re just going to get better. The team is thriving under the leadership of All-Star forward Jimmy Butler, but general manager Pat Riley has made it clear that they could make moves to improve the roster.
When ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins suggested this week that the struggling San Antonio Spurs should consider trading LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan, the Heat immediately came to mind, not only because Pat Riley said this week that he’s open to making a move if it’s the right one, but also because Riley has long admired both players and, most importantly, because neither has a contract that extends beyond the key summer of 2021.
The Spurs are struggling mightily this season. They have lost eight of their last ten games and it seems that they are bound to miss the playoffs. Although Gregg Popovich has proven time and time again that San Antonio can turn things around any time, maybe it would be better for them to rebuild since they aren’t title contenders this season.
DeRozan and Aldridge are still putting up impressive numbers this season (22-5-4 and 18-6-2 respectively), but the Spurs haven’t been able to capitalize. As the season progresses, the Heat will probably explore their options, but it would be in their best interest not to go after San Antonio’s vets as the team will probably ask for a young player in return, most probably Kendrick Nunn or Tyler Herro.
But if the Heat will be able to trade for either DeRozan or LMA without giving any of their young prospects, then it would be a massive win for them.